Category Archives: UK Family Courts

@UKHomeOffice @MoJGovUK first #McKenzieFriends Victory; next challenges ahead

15 09 10 Belinda HeaderDear All

MCKENZIE FRIENDS VICTORY!

As some may already have heard, we/Association of McKenzie Friends won our case against the Home Office/Treasury Solicitor, having been let off the £2000 charge for so-called ‘wasted costs’ in respect of our persistent litigation on behalf of Melissa Laird in 2014. The question was left hanging in the air though, as to whether we might have been using our ‘client’ or protégé as a vehicle for our own campaigning? For which reason, probably, we were not permitted to claim the costs of the excellent Public Law & Costs barrister, Simon Butler whom we had engaged to fight our corner for us.

But as I told Simon, I had all along been fully prepared to pay his fee in the cause of defending our ‘brand’ and the continued right of lay legal advisers or ‘paralegals’ such as McKenzie Friends not to be arbitrarily or summarily (as it previously appeared to us) penalised for defending our ‘clients’/‘protégés’ interests to the best of our ability and within in the parameters of our traditional remit.

Thanks to our very competent barrister and a benign judge, the outcome of these proceedings represents a civilised and somehow reassuringly ‘British’ compromise, the concerns of all sides having been fully advertised as well as satisfactorily met: Continue reading

From Highgate with Love and Exhaustion #McKenzieFriends #McKenzie Angels


Dear Friends/All

It’s now well over 2 weeks since our part-‘cyber-event’ at Theatro Technis in Camden and I’m still struggling to get the videos of the evening event up on line – many apologies for keeping you waiting and please bear with me.

Continue reading

WHY DON’T the #FamilyCourts obey the law? And why is #Secrecy used to #Cover-Up #Crimes?

No Punishment without Crime or Bereavement without Death!

Human Rights Defence Human Rights Defence (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Too many cases are standing the fundamental principles of British justice on their head, writes Christopher Booker in his weekly column in The Telegraph.

He is the only journalist who has been reporting consistently about the secrecy of family courts as an international concern for UK law for years:

On Tuesday, a 12-day ‘fact finding hearing’ is supposed to start in the High Court on behalf…

View original post 55 more words