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Paid McKenzie Friends should not be excluded from court, Bar Council report finds

The case for excluding paid McKenzie Friends from the courts “has not yet been made out”, research for the Bar Council has concluded. The research found that most of the work carried out by paid McKenzie Friends was delivered outside court, and advocacy was merely “the tip of the iceberg”.

June 13th, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Paid McKenzie Friends “play on uncertainty and victimhood” of separating fathers

‘Professional’ paid McKenzie Friends associated with fathers’ rights groups play on their “uncertainty and sense of victimhood” to attract business, academic research has found, saying that there needed to be a code of conduct and a greater role for law school clinics in their place.

April 20th, 2017 | No Comments »

Bar Council: use direct access barristers instead of paid McKenzie Friends

Litigants with limited funds should use direct access barristers to represent them in court rather than pay for McKenzie Friends, the Bar Council has argued. The Bar Council, along with the Law Society and Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, supported the judiciary’s call for a ban on professional McKenzie Friends.

June 10th, 2016 | No Comments »

LSB and SRA oppose ban on professional McKenzie Friends

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has joined the Solicitors Regulation Authority in opposing a ban on professional McKenzie Friends. The LSB said the judiciary had not explained why a ban was necessary, what harm it would address or what the consequences might be for consumers.

May 26th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

Judiciary proposes fee ban and new name for McKenzie Friends

England and Wales should follow the example of Scotland in banning McKenzie Friends from charging fees, the Judicial Executive Board has proposed. The board also said that McKenzie Friends should be renamed “court supporters”.

February 25th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

Jail for ‘professional’ McKenzie Friend who defrauded clients of thousands of pounds

A ‘professional’ McKenzie Friend who targeted people unable to claim legal aid and then defrauded them of thousands of pounds has been jailed for three years. He offered cheap legal services to people involved in cases involving their children or grandchildren.

August 24th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

MPs tell government to consult on formal regulation of McKenzie Friends

MPs have called on the government to consult on whether there should be formal regulation of McKenzie Friends, whether or not they charge fees. They said encouraging the use of McKenzie Friends “may in some circumstances amount to a counsel of despair”.

March 13th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

County court backs law student McKenzie Friend scheme

Huddersfield County Court has backed a scheme in which local law students act as unpaid McKenzie Friends to help litigants in person. Duty solicitors at the court will approve suitable cases when the scheme launches later this month.

March 5th, 2015 | No Comments »

New Bar leader: young barristers should take place of paid McKenzie Friends

Junior barristers should get themselves accredited for public access work and act in cases where people are currently relying on paid McKenzie Friends, the new Bar Council chairman has said as he promised to promote direct access to the public.

December 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

LSB supports fee-charging McKenzie Friends – with safeguards

The Legal Services Board said yesterday that it supports recognition of fee-charging McKenzie Friends as a “legitimate feature of the evolving legal services market”, but also called for safeguards.

September 4th, 2014 | 1 Comment »