“ 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
“ John, i cannot thank you enough for the work you have done for me and your enthusiasm
and beliefs for the work you do is probably the only thing that made me carry on
We are founder members of the Society of Professional McKenzie Friends Ltd. The Society
is a self-regulating Trade Association.
On this link you can see the standards of conduct to which we are held to account
by the Society.
Ray Barry MSc BD
I worked for Jobcentreplus for thirty years, specialising in helping disabled people
return to work and hold an MSc qualification in this field. I have run a consultancy
for the last five years helping employers to retain disabled employees, and enabling
personal injury claimants to return to work. I have a Theology degree, and once trained
as a priest. I enjoy running and keeping fit (a healthy body makes for a healthy
mind!). I have three children who mean everything in the world to me, but I have
encountered great difficulty keeping in touch with them since my wife left me ten
Experience as a Litigant in Person
I have nine years LIP experience, including approximately forty appearances in court,
mainly in respect of Children Act proceedings. I have dealt with all related documentation,
preparing and filing court applications, statements, affidavits, skeleton arguments,
draft orders and taking notes of judgment. I have won three appeals: two at County
Court level, and one in the Court of Appeal (Counsel was instructed for the final
hearing). I have also won a Judicial Review. I have successfully defended myself
twice against charges in Magistrates courts, and later made successful claims for
damages against the Police for wrongful arrest.
Experience as a McKenzie Friend
I have given informal advice to mothers and fathers on numerous occasions. In doing
so, my aim is to help and encourage them to agree arrangements for their children
without involving the courts. On approximately twenty occasions, I have given detailed
advice concerning litigation, assisting with the preparation of a case and filing
applications and statements. In about ten of these cases I attended court with the
litigant and I was granted right of audience on two occasions.
Other information about me
I have campaigned for reform to Family Law, organised publicity stunts for Fathers
4 Justice, and taken part in numerous radio and television debates, at regional and
national levels. I am currently leader of a small political party, the Equal Parenting
I have never committed any criminal offence and I hold an Advanced Criminal Records
Bureau certificate, for voluntary work I do with children and vulnerable adults.