CHALLENGES for McKenzie Friends – as Legal Aid is cut and white collar crimes rise


Help4LiPs are invited to discuss Litigants in Person and the challenges for McKenzie Friends with those who could make a difference. Hence we put these recommendations together:

  1. The need for acting as McKenzie Friend arose for many individuals out of very different circumstances, but generally:
    1. Being or having been victim of white collar crimes[1] themselves;
    2. Acting on behalf of victims who suffered from solicitors and / or barristers, on top of whatever damage or crime they had suffered.
    • Corruption in the legal profession and the courts is a real problem.
  2. In our observation, assisting Litigants in Person became necessary for the following reasons:
    1. Ministers and MPs didn’t do anything about fraudulent bankruptcies and home repossessions;
    2. It was impossible to find family lawyers who were acting in the interest of parents whose children were taken into care or forcibly adopted by Social Services;
    3. Prison conditions of Litigants in Person in general and parents of child snatching[2] in particular were so appalling that more help became necessary.
    • Family courts, their secrecy[3] and their supposed legitimacy are an international scandal, as Christopher Booker writes regularly in The Telegraph and as formulated in Early Day Motion 345[4] by John Hemming MP.
    • “There is no accountability”, says John Hemming MP.
  3. As Voluntary Public Interest Advocates, we don’t charge for what we do.
    • I often recommend victims to contact Alex Moore on who charges £50 / hour. He has a lot of experience and has helped pro bono with advice over the phone.

In our view it is advisable to have McKenzie Friends associated with every law practice – hoping that this will improve the ethics behind their practices that seem to just want to benefit from the ‘public gravy train’.


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About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

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9 Responses to CHALLENGES for McKenzie Friends – as Legal Aid is cut and white collar crimes rise

  1. pippakin says:

    Reblogged this on Political Pip Spit or Swallow its up to You and commented:
    Ministers and MPs didn’t do anything about fraudulent bankruptcies and home repossessions;

  2. cliff246 says:

    Sabine… You say “we don’t charge for what we do” and then suggest people contact X at 50 quid an hour. That’s big business isn’t it? Clifford Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2014 09:59:00 +0000 To:

    • We only do as little and as much as we do and cannot possibly claim to be able to do what Alex Moore can.

      He has 4 children to support.

      If £50 / hour sounds like big business to you, I can’t help it.

      But I know he can help more PROFESSIONALLY than any of us, ok?

      There is ‘help’ on MANY different levels needed!

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