Paid McKenzie Friends in family law cases vary from ‘business opportunists’ through ‘good Samaritans’ to ‘family justice crusaders’ and ‘rogues’.
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Research, commissioned by the Bar Council and carried out by the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol
, found evidence of McKenzie Friends ‘whose active efforts to exercise rights of audience presented difficulties’, although others referred clients on to specialists where appropriate. It concluded that ‘there is enough that is concerning in relation to fee-charging McKenzie Friends to merit efforts to tackle the worst of the sector’.