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The litigants in person who are playing a game

Nicholas Heaton and Giles Hutt advise on whether to assist unrepresented opponents and when to detect foul play

7 July 2015

The question of how
to accommodate the ever-growing number of litigants in person (LiPs) within a court system designed for legal professionals has taken
on a greater urgency in recent times.

Earlier this year, a parliamentary report was produced on ‘Litigants in person: the rise of the self-represented litigant in civil and family cases’, citing statistics issued by the Office for National Statistics on the increase of LiPs, especially in the Family Court, and exploring the reasons for that. Whatever the reasons, support is certainly needed
for everyone concerned.

To that end, the Law Society, Bar Council, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) have just published guidelines for lawyers which attempt to draw together all
the relevant rules and general principles in the various codes of conduct, the Civil Procedures Rules (CP...

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