An example of risks of using paid McKenzie friends instead of solicitors who have specialist knowledge in their field of expertise. Make sure who get specialist advice in any matter,
Two parents fighting legal battles for custody of their children paid thousands of pounds to a company providing "McKenzie friends" - people with no legal training who assist in court. But they were badly let down. Rupinder Randhawa had been feeling "very low" after her solicitor told her it was hopeless to pursue a court battle for custody of her children. The mother-of-four had wanted to fight the adoption of her youngest two children, instigated by social services. Then, she came across David Bright, who ran The Parent's Voice London, a service that provided McKenzie friends. Bright told Ms Randhawa he had "never lost a case" and charged her £480 a month, plus additional one-off charges, to work on her case as a McKenzie friend.