Litigants in Person, Costs Budgeting and McKenzie Friends: A Practical View from the Bar – Littleton Chambers

Posted November 9th, 2016 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘In his monthly column, James Bickford Smith discusses two important decisions concerning respectively the applicability of costs budgeting rules to litigants in person and the court’s approach to attempts to control a litigant’s choice of McKenzie friends.’

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Littleton Chambers, 7th November 2016

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Jailed McKenzie friend facing £12,000 claim – Law Society Gazette

Posted October 24th, 2016 in litigants in person, McKenzie friends, news by michael

‘A jailed McKenzie friend could be released from prison for the day to represent himself in a claim lodged by an aggrieved former client.’

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Law Society Gazette, 24th October 2016

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Activities of McKenzie Friends in family courts to go under the microscope – The Bar Council

Posted June 16th, 2016 in family courts, McKenzie friends, press releases by tracey

‘The activities of unregulated, untrained and uninsured McKenzie Friends in the family courts is to come under the microscope with the commissioning of field research by the Bar Council into how they handle court work.’

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The Bar Council, 10th June 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Legal Services Board hits out at Law Society for “misrepresenting” its views on McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has accused the Law Society of misrepresenting its views on McKenzie Friends.’

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Legal Futures, 14th June 2016

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

Posted June 10th, 2016 in barristers, budgets, fees, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘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.’

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Legal Futures, 10th June 2016

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Immigration advisers using McKenzie Friend status “to dodge regulation” – Legal Futures

‘People are avoiding regulation as immigration advisers by “purportedly acting as McKenzie Friends”, the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 8th June 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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LSB responds to the Judicial Executive Board’s McKenzie Friends consultation – Legal Services Board

‘The Legal Services Board (LSB) has submitted its response to the Judicial Executive Board (JEB) consultation on the approach courts should take to McKenzie Friends.’

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Legal Services Board, 26th May 2016

Source: www.legalservicesboard.org.uk

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BSB echoes Bar Council concerns on equality and access to justice – The Bar Council

‘The Chairman of the Bar Council, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC has signalled agreement with the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) concern for equality and diversity in the profession. As the independent regulator reported in its recently published Risk Outlook yesterday, the Bar Council also welcomed the focus on access to justice and on ensuring that consumers’ needs are properly met following the prolonged period of cuts to our system of justice.’

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The Bar Council, 18th May 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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McKenzie Friends: Bar Chairman says consumer protection has to be paramount – The Bar Council

Posted April 29th, 2016 in barristers, consumer protection, McKenzie friends, press releases by tracey

‘The protection of consumers “has to be paramount” when it comes to unregulated, uninsured and untrained McKenzie Friends charging fees to people in court, the Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimee Doerries QC, told BBC listeners.’

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The Bar Council, 28th April 2016

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Reforms will leave clients vulnerable to rogue McKenzie friends – APIL – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 22nd, 2016 in litigants in person, McKenzie friends, news, remuneration by tracey

‘The judiciary should act now to prepare for thousands of extra litigants in person who may be vulnerable to exploitation by paid McKenzie friends.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st April 2016

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Judges’ reforms threaten the role of lay legal advisers – The Guardian

Posted April 14th, 2016 in fees, legal representation, litigants in person, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘Following legal aid cuts, plans to bar McKenzie Friends from charging fees will put help beyond financial reach for many.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Mental Capacity Law Newsletter – 39 Essex Chambers

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39 Essex Chambers, March 2016

Source: www.39essex.com

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Judiciary proposes fee ban and new name for McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

‘England and Wales should follow the example of Scotland in banning McKenzie Friends from charging fees, the Judicial Executive Board (JEB) has proposed.’

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Legal Futures, 25th February 2016

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Judiciary consults on the approach courts should take to McKenzie Friends – Court & Tribunals Judiciary

Posted February 26th, 2016 in consultations, litigants in person, McKenzie friends by tracey

‘The Judicial Executive Board (JEB) has issued a consultation paper proposing reforms to the existing guidance for “McKenzie Friends”, non-lawyers who offer assistance and in some cases seek to appear as advocates on behalf of litigants-in-person (LiPs).’

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Court & Tribunals Judiciary, 25th February 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Companies can be represented by McKenzie Friends, High Court decides – Litigation Futures

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in company law, legal representation, McKenzie friends, news, rights of audience by sally

‘Companies can be represented in court by McKenzie Friends under rights of audience granted in exceptional circumstances, the High Court has decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th October 2015

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Man who posed as legal adviser jailed after trading standards prosecution – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 26th, 2015 in benefits, fraud, guilty pleas, McKenzie friends, news, sentencing by sally

‘A Biggleswade man who made more than £5,000 after advertising his services as a professional McKenzie friend has been jailed for three years after being found guilty of multiple trading standards and housing benefits offences.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st August 2015

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Solicitor ducks regulatory burden by becoming McKenzie Friend – Legal Futures

Posted August 6th, 2015 in bankruptcy, legal representation, McKenzie friends, news, solicitors by sally

A solicitor who became a professional McKenzie Friend after 20 years in practise, has hit out at the burden imposed on high street practitioners, which he said cost him almost £2m and pushed him into personal bankruptcy.
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Legal Futures, 6th August 2015

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McKenzie friends rebuff from bar – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 20th, 2015 in barristers, legal services, McKenzie friends, news, rights of audience by tracey

‘Paid McKenzie friends should not be allowed to speak in court, the Bar Council has said, responding to “serious concerns” about the negative impact they can have on the administration of justice.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th July 2015

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Courtroom abuse sparks new McKenzie friend fears – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in barristers, consultations, judiciary, legal services, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘An imminent consultation by the judiciary on the proliferation of paid McKenzie friends in court is ringing alarm bells among lawyers, after a former nightclub bouncer was banned from providing such a service for grossly offensive behaviour.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st June 2015

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McKenzie friends could drive ‘bulldozer’ through Legal Services Act – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in criminal justice, fees, legal services, McKenzie friends, news, reports by sally

‘Giving McKenzie friends permission to speak in court would drive a bulldozer through the Legal Services Act, which was intended to regulate reserved activities, criminal barristers have said.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st April 2015

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