‘A Practical Guide to Working with Litigants in Person and McKenzie Friends in Family Cases’ by Stuart Barlow

Paperback: 978-1-912687-67-1
Publication due: March 2020
Price: TBA


The increase in the number of parties who act as LIP in family proceedings can be a challenging experience for advocates and the courts. Whilst assistance is often on hand for the LIP there is less practical help for the practitioner. This book seeks to address this shortfall and gives practical advice in a number of areas of family litigation. It also considers the role of the McKenzie Friend and how they can assist the LIP during a court hearing. Subjects covered include:

  • Reasons for LIP in family proceedings;
  • The courts approach to the LIP;
  • How the LIP impacts on divorce, children, injunctions and financial proceedings;
  • Conducting a hearing with a LIP;
  • Responsibilities to the LIP;
  • Rules of Engagement;
  • Managing clients expectations;
  • McKenzie Friends;
  • Costs issues;
  • Case Law : Tinkle v Elliott (2012); Jones Longley & Others (2015); Hobson v West London Law (2013); Re B Litigants in Person;Timely Service of Documents (2017);Barton v Wright Hassle (2018); LFA v LSL (2017)


Stuart Barlow is a practicing Solicitor with over 40 years of experience in court litigation. He conducts most of his own advocacy and has dealt with many cases involving Litigants in Person. He now specialises in children law.

Stuart has written and presented courses on the subject of Litigants in Person for the Law Society, Solicitor’s Journal, NHS Wales and MBL.