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Facebook - A Lawyer's Nightmare

There is no doubting that Facebook is the most widely used outlet of social media. However, from a solicitor’s perspective, the mere mention of it sends a shudder down the spine. Once a post is uploaded, there is no going back. Once seen, it cannot be unseen. The consequences of an ill-advised...

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What is a McKenzie friend? Do I need one to go to court?

Over the last few months, there has been much discussion about McKenzie friends in court. So what is a McKenzie friend? The name comes from the case of McKenzie v McKenzie in 1970 and involved a divorcing couple. One of them wanted to use a barrister who was not qualified to practice in the UK....

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Why McKenzie friends could be a good idea

A bad McKenzie friend is a bad idea (Definition of bad - someone who is helping because they have previously gone through this themselves and, therefore, think they know about the practice of law.) BUT.... not all McKenzie friends are bad. Some are actually qualified solicitors who, for various...

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What will it cost me to go to court?

At the end of March 2016, the courts updated their fees for making a claim in the civil courts. There is a range of types of fee but the first court fees that are due when a claim is made are called ‘issue fees.’ Some types of claim, as they move forward, will also result in hearing and other...

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