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‘DIY lawyers aren’t the problem. The problem is the courts.’

‘DIY lawyers aren’t the problem. The problem is the courts.’

Expect a significant increase in unrepresented people before the courts without access to a lawyer, the country’s most senior judges have warned the government. In response to the Transforming legal…

Listen carefully & try to understand

The judiciary has just published its guide for self-represented litigants. This is, of course, a good thing to be welcomed, even if the necessity of such a guide is not…

The perils of DIY law: the high price of justice

The perils of DIY law: the high price of justice

I’m going to start this piece by making three straightforward propositions, writes Daniel Hoadley. The first is that the law of England & Wales is difficult to get your head…

Aga saga: Maddened by the law

Aga saga: Maddened by the law

I once made a television programme about the phenomenon of the ‘Vexatious Litigant’, writes David Jessel. It was meant to be a sympathetic portrait, which made it all the more…

Huge surge in unrepresented litigants

Huge surge in unrepresented litigants

There has been a 61% rise in the number of reported High Court and tax tribunal cases involving unrepresented litigants in the last five years. According to the legal publisher…