What should I be aware of when selecting a McKenzie Friend or lawyer
Crucially, know who your McKenzie Friend or lawyer is. You are dealing with your children and personal finances, it is too important to take chances with.
Google their name and ensure there are no skeletons in the cupboard, treat with caution any excuses for negative reports, particularly press reports.
If they do not specialise solely in family law but also list other areas of law then they will simply be a jack of all trades and master of none. Family law is a complex area of law in many respects and nobody is able to provide a thorough service for their clients in family matters if they are regularly involved in other areas of law.
Do not be taken in by websites that say 'We' but do not list and provide details of their McKenzie Friends or lawyers with a summary of their relevant background, experience and qualifications. A lack of openness and transparency could be a warning sign.
Be careful of McKenzie Friends or lawyers who have a large ego, they will be putting themselves first before your case.
Similarly be very careful of those with an axe to grind as their negative attitude could very well affect your case adversely.
We would suggest some caution in choosing a McKenzie Friend whose experience is simply the product of a short course e.g. day course - As it takes time and experience of court outside of your own case to build up sufficient knowledge and ability to assist parent's effectively.
Transparency about fixed fees and hourly rates on websites is also an indication that you are not going to be hit with additional bills.