McKenzie Friend
McKenzie Friend

What is a McKenzie Friend?


The role of the ‘McKenzie Friend’ was created following the 1970 case McKenzie v. McKenzie.


A ‘McKenzie Friend’ does not need to be legally qualified; I myself, however, have a Law Degree and, in addition, am part qualified as a Barrister.


What sets me apart from a non professional McKenzie Friend is that because of my legal qualifications I can charge for my services and in court I am by courtesy of the CPR allowed to quietly advise my client in court, advise what questions to ask and the judge can give me ‘Rights of Audience’, ask me what my view is, ask me to negotiate between the parties and even Ask me to write the Order to be submitted before the Judge. A friend or relative or anyone else who is only a McKenzie Friend and not a professional one, cannot do any of the above.


I am recognised by the Judges throughout the South West and have been commended by all. I am now, because of my reputation, being asked my opinion, being asked to arrange Drugs Tests, write Orders, Negotiate between parties and  whether the case should be adjourned etc. 




How can a McKenzie Friend help?


What a Professional McKenzie Friend May Do:


  • Advise on any matter to do with Family Law, Matrimonial Law and Small Claims.
  • Assist in the preparation of all Divorce and Family forms.
  • Assist in the preparation of all Small Claim Forms
  • Write a Pre Action Letter
  • Assist in writing Position Statements and Witness Statements
  • Participate in negotiations
  • Assist in preparing the court bundle
  • Discuss and go through case notes and prepare for the court appearance.
  • Attend court
  • Provide moral support for the LIP
  • Take notes in court
  • Quietly advise on Points of Law or Procedure and Issues that the litigant may wish to raise in court
  • Prepare Questions the litigant may wish to ask witnesses
  • Prepare opening and closing statements



Who Is Ian Oldfield -

Your McKenzie Friend?


AS of September 2020, i now have 4 years full time experience as a Paid McKenzie Friend / Legal Advisor. I am now recognised by Court Judges and my reputation is growing.


I grew up in Surrey before moving to Bristol where I read Law at Bristol University gaining a Law LLB Honours degree in 1995.


I progressed to pass my 'Bar' introductory exams to undertake the 1 year Bar Vocational Course at the 'Inns of Court School of Law', London, successfully passing the first stage  and I was  "Called" to the 'Bar' in 1996. 


Since then, I have assisted clients in obtaining and defending divorce and child custody proceedings, helping to complete forms and attending court dates for morale and legal assistance.


Following recent Legal Aid changes the chance of now securing Legal Aid to fund a divorce is highly unlikely; as such I am offering my knowledge, training and experience as a 'McKenzie Friend'. My fees are substantially less than instructing a solicitor.


So in effect I am not a solicitor. If I was then my fees would be around £300 an hour.  I, have in summary a law degree form one of the best universities in the UK (Bristol) and have passed my Bar Vocational course.  

I am a member of the Society of Professional Mckenzie Friends. 


I am authorised via 

Mckenzie-Friends Practice Guidance July 2010


Mckenzie-Friends Practice Guidance July 2010
Mckenzie-Friends Practice Guidance July 2010
Court form - judge direction MF.pdf
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