McKenzie Friend
McKenzie Friend


As a McKenzie Friend, my role is to quietly advise you as the Proceedings happen. I charge £90 per hour and as below is why you should use me instead of a Solicitor.  


So why should you not choose a Solicitor to represent you?

  1. A solicitor will speak for / represent you and manage the case for court which may involve another 10 fee hours prior to court, at a cost of £3000.
  2. In Court, a solicitor for a day in Court may charge you £3000.  
  3. The costs will mount up and it is not unknown for fees to total £30000!

So why me?


My cost to you for arriving at the Court Building at 9am and leaving at 5pm will be in the region of £720 plus travel and parking.


No Brainer.


So, as I am a McKenzie Friend I cannot speak for you but I can:

  1. book you in with the Usher at Court so you have no need to see the other party prior to the Hearing
  2. ask the usher for a separate waiting room if needed, 
  3. help negotiate in any negotiations prior to the Hearing starting,
  4. assist with what you say to Cafcass prior to the Hearing,
  5. speak to you prior to and in court so you know what to say,
  6. help you ask Questions,
  7. assist in writing your opening and closing submissions
  8. provide moral suppprt,
  9. stop you saying or suggesting anything that will upset the judge or ruin your case,
  10. nudge you so you know when to speak or when to raise your hand to speak to the Judge to put your view,
  11. and on occasions the Judge may ask my (as I am well respected among the South West Circuit for Judges) opinion on Reports, Interim Arrangements and any breaks.


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