Welcome to Your McKenzie Friend
We are McKenzie Friends, and we help people, just like you, in court and out of court, in a variety of family and other legal matters every day.
- can't get legal aid?
- can't afford a lawyer?
- want to save money?
We may be able to help you.
- save you money; you will not find a more cost effective similar service to ours anywhere.
- help you to achieve at least the same results as a lawyer*;
- sit with you in court and offer quiet advice**;
- take notes and help with case documents and papers in court;
- offer advice out of court;
- help to prepare your case for court;
- do most of the things a lawyer can do.
- speak for you in court, unless a judge grants us a 'right of audience'. This is sometimes granted to McKenzie Friends, but can never be guaranteed.
- sign court applications, letters, documents, or start legal proceedings on your behalf, unless a judge grants us a 'right to conduct litigation'. This is rarely granted to McKenzie Friends.
- members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and we work in lawyer firms when not working as McKenzie Friends;
- experienced in the legal process, through many years of assisting litigants and in attending court hearings;
- always keeping our legal expertise, knowledge, and training up to date;
- more cost effective than lawyers.
* A McKenzie Friend is not a complete substitute for qualified legal advice and/or legal representation in court. For some people, or in some legal matters, it may not be a suitable alternative at
all. We are happy to advise litigants on the suitability of our services in relation to their individual circumstances. If our service is not suitable for you then we can, with your agreement, put
you in touch with our own team of lawyers, or recommend other suitable legal firms.
** A litigant is entitled to have 'reasonable assistance' in court. It is generally accepted that a McKenzie Friend may sit in a court hearing with a litigant, but this is not an absolute right,
and a judge, or a party to the proceedings, may object in some instances.