McKenzie Friend Training Courses

Train to become a McKenzie Friend

Be prepared. Be ready. Be confident.

Simon Walland has been running McKenzie Friend Training Courses in London and Manchester since 2013 to support people in their journey to become a McKenzie Friend. They have included tailor made courses for charities, the government and universities.

The course comprises three separate sections dealing with children cases, financial cases and finishes off with final hearings. It is not necessary to do all three if you are only interested in dealing with, for example, children cases. Many cases you do will likely continue through to a final hearing and so that course is likely to be useful to you.

The courses are delivered online so can be taken whenever and wherever you may be in your own time.

During the course, Simon will explain how to get started as a McKenzie Friend and he will also provide support to you as you start to manage your own clients.

Take our short questionnaire below and find out if you have all the qualities and experience necessary to make you a suitable candidate for the McKenzie Friend Course
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Who should attend?

This course is suitable for three types of delegate.

  • Anybody intending to become a McKenzie Friend.
  • Anybody intending to represent themselves in Family Law Cases.
  • Law students looking to increase their knowledge and experience in Family Law

What is a McKenzie Friend?

A McKenzie Friend is somebody who accompanies you to court to help if you are unrepresented by a Solicitor or engage a barrister. Your McKenzie Friend can sit with you in the court and offer advice and support as well as taking notes to help you. The training will help you to understand how the different applications are dealt with by the court so that you can help your client with the correct information.

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Why attend the course?

Be prepared. Be ready. Be confident.
You will learn what is expected of you in court and you will be able to approach each hearing with confidence. You will understand the process and each necessary step, and you will be prepared and on top of your case.

If you are a Law student with a desire to work in family law, this course will boost your chances of obtaining not only a Training Contract or Pupillage but earn money in the process. It will give you the opportunity to attend interviews with real-life clients and courtroom experience, and proven skills in negotiation, court preparation, and commitment.

As a McKenzie Friend, it will give you experience of dealing with clients, preparing a case for court and attending court. It will be an invaluable experience and you get paid for doing it!

Following this course, once you have a little experience, it is reasonable to be able to attend court and earn £250-£300 or more per day. So if you’re semi-retired or looking for a second income or even looking to help people in a very interesting role, this is the perfect opportunity to work flexible hours and as much or as little as you like, and earn a little extra money.

How much does it cost?

The three courses are run in approximately 8 hour modules which are £180 each. There are 3 main modules, Children’s Cases, Financial Cases and Final Hearings. To complete all modules the total cost will be £540 per person – but this can be paid module by module.
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When are the courses

Courses will be run throughout the year check the following link for the latest timetable Book Now

Further courses

There are a wide range of additional Family Law Courses available. generally lasting four hours each and costing £80. The cover everything from Enforcing Orders, Obtaining a Divorce to dealing with High Conflict Situations and writing Position Statement. Follow this link below for further details and dates Book Now

Course Content

  • Children’s Cases

  • Taking the right approach
  • Applications available
  • Application forms
  • Court preparation
  • Position Statements
  • Your first hearing
  • Managing expectations
  • Subsequent hearings
  • CAFCASS
  • Judges
  • Likely approaches by the court
  • Domestic abuse
  • Welfare Checklist
  • Strategies
  • Experts
  • Injunctions
  • Enforcement
  • Court Orders
  • Witness Statements
  • Court scenarios
  • Financial Cases

  • How to become a McKenzie friend and find clients
  • Taking the right approach
  • Applications available
  • Application forms
  • Court preparation
  • Financial disclosure
  • Note for first hearing
  • Your first hearing
  • Managing expectations
  • Second hearing
  • Making an Offer and what is reasonable
  • Judges
  • Likely approaches by the court
  • Strategies
  • Experts
  • Enforcement
  • Court Orders
  • Witness Statements
  • Court scenarios
  • Final Hearing

  • Preparing for your final hearing (Fact Finding, contested hearing)
  • Witness Statements
  • Bundle
  • Examination in Chief
  • Cross examination
  • Re-examination
  • How to prepare your cross examination
  • Questions and how to formulate them
  • Submissions
  • Evidence
  • Judgment
  • Appeal
  • Skeleton Argument
  • Grounds of Appeal
  • Scott Schedules
  • Fact Finding Hearings
  • Court scenario

And much more
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