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A Practical Guide to Working with Litigants in Person and McKenzie Friends in Family Cases


ISBN13: 9781912687671
Published: March 2020
Publisher: Law Brief Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £19.99



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The increase in the number of parties who act as LIP in family proceedings can be a challenging experience for advocates and the courts. Whilst assistance is often on hand for the LIP there is less practical help for the practitioner. This book seeks to address this shortfall and gives practical advice in a number of areas of family litigation. It also considers the role of the McKenzie Friend and how they can assist the LIP during a court hearing. Subjects covered include:

  • Reasons for LIP in family proceedings;
  • The courts approach to the LIP;
  • How the LIP impacts on divorce, children, injunctions and financial proceedings;
  • Conducting a hearing with a LIP;
  • Responsibilities to the LIP;
  • Rules of Engagement;
  • Managing clients expectations;
  • McKenzie Friends;
  • Costs issues;
  • Case Law : Tinkle v Elliott (2012); Jones Longley & Others (2015); Hobson v West London Law (2013); Re B Litigants in Person;Timely Service of Documents (2017);Barton v Wright Hassle (2018); LFA v LSL (2017)

Subjects:
Family Law
Contents:
Introduction
Chapter 1 – Litigant in Person (LiP)
Chapter 2 – Why Is This Seen as a Difficult Subject?
Chapter 3 – Why Do We Have Litigants in Person?
Chapter 4 – First Point of Contact With a Litigant in Person
Chapter 5 – Implications of Working With a Litigant in Person
Chapter 6 – Who Are Litigants in Person?
Chapter 7 – Understanding the Difficulties
Chapter 8 – Costs and Litigants in Person
Chapter 9 – Rules of Engagement
Chapter 10 – Mckenzie Friends
Chapter 11 –
Particular Help for a Litigant in Person
Chapter 12 – Case Law
Chapter 13 – Whilst at Court
Chapter 14 – Working With a Litigant in Person in Specific Areas of Family Law
Chapter 15 – Dealing With Lay Advisers
Chapter 16 – Where Do We Go From Here?
Chapter 17 – Useful Information
Appendix – Practice Guidance: McKenzie Friends (Civil and Family Courts)