Can I act as a McKenzie Friend?
If you are self-employed, you are able to act as a McKenzie
Friend. This means you can take notes, offer advice and prompt
responses to answers. It does not mean you can address the Court
A McKenzie Friend does not have a right to conduct litigation or
exercise a right of audience. The court may grant those rights in
individual cases, but it is unlikely to do so.
As a McKenzie friend you can charge your client for your
assistance. However, any costs claimed from the opposing party, if
the claim is successful, are limited by the Civil Procedure Rules,
to litigant in person costs.
If a court authorises a McKenzie friend to conduct litigation or
exercise a right of audience, costs are not recoverable from the
opposing party. You must make this clear to your clients.
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