David Mdzinarishvili
REUTERS | David Mdzinarishvili

Over the last 15 years there has been a growth in the number of individuals acting in civil proceedings as litigants in person (LiP). There are a range of factors underlying this, including the rising cost of accessing legal services, the increase in the small claims limit and the dramatic reduction in legal aid effected by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012. Continue reading

Baz Ratner
REUTERS | Baz Ratner

As a junior litigator in the 1990s, it was drummed into me that if you were challenging the jurisdiction of the English court, you should be very, very careful not to do anything in the proceedings other than bring that challenge. If you didn’t heed this advice, the court would likely find that your client had submitted to the jurisdiction of the English court, leaving you with a very unhappy client, pointless delay and wasted costs. Continue reading