Solicitors’ LLP not a litigant in person when acting for itself in proceedings, Court of Appeal says – Litigation Futures

‘A law firm LLP which acted for itself in legal proceedings is not a litigant in person for the purposes of the CPR, the Court of Appeal has held.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th June 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Poor behaviour on the part of McKenzie Friends ‘a minority concern’ – Legal Voice

‘Most litigants in person were happy with their experience of paid McKenzie Friends, according to research published this week. The study commissioned by the Bar Council found that unrepresented litigants reported ‘relatively low’ costs for such services.’

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Legal Voice, 13th June 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

New research shows paid McKenzie Friends operating mostly outside the courtroom – The Bar Council

‘ New research undertaken by the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol shows that the bulk of work undertaken by paid McKenzie Friends is delivered outside court, with very few seeking actively to represent their litigant in person clients in the court room.’

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The Bar council, 12th June 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Unregistered barrister allowed to serve claim for LiP – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted May 24th, 2017 in barristers, documents, judges, litigants in person, news, service, third parties by sally

‘A litigant in person has been allowed to serve their claim through an unregistered barrister, despite protestations it was unlawful.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd May 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Gym goer who complained music was not motivating wins damages after an instructor humiliated him over microphone for complaint – Daily Telegraph

‘A fitness enthusiast who complained his gym’s music was not motivating enough has won damages after an instructor humiliated him over a microphone for complaining.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Litigant in person network goes live to co-ordinate support for access to justice – Litigation Futures

Posted March 17th, 2017 in internet, litigants in person, news by tracey

‘The Litigant in Person Network – an online platform which aims to connect a wide range of people with a common goal of improving access to justice – has gone live this week.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th March 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

LiPs: a perfect storm in the divorce courts? – New Law Journal

Posted March 10th, 2017 in case management, divorce, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Iqbal v Iqbal provides a salutary example of the consequences that can occur in the absence of legal representation, as Shlomit Glaser & Tim Jones report.’

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New Law Journal, 9th March 2017

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Prolific LiP’s case partly struck out to give her a helping hand – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 8th, 2017 in judges, legal representation, litigants in person, news, striking out by tracey

‘A High Court judge has thrown out elements of a case brought by a litigant in person, telling her the ruling would help to remedy a lack of legal representation.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th March 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Neuberger: “Barristers increasingly shunning judicial careers” – Litigation Futures

‘If a career on the bench is not made more attractive financially, the rule of law could be undermined, and with it lucrative industries vital to post-Brexit economic prosperity, the departing president of the Supreme Court has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th February 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Introducing the litigant in person network – Legal Voice

Posted February 21st, 2017 in civil justice, internet, legal representation, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The Litigant in Person Network is an online platform which aims to connect a wide range of people with a common goal of improving access to justice. Coordinated by the Litigant in Person Support Strategy, and supported by The Legal Education Foundation, the network is a place for interested professionals to share, discussion and collaborate across sectors on issues relating to both actual and potential Litigants in Person (LiPs).’

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Legal Voice, 20th February 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

PI reforms could make justice system “unworkable”, district judges tell government – Legal Futures

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in consultations, judiciary, litigants in person, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The judges on the front line of low-value personal injury (PI) litigation have added a powerful voice of opposition to the government’s proposed reforms, saying the civil justice system could become “unworkable” as a result.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd February 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Truss orders review to ban abusers tormenting victims in family courts – The Guardian

‘The Justice Secretary has set up an emergency review to find the quickest way to ban perpetrators of domestic abuse from directly cross-examining their victims within the family court system.’

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The Guardian, 4th January 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judge calls for LiP powers after court ‘bombarded’ with emails – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 12th, 2016 in case management, judges, litigants in person, news by sally

‘An appeal judge has called for extra powers to curb the activities of litigants in person who inundate courts with communications.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th December 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Oversupply of law graduates and growing number of LiPs are solution to each other’s problem, says MR – Legal Futures

‘The combination of an oversupply of law graduates shut out of the profession due to fewer training contracts or pupillages and the growing number of litigants in person (LiPs) offers an opportunity to enhance access to justice while helping students into practice, the Master of the Rolls has said.’

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Legal Futures, 7th December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Lecture by Sir Terence Etherton, MR: LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards lecture 2016 – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘It is a real pleasure to have been asked to give this year’s LawWorks Annual Pro Bono Awards lecture. My subject is Access to Justice. I am not interested in it as a slogan. I am interested in it because access to justice lies at the heart of any society that aspires to call itself just, civilised, and committed to democracy and the rule of law.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 7th December 2016

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

I fought the law: meet the super-litigants – The Guardian

Posted December 5th, 2016 in litigants in person, news by sally

‘Some people who represent themselves in court spend months, even years, battling for justice. So why do they go on? Here are four who refused to give up.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court of Protection Update (Autumn 2016): Part 2 – Family Law Week

Posted November 3rd, 2016 in costs, Court of Protection, litigants in person, news, reporting restrictions by tracey

‘Sally Bradley and Julia Townend, barristers of 4 Paper Buildings, conclude their review of Court of Protection developments by considering recent judgments concerning reporting restriction orders; costs and civil restraint; and participation in proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 2nd November 2016

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Jailed McKenzie friend facing £12,000 claim – Law Society Gazette

Posted October 24th, 2016 in litigants in person, McKenzie friends, news by michael

‘A jailed McKenzie friend could be released from prison for the day to represent himself in a claim lodged by an aggrieved former client.’

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Law Society Gazette, 24th October 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Judge issues warning on late service and litigants in person – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 14th, 2016 in case management, delay, litigants in person, news, practice directions, service by sally

‘A judge has warned against unfairness to litigants in person caused by late service of documents.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th October 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

High Court warning to lawyers over fair treatment of litigants in person – Litigation Futures

Posted October 10th, 2016 in case management, delay, litigants in person, news, practice directions, service by sally

‘The High Court has issued a warning to lawyers over dumping legal documents on litigants in person (LiPs) at the door of the court.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th October 2016

Source: www.litigationfutures.com