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No payment for McKenzie Friends?

Postby dls » Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:23 pm

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Re: No payment for McKenzie Friends?

Postby atticus » Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:48 pm

I have mixed thoughts.

1. legal fees are expensive, and with various governments' assaults on legal aid there are people who cannot afford advice or representation.

2. This has created a class of "professional" McKenzie Friend. They are unregulated. Some are good. Some are charlatans. I have encountered struck-off solicitors practising as MFs. Clearly some of these give legal advice, draft documents etc - pretty much undertaking regulated activities but leaving the LIP to front the case. Some of the GOODF "gurus" certainly do this.

3. If you are going to be charging to prepare/assist/represent/whatever in Court you should have some training, regulation, insurance.
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Re: No payment for McKenzie Friends?

Postby dls » Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:15 pm

I find it difficult to understand how you (in general - not you) can, sensibly, at the same time say both that legal services require professional standards for the protection of the public and yet also so design matters that you generate a system relying upon unqualified, unregulated and uninsured practitioners.
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Re: No payment for McKenzie Friends?

Postby Hairyloon » Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:43 pm

dls wrote:I find it difficult to understand how you (in general - not you) can, sensibly, at the same time say both that legal services require professional standards for the protection of the public and yet also so design matters that you generate a system relying upon unqualified, unregulated and uninsured practitioners.

It is easy enough, provided that you consider yourself in a class apart and don't give a damn about the others.
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