Family law hearings are heard in private and so you cannot just take friend in without the Permission of the Court. Often the other party will to your friend or relative going into the hearing and so you may wish to ask us to attend as your McKenzie friend. An unrepresented person within proceedings has the right to have a person in the Court room with them even if they are not represented by a solicitor or barrister. This is called a McKenzie Friend. At family Law Friend we are able to attend Court with you as a McKenzie Friend in accordance with the guidance set out by the law we can:
- Provide moral support
- Take notes ( we will provide you with a full detailed attendance note following the hearing)
- Help you with your preparation
- Help you make notes prior to the hearing of points you wish to raise with the court
- Help you formulate points you wish to raise
- Help You formulate questions for the judge
In some circumstances, we can apply to the Court to speak on your behalf but this option will be discussed with you if it becomes necessary during the hearing. Unlike most other non solicitor led services such as such as services purporting to be ‘professional McKenzie Friends’ who have little or no legal qualifications and/or experience, our family law assistants are all non practicing solicitors with legal qualifications and a minimum of 3 years practical experience working in solicitors firms and as advocates at Court Our pricing structure is highly competitive. Our costs are a fraction of a solicitor’s hourly rates which are typically charged per hour. We will not be beaten on price and so we are prepared to beat any quotation given to you by any other non solicitor led family law service.
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We operate nationwide and our assistants are available to attend court with you or prepare documents at short notice.
Please feel free to contact us using the form below.
Family Law Friend is the trading name of Family Law Friend Ltd. This is a help and support service only. This is NOT a legal advice service.
Although we are qualified solicitors we do not hold practicing certificates to enable us to advise you as to the merits of your case. Our family law assistants are acting in the capacity of case preparation assistants as opposed to legal advisers and therefore we will not be responsible for any adverse decisions in your case resulting from documents that we have helped you prepare or guidance given to you prior to or during proceedings.
If you require advice as to the merits of your application or on what to say in statements and or applications, you should consult a practicing solicitor, one that is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
Family Law Friend is a trading name of family law friend limited which is not regulated by the solicitors regulation authority (SRA)