About Us  
We provide access to independent McKenzie Friends across the UK.

We will advise you on what you need to know, not what you want to hear.

We will help reduce and manage conflict and acrimony.

We aim to bring transparency and openness to the Family Court Justice System.

We follow the principles as set out by our national campaign #lightnothate
  Our McKenzie Friends?  
Under our referral terms:
The listed McKenzie Friends are entirely independent and operate under their own terms and conditions.
Members are not employed or affiliated to us. They are listed as 'trusted' McKenzie Friends for
client referrals. They are entirely responsible for ther own service.
A small number of McKenzie Friends may have a law background. However, the vast majority
are not legally trained or qualified.
Our member McKenzie Friends, do not provide 'legal advice' and do not operate as
'legal advisors'.
Our member McKenzie Friends operate as 'lay people' and provide support as an 'informed friend'.
We invite you to read the profiles of all our McKenzie Friends before accepting their service.
Our McKenzie Friends agree to comply with the guidance of the Family Law Division July 2010.
  Are we similar to lawyers?  
Absolutely not! We do not in anyway compare ourselves to lawyers.
Our member McKenzie Friends are not legal entities and do not provide a legal service.
Our members provide a service based on the position and understanding that tens of thousands of people,
every year, go through the court system without any legal representation without being at any disadvantage
If a person was disadvantaged by not having a paid lawyer then we would have a two tiered, broken
and unfair system favouring those who can afford lawyers. This is simply not the case.
The entire system is founded on the principle of access to justice where any person
can self litigate without a lawyer, and without any knowledge of law, without being disadvantaged with
respect to the outcome.
It is based on this understanding that our affiliates support people through the court system, as laypeople,
as a non-legal service, saving people tens of thousands of pounds on legal fees.
  Our Guiding Principles  
One of the most empowering aspects of being a McKenzie Friend is to have an independent insight into the Family Law system and to scrutinise the practices within in. My conclusion is that all is not well.

Any expectation that a person going through the traumatic life event of separation should routinely pay upwards of 15,000 for legal representation to gain access to children, to resolve child arrangements or seek financial resolution, often with the most straight forward of applications is simply wrong and unjustified.

At a fraction of the cost, a McKenzie Friend can support you through a system based on practical and straight forward procedures and to help you build a case that reduces conflict and focuses on the defined determining factors and principles that are based on common sense checklists rather than complex legal precedents.

The closed and self serving system that has for decades perpetuated a myth that 'Family Law Needs Lawyers' is now being exposed as more and more Litigants in Person empower themselves to take their own cases forward. The genie is finally out of the bottle and it isn't going back in anytime soon.

Whilst many professionals may have eagerly financially prospered off the back of their client's drawn out emotional conflicts, for any Litigant in Person, the way forward is to be the first to effectively manage and reduce conflict and to seek a reasonable resolution from the outset.

From my extensive practice and experience, I would without hesitation recommend that seeking a free consultation with an experienced McKenzie Friend Lay Person, who mentors in conflict management, should be your very first step to take.'

      Philip Kedge : Director
Philip Kedge is a retired police Chief Inspector and the founder and director of the McKenzie Friend UK Network. His aim is to take family court matters out of the hands of lawyers with an ethical business to reduce conflict and acrimony, to provide access to cost effective McKenzie Friend national services and to reduce the emotional harm to children.
Phil is the founder of the National
Campaign #lightnothate
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