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PRACTICE: Do it yourself: any further guidance since Tinkler v Elliot?

02 August 2013  

Thomas Crockett reviews developments in the treatment of litigants in person

In recent years the courts have seen a rise in the number of people litigating without professional representation. According to the government’s own figures, 623,000 of the 1,000,000 people who previously received public funding each year ceased to be eligible for such assistance when the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force on 1 April 2013. Given that the limit for small claims track cases is to rise from £5,000 to £10,000, it is likely that in the majority of civil cases, the presence of litigants in person (LIPs) will become the rule rather than the exception. Indeed in April 2012, District Judge Richard Chapman, the immediate past president of the Association of Her Majesty’s District Judges observed (

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    Re G (Children) [2012] EWCA Civ 1434

    Re G-B (Children) [2013] EWCA Civ 164

    Tan & anor v Law & Anor (Unreported 24 June 2013).

    Tinkler & anor v Elliott [2012] EWCA Civ 1289