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Only fools and clients

The government wouldn't like us to start pulling our own teeth, so why encourage more litigants in person, asks Marilyn Stowe

8 August 2011

There is a well-known saying: “A lawyer who represents himself in court has a fool for a client.” We lawyers know the truth in that maxim. Like everyone else, lawyers get caught up inthe legal system. A few of them, if they get divorced, decide to handle it themselves – even if family law is not their speciality. Many of them discover, to their cost, that they were wrong.

Yes, you may be a brilliant and accomplished lawyer. Yes, you may know all the tricks of the trade. But lacking the skills and counsel of those who practise in the field, and caught up in the emotional roller coaster of divorce, how can you be sure that what you doing is correct? Once you are tangled up in our adversarial family law system, the detached, objective and hard-won skills of the opposing lawyer are trained fully and squarely upon you. What you really need is calm, commercial advice. You need to be defended and protected.

To be fair, most lawyers realise this. And to some extent a lawye...

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