Who is a McKenzie Friend:
A Mckenzie Friend (MF) is a
A McKenzie Friend is somebody who can sit with the LiP during a court hearing, not as a representative but to offer advice and assistance. A MF can accompany the LiP in
The term MF comes from a defended divorce case, McKenzie v McKenzie (1970), where the husband was representing himself and wanted the help of a non-legally qualified person aat court. The judge has refused to permit Mr McKenzie to be accompanied by a friend who wished to sit beside him in court. It was held by Court of Appeal that the judge should not have refused.
What MF can do:
Can give quiet advice on a point of law
Advice on issues that the LiP would like to raise in court
Suggest questions to ask the other side or witnesses
Quietly take notes.
What MF cannot do:
Is to address the court or examine a witness unless the judge decides that justice can more expediently be carried out by speaking directly to the MF.
Is to attend a closed court unless the court has given permission
Is to sign court documents or act as your agent or manage cases outside
The Purpose of our MF:
We work with Access Barristers who are highly skilled in their practice areas. We may be able to instruct Licensed Access Barristers and self employed Solicitors to accompany you to court if you have a hearing listed. However, if for one reason or another, you cannot afford the fees, we will be able to arrange for one of our experienced and skilled McKenzie Friends to accompany you to the court for support. Depending on the amount of work required and the experience of the MF, a fee is payable ranging from £50 to £75 per hour.
Our McKenzie Friends are either Licensed Paralegals, legally trained to a certain level, have legal
If you are a Litigant in Person (LiP) and you feel the need for some moral support or assistance in conducting your case, then turn to us today by clicking on the Contact Us link.
If you require further information about PMF, please do not hesitate to contact us
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