“ Thank you so very much, you provided me with a great start in my fight for my littlens.
I cannot thank you enough! They are so much happier now they have almost equal shared
care from both me and their mother.”
"Mr Barry was granted right of audience, and represented the appellant extremely
well. He was articulate and well-prepared. I am grateful for him keeping the strong
feelings out of the case."
Andrew, a client
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What is a McKenzie Friend?
Anyone involved in a family law case in a United Kingdom court is entitled to represent
themselves in court (they do not need to employ a solicitor or barrister) and if
they choose to do this they are termed a Litigant in Person (LIP).
A LIP may be accompanied by someone to help them and this person is called a McKenzie
Friend, named after the case which established the principles in 1970. This is not
an automatic right, but a judge would only refuse to allow a LIP to have the help
of a McKenzie Friend for a very good reason.
More and more people are conducting their own Family Law cases in court, without
a solicitor or barrister. This is because lawyers’ fees can be very high, and Legal
Aid to pay these fees is becoming harder to obtain.
Representing yourself in court is not as daunting as it may sound, especially if
you have the help of a McKenzie Friend to help in preparing the case beforehand and
to sit along-side you in court. We will supply a McKenzie Friend when needed.
How can a McKenzie Friend help?
What a McKenzie Friend May Do:
• Provide moral support for the LIP
• Take notes
• Help with case papers
• Quietly give advice on:
points of law or procedure;
issues that the litigant may wish to raise in court;
questions the litigant may wish to ask witnesses.
What a McKenzie Friend May Not Do
• A McKenzie Friend has no right to act on behalf of a LIP. He may not act as the
LIP’s agent in relation to the proceedings nor manage the case outside court, for
example, by signing court documents.
• A McKenzie Friend is not entitled to address the court, nor examine any witnesses.
However, in exceptional circumstances, a judge may grant a McKenzie Friend what is
termed “rights of audience” in a particular case. The McKenzie Friend would then
be allowed to address the court and conduct the litigant’s case for him.