McKenzie Friend

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:

 

http://www.legalservicesconsumerpanel.org.uk/publications/research and reports/documents/2014%2004%2017%20MKF_Final.pdf

 

Contact us for further information or for a free initial consultation.

 

 

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Contact Info

 

Deborah Nelson:  07956 591 000

 

Jo Stead-Burgess:  07415 857 186

 

 

  

 

 

 

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Disclaimer
 
Family Court Friend is NOT a legal advice service.  It is a support and guidance service.  

 

Although  Deborah Nelson is a qualified Solicitor she does  not hold a practising Certificate to be able to advise you as to the merits of your case.  We are providing a service to you as a McKenzie Friends/Legal Assistants and therefore will not be responsible for any adverse decisions made in your case resulting from documents we have helped you prepare and guidance given to you prior to or during court proceedings.  We will not be responsible for any decisions made by you, the court or the other party's solicitor. or applications, 

 

If you require advice about the merits of your case or application or what to say in your statements you should consult a Practising Solicitor who is regulated by the Solicitor's Regulation Authority or a Direct Access Barrister.