Why use a McKenzie Friend in place of a Solicitor or Barrister?
Although there are many reasons why people may choose to use a McKenzie Friend instead of instructing a solicitor or barrister, the main reason is that using a McKenzie friend is more cost-effective and can provide an equally professional service. Another reason often shared by clients is that they feel more in control of their case and outcome and feel more comfortable with a McKenzie Friend. Clients also say they find it easier to deal with a professional and experienced McKenzie Friend. So there is an alternative solution to solicitors or going it alone, you can represent yourself, with a professional and experienced McKenzie Friend's guidance throughout the process.
What can a McKenzie Friend do?
A McKenzie Friend can:
Assist with letter writing and preparing documents
Attending court and pre-trial meetings with you,
Negotiate with the other side outside the court room,
Take notes and prepare questions/submissions in advance of the hearing,
On occasion, and with permission from the Judge, speak on your behalf.
What can a McKenzie Friend not do?
A McKenzie Friend cannot:
Sign or send papers to court on your behalf, we can assist in preparing documents for your signature.
Address the court, or examine any witnesses. On occasion, Judges have granted McKenzie Friends, the right to speak on behalf of the client.
We suggest that you choose your McKenzie Friend very carefully and find someone who you can trust and who you feel comfortable with. Research has been undertaken into the role of McKenzie Friends by the Legal Services Consumer Panel which can be accessed by using the following link:
Contact us for further information or for a free initial consultation.