The Royal Court of Justice’s Personal Support Unit (PSU) today (11 February) said that Heather Mills should have sought its assistance in relation to her divorce from former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney.
Mills is representing herself in the divorce case, which got under way at the Royal Court of Justice today. The model has no legal back-up in the divorce case, which is expected to last five days.
Judith March, PSU director, said that her unit could have offered Mills support through the settlement proceedings.
“Heather would be an unusual client for us,” confessed March. “But we support people who decide to litigate in person who don’t have lawyers as they’ve run out of money or didn’t have enough money in the first place – whatever the reason may be.”
March said it would probably have been better for Mills to have legal representation, although she added that there are many examples where, for whatever reason, clients feel let down by their legal teams and turn to the PSU for assistance.
While the unit does not offer legal advice it does explain the court process and tries to ease what can be a frightening and confusing time.
“Those representing themselves can find it difficult to separate their feelings from legal points and we can help focus their minds more clearly,” said March.
On what Mills should do, March said: “First, she should get a lawyer but secondly, if she can’t, she should come to us.”
The PSU is made up of volunteers including people who have retired from the legal world and students – mainly those doing their Bar Vocational Course.
The unit is currently looking for recruits for a new service in the Manchester Civil Justice Centre and for an expansion at its Wandsworth County Court unit.