While I work to a code of ethics, these are less restrictive than the constraints imposed on solicitors by the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority.
I do not have rights of audience and therefore cannot, in normal circumstances, address the Judge on your behalf or cross examine your opponent. However, many Judges have been willing to allow me to speak on a client’s behalf now that I am more qualified.
As with other branches of law, family law can be difficult to understand and often seem unfair to clients. It is however worthwhile to ascertain at an early stage your prospects of success so that you can make an informed decision about whether to try and settle your dispute, or initiate/continue with court proceedings. Also an important point to remember is that the role of your McKenzie Friend (or advocate) is to help you present (and/or submit) your case to the judge from a legal perspective, or to advise you how a judge will perceive the merits of your case.