With regret

There is no way to sugarcoat this. This is my last post on this web site. I am shutting down this enterprise.

I have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and want to spend the remaining time in peace and quiet.

To the people in and around Portsmouth who have made the last seven years of my life a never-ending hell, I can only wish each of you a death as painful as mine.

To everyone else, thanks for your love and support over the years. I am grateful.

I will no longer respond to e-mail. I won’t spend any more minute at a computer than I absolutely have to. I am sure you will understand.

Court fees going up dramatically for claims over £10,000

Dramatic increase expected if you’re claiming damages for more than £10,000.

what is that going to cost me?You can read more in:

  • The Guardian: Peers to vote on 600% rise in court fees

    “Litigants in person are also appearing in increasing numbers. The days when it can be expected that both parties will be represented by lawyers are over. These fees will make it that bit harder for people to navigate the system.”

    Divorce cases are exempt from the increases.


The Law Society is not happy about it and intends to seek a judicial review.

These are the current fees: EX50 (pdf).

Starter tips for litigants in person

Would you love to have our tips for litigants in person as a handy PDF file? Complete the form below and press the “submit” button. We’ll send our starter tips right to your mailbox. (Current version: 5 March 2015.)

It is not a comprehensive review, but it does what it says on the tin and contains links to a lot of useful documentation.

Views on litigants in person

D. Rosen at London-based Darlington Solicitors just published a post titled Perceptions and Expectations of Litigants in Person (‘LIPS’): A commercial Litigator’s perspective on the firm’s blog.

frustrated person making a phone call

Stressed litigant in person making a phone call

“During my career I have met many wonderful and varied LIPS.”, he or she writes.

“I am frustrated at seeing too many good people waste their lives pursuing their perception of truth and justice, because a Court has not agreed with them.”

I agree. That is not the mindset with which you should go to court as a litigant in person.

You go to court because you are convinced that a civil wrong was committed against you that something should be done about. You go to court because you think you have a good case, can argue it and feel that you owe it to yourself to give it a go.

But you have to know when to pursue a matter and when to let go. A good way to decide can be to ask yourself whether other people – society – might benefit from you pursuing the matter.

Go read this post – here – because this solicitor makes very good points.

Revenge evictions coming to an end?

This morning, I had an e-mail from Citizens Advice of which the first line said that the House of Lords voted to put a stop to retaliatory evictions yesterday.

homeI was very busy with something else yesterday and this morning’s media had nothing on the topic so I did a web search. On Letting Agent Today, I found that indeed, apparently, the House of Lords essentially wants to make it impossible for landlords to evict a tenant for no reason within six months after a tenant’s improvement or hazard awareness notice.

It concerns amendments to the Deregulation Bill.

On the civil legal aid reforms

Last year, the National Audit Office published a report titled ‘Implementing Reforms to Civil Legal Aid’, a report by the Comptroller and Auditor of the General Ministry of Justice and Legal Aid Agency.

Last week, the Bar Council responded to it. Chairman of the Bar Alistair MacDonald QC said:

Overall, the report reflects the Bar Council’s concerns that the scale of the cuts made to legal aid, and the way they were introduced, abandoned the most vulnerable, created disorder in our courts, and damaged our legal advice services.’

You can read the rest of the response: here.