In brief: Scott promotes corporate litigators

Sir Richard Scott, the Head of Civil Justice and Vice Chancellor of the Supreme Court, has called for an end to the rule that all companies must have a lawyer to represent them in court. Scott told a conference, the Justice Forum, which was organised by court and civil service unions, that the costs of civil litigation had escalated so that more and more people were appearing as litigants in person rather than hiring lawyers. “A company has to take every step through a solicitor and can't instruct one of its own officers,” he said. “This may be all right for the Prudentials or the Lloyds Banks with huge legal departments but not for John Smith Greengrocers Ltd.”