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Does a McKenzie Friend have many real friends in the legal profession?

Date:21 OCT 2016
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With government statistics confirming that in 34% of private law disputes neither party has the benefit of legal representation from either a barrister or a solicitor it is perhaps of no surprise that more litigants are relying on a McKenzie Friend. 

The term McKenzie Friend derives from the case of McKenzie v McKenzie [1970] 3 WLR 472. It was a defended divorce case in which the husband sought to be assisted by his friend a young Australian barrister who whilst not qualified within the UK was proposing to offer the husband support and some prompting on appropriate questions to ask the wife on a pro bono basis. The judge was less than impressed. The husband subsequently appealed. The Court of Appeal upheld the appeal confirming that every party had the right to have a friend present in court to provide a form of support. 

As such a McKenzie friend is somebody who accompanies a litigant in person to a court hearing for the purpose of assisting him in such matters as taking notes providing moral support helping to organise the documents and on occasions whispering advice to the litigant....

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