Here are two articles that appeared in The Law Gazzette and the BBC News.
I think it is safe to say that there is a lot of debate as to what to do with fee-charging MFs. We appear to be threatening the legal profession (!).
To quote Clive Coleman, legal correspondent for the BBC, “… when I put a request on the BBC website for people to write in with their experience of McKenzie friends, those moved to respond were mainly positive. Family lawyers had led me to believe that while some McKenzies were competent, many were more often agenda-driven, aggressive and dangerous by reason of lack of knowledge.However, when pressed, few were able to give hard details”.