We are the Society of Professional McKenzie Friends.
Our members offer a low cost alternative to instructing a solicitor.
Instead of instructing a solicitor or barrister, some people choose to represent
themselves at court, in which case they are entitled to the reasonable assistance
of a friend (known as a McKenzie Friend).
“ Any person, whether he be a professional man or not, may attend (court) as a friend
of either party, may take notes, may quietly make suggestions, and give advice."
(Lord Chief Justice Tenterden ,1831)
Solicitors and Barristers must adhere to standards of conduct and there are regulatory
bodies to ensure that they do. but there is no equivalent regulator controlling
the activities of McKenzie Friends. Anyone can call themselves a McKenzie Friend.
For that reason, we formed this self-regulating McKenzie Friends Directory, to protect
consumers . We ensure our members are competent, insured, and comply with court rules
and good practice.