Fee-Charging McKenzie Friends in Private Family Law Cases: Key Findings from the Research Report

Leanne Smith, Emma Hitchings, Mark Sefton

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Abstract

Sets out the key findings from a recent qualitative mixed methods study into the practices of fee-charging McKenzie Friends in private family law cases. Stage one of the research comprised in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 20 fee-charging McKenzie Friends and 20 LiP clients of McKenzie Friends. Stage two of the research involved observation of private family law hearings involving fee-charging McKenzie Friends and linked interviews with as many of those involved in the hearing as possible. It has been reported that the number of fee-charging McKenzie Friends is growing in the wake of the withdrawal of legal aid for a range of legal disputes through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. It appears that a majority of fee-charging McKenzie Friends work in the area of private family law disputes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-977
Number of pages7
JournalFamily Law
Volume47
Issue number9
Early online date4 Sep 2017
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017

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