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

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is
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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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