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There are Corrupt Barristers too!

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28 Sep 08 #51967 by D L
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If you really want to demonstrate your value, instead of denigrating a well respected profession, try pitching in and actually assisting on the forum with some pro bono legal advice - goes a long way on here.

Amanda

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28 Sep 08 #51971 by mckenzie.friend
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Amanda,

This is not a personal attack on you or your profession, it's about access to Justice for all, which I'm sorry doesn’t happen if you have some or a little the money. Rich or poor are OK. But most still fall between.

Very commendable that you do so much pro-bono work, as I understand there is no direct access to Barristers in Family Law are you a Solicitor?

I’m sorry you have found experiences with McKenzie Friends so negative, as to deny their worth.

Maybe an off forum chat would change your mind about one!

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28 Sep 08 #51973 by dukey
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As some will know we did have a member some months ago useing collab law
who decided to use a MF, his reason so he could have "his day in court" i for
one could not understand why pay a lay person who could not speak on his behalf
and was chargeing the same rate as a barrister, though i am sure most dont.

The outcome he did have his day, and in his words his stbxs barrister "tore him a new one"
he lost out in all respects, a very expensive lesson just so he could speak out at the final hearing
the lesson in my view get the best barrister you can,

PS a solicitor engages counsel on the clients behalf MF did you really not know that?

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28 Sep 08 #51974 by D L
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I am a barrister - as my profile clearly states.

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28 Sep 08 #51985 by mckenzie.friend
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As a non-legal person with little experience in these things.

Could you please explain clearly why your client whom I thought was the instructing solicitors practice not the parent can instruct you directly without a solicitor being in toe some where?

Maybe the Direct Access Scheme to Barrister now includes Family Law?

Could you also provide the reference to the CPR or and FPR that allows this type of work.

I will be able to update a number of Barristers who recommend my services when the parent loses their legal aid and can’t afford a solicitor, or be helped in time by the Pro-Bono unit.

Tim

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28 Sep 08 #52004 by dukey
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Maybe the Direct Access Scheme to Barrister now includes Family Law?

Hi sorry it does not apply in family law

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28 Sep 08 #52029 by D L
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If you bothered to read my profile you would read that I am in house.......this means that the public can access me directly. You really do need to read this site before you post as all you are doing is demonstrating a clear inability to ascertain key facts before giving an opinion.....not something many representatives would do.

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