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Professionals and partisans: Lessons for family lawyers from a study of fee-charging McKenzie Friends

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Professionals and partisans : Lessons for family lawyers from a study of fee-charging McKenzie Friends. / Smith, Leanne; Hitchings, Emma.

In: Child and Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 4, 2019, p. 343-364.

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Smith, L & Hitchings, E 2019, 'Professionals and partisans: Lessons for family lawyers from a study of fee-charging McKenzie Friends', Child and Family Law Quarterly, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 343-364.

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Smith, Leanne ; Hitchings, Emma. / Professionals and partisans : Lessons for family lawyers from a study of fee-charging McKenzie Friends. In: Child and Family Law Quarterly. 2019 ; Vol. 31, No. 4. pp. 343-364.

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