As New Zealand's leading McKenzie Friend organisation, we provide a wide range of training with mentoring and supervision programs to help you in your own case and to help others professionally across many areas of legal issues including (but not limited to), family court, disputes, tenancy and other tribunals like ACC, tax, civil, employment and many more. We don't give legal advice. We empower you to help yourself and others successfully.
What Is A McKenzie Friend?
Due to the cost of instructing a solicitor or barrister, many people now decide to represent themselves at courts and tribunals. In addition, more people are now representing themselves at important meetings with banks, Inland Revenue, councils and other corporates. While there are many perils and challenges in doing this well, New Zealand law now allows the assistance of a support person (known as a McKenzie Friend) during these proceedings.
Can I Represent Myself with the Support of a McKenzie Friend?
McKenzie Friend is recommended when you are self-representing in Courts and Tribunals and attending other corporate meetings, however the McKenzie Friend will not give you legal advice. Attending our Fundamentals training will give you a great deal of confidence in preparing and presenting your case as a self-litigant, but will not fully replace the support of a McKenzie Friend during Courts and Tribunals appearances, the reason why we also recommend you to have a McKenzie Friend with you throughout your case.
Representing yourself professionally during your legal proceedings (either beforehand or during) or in important meetings with corporate and other parties should not be as challenging as it is perceived, particularly if you have the support of a McKenzie Friend to help you to professionally prepare your case before and during your time in court or meetings.
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McKenzie Friend Professionals Media Updates
3 March 2018 - First Accreditation Ceremony - Click here
30 September 2017 - Greater access to Justice featured on The Post - Click here
22 September 2017 - McKenzie Friend Professionals Training Programme featured on Stuff.co.nz - Click here
McKenzie Friend does not give legal advice.
The McKenzie Friend acts as a support person, also known as, a Lay Assistant in Courts, Tribunals and other meetings, as appropriate. A McKenzie Friend is entitled to charge a fee.
Please refer to NZ Law Commission Report 2016 for more information on McKenzie Friends.
The Founder: Vinay Deobhakta
Bringing a wealth of legal and commercial experience (20 years as a lawyer and a lifetime of experience as an entrepreneur and businessman), Vinay is the pioneer of the McKenzie Friend concept within New Zealand.
With a core of very happy McKenzie Friend clients throughout New Zealand and Australia, he was able to create training programs that provide appropriate clarity to self-litigants to run through their own cases and to other McKenzie Friend Professionals.
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Can I Become A McKenzie Friend Professional?
If you are a person who is passionate about helping others who are facing legal and financial difficulties get the justice they deserve, a career as a professional McKenzie Friend could be right for you!
McKenzie Friend Professionals Limited offer a full programme for those who wish to enter this exciting industry. With professional support and accreditation, we provide a full pathway to a new fulfilling life-long career. Click here to find out more.
Workshop Training Updates
Next workshop dates: 14rd and 15th April 2018
Auckland. To learn more, please book a initial consultation call below or send us an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
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