Newcastle Law School

McKenzieFriend

McKenzie Friend

What is a McKenzie Friend?

The term ‘McKenzie Friend’ has been adopted in family law to describe an individual who provides assistance to a litigant in person (somebody not represented by either a solicitor or barrister). This support is needed for those litigants that neither qualify for public funding nor have the financial means to pay for qualified representation.

The McKenzie Friend role is undoubtedly focussed towards law students, trainee or qualified lawyers, though a legal background is not necessarily requisite for anyone else interested in this role. All we ask of you is that you treat the role as a professional engagement. This means taking on a professional standard of punctuality, maturity and commitment.

For more information on NCDV McKenzie Friend Project please contact Jenny JohnstoneHelene Tyrrell or Jasmine Winter