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Where proceedings are held in open court, it is clear from the principles set out in Court of Appeal decisions that a litigant who is not legally represented has the right to have reasonable assistance from a layperson, sometimes called a McKenzie Friend. This guidance details the circumstances under which a McKenzie Friend may be appointed, what a McKenzie Friend may do and what rights of audience they have.
Formerly entitled the Ancillary Relief Handbook this is the first resort for thousands of...