Senior judges have been considering making changes to the way paid-for McKenzie friends operate. Among proposals in a consultation last year was the introduction of a code of practice. The Law Society, which represents solicitors, has called for a ban on McKenzie friends being able to recover costs in court cases, to underline the fact that they are different to solicitors or barristers. Richard Miller, from the Law Society, said: "One of our concerns about the rise in paid-for McKenzie friends is that a lot of these people are effectively acting as lawyers and advertising themselves as lawyers. "But they do not have legal training and legal qualifications, and they do not have the duties to the court that a qualified lawyer does."
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