Fool for a Client

The Mills/McCartney case has brought the issue of litigants in person into the news – that case continues as the papers say. This is an interesting article on the subject, which goes beyond the current circus at the RCJ. Unsurprisingly the issue of Legal Aid entitlement comes into the story:

“Legal aid covered most of the population when it was introduced around 1950, but successive lord chancellors have failed over the past 20 years to bring the income limits in line with inflation. In 2008, hardly anyone with a full-time job qualifies”.

Whilst one could be cynical, wrongly in my view, about barristers claiming that they get better results than LiPs, it seems plain that the knock on costs to the wider legal system are not being measured.

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