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McKenzie Friend

Are you representing yourself in court?  There are lots of reasons why you might:

Perhaps you're going through a divorce or applying for residency (custody) of a child.  Or maybe you are a grandparent wanting to see your grandchild.

If so, we can help!

How a McKenzie Friend Can Help You

Going to court can be a daunting experience for anybody, but particularly when you have no solicitor to guide you.  Learning about the applications, court orders, procedures, professionals and paperwork can be overwhelming.  Your case is too important to leave to chance.

A 'McKenzie Friend' is someone who knows about the court system who can guide you through the process and offer you support along the way.
Instructing a McKenzie friend can really help you early in the process, not only to present your case in the best possible light but also to help you understand any potential 'pitfalls' that may lay ahead.

We can:

  • Review your information and give you guidance on your application before you make it
  • Help you prepare court papers and your personal statement
  • Help you to 'navigate' the court procedures
  • Offer you advice and support in meetings such as taking notes
  • Preparing you for presenting your case and giving evidence in the court
  • Address the court on your behalf (if the court agrees)

We specialise in:

  • Contact arrangements following parental separation
  • Residence applications for parents, grandparents and other relatives
  • Specific issues e.g. disputes over schools or fears of a parent absconding with the child

Our McKenzie Friends

There are a number of people who can be a McKenzie Friend.  It is essential that you choose the correct person for you.  This is not only someone with a good knowledge of the legal system but also someone who has specific knowledge of your particular case.

We have a huge amount of experience in working within the court system as social workers and children's guardians.  Our workers have dealt with all forms of application and have in depth knowledge of specific areas such as fabricated illness, drug abuse, honour crimes, disabilities and child protection.

We will ensure you have the support you need in your application.

All our McKenzie friends are HSPC registered social workers who have a background in child protection and court work.

Our aim is to help you get the best outcome for you, and for the child.

How Much Will It Cost?

Our standard hourly rate is £45 per hour with a travelling rate of £25 per hour and a mileage rate of 0.45 pence per mile.  Please contact us for a more detailed quotation.

We are far more cost effective than a solicitor.

What We Cannot Do

A McKenzie friend is not a solicitor and cannot act as one. We cannot speak for you in court without prior permission. We are not allowed to cross examine witnesses.

Want to Know More?

If you still have questions about the children's court, please see our eBook 'The Essential Guide to the Children's Court System' on our Publications page.