‘Culture change’ needed to embrace fee-charging McKenzie friends – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Fee-charging McKenzie friends increase access to justice and make up a “legitimate feature of the modern legal market”, according to a report published today by watchdog the Legal Services Consumer Panel. The president of the Law Society described the panel’s findings as “worrying”.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th April 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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Finance and Divorce Update – Family Law Week

Posted February 4th, 2014 in divorce, family courts, fees, financial provision, McKenzie friends, news by sally

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in January.’

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Family Law Update, 2nd February 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Probe into growth of ‘professional’ McKenzie Friends – Legal Futures

‘The Legal Services Consumer Panel has begun an investigation into the emergence of ‘professional’ McKenzie Friends who charge litigants in person for their services, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 7th January 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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The Judicial Working Group on Litigants in Person – Judiciary of England and Wales

“The Judicial Working Group on Litigants in Person – Report, July 2013.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 5th July 2013

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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Can you decide who is to be your unpaid advocate? Eleanor Battie – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 24th, 2013 in appeals, litigants in person, McKenzie friends, news by tracey

“RE F (CHILDREN) 14 May 2013, Court of Appeal – A topical case, this, given legal aid cutbacks. It concerns the ability of unrepresented litigants to choose those to help them out as advocates in court. Not an unconstrained right, as this case demonstrates. The High Court ruled that a judge had been entitled to refuse an application for a particular person to act as a McKenzie friend despite that individual not being present in court at the time of the application. The Court of Appeal upheld that decision.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th May 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Practice guidance – Mckenzie Friends: Civil and Family Courts – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted July 13th, 2010 in family courts, McKenzie friends, news by sally

“This Guidance applies to civil and family proceedings in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division), the High Court of Justice, the County Courts and the Family Proceedings Court in the Magistrates’ Courts.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 12th July 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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President of the Family Division Guidance: McKenzie Friends October 2008 – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted October 17th, 2008 in family courts, McKenzie friends, practice directions by sally

“President of the Family Division Guidance: McKenzie Friends October 2008.”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 16th October 2008

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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President’s Guidance: McKenzie Friends – Judiciary of England and Wales

Posted April 15th, 2008 in family courts, McKenzie friends, practice directions by sally

President’s Guidance: McKenzie Friends (PDF)

President of the Family Division, 14th April 2008

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

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