International sports lawyers, who are queueing up to offer legal advice toAustralian
player Simon Colosimo, whose knee had to be reconstructed afterbeing tackled by Man U
striker Andy Cole during a match against theAustralian national team in Melbourne last
week.Litigants in person. There are so many amateur "lawyers" keen to
representthemselves in court that the legal process is grinding to a halt, thecorridors
of justice are becoming jam-packed and judges are growing tetchy.DIY "lawyers" are
taking over the justice system and are responsible for atleast a third of Court of
Appeal cases compared to one in 10 five yearsago. However, delays occur due to
misunderstandings and judges are callingon the Government to appoint legal advisers who
will translate the legallingo for people representing themselves.London University law
student Pamela Coughlan, who took two years out tofight a precedent-setting action.
Coughlan secured an out-of-the-ordinaryterm of work experience by bringing a case
against North and East DevonHealth Authority for threatening to break its promise to
provide "a homefor life" for her and two other disabled residents of an NHS home.
Althoughthe authority would have funded alternative care, Coughlan would have beenousted
from her home. Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls, held that theauthority had acted
unlawfully.Lottery lawyers. Even Mystic Meg could not have predicted the spate
oflottery-related cases currently doing the rounds. Disgruntled syndicateholders
claiming to have lost out on their fair share are employing an armyof lawyers to fight
for their rights. West Yorkshire teacher Michelle Neale- fighting claims that arrears
in payments to the school syndicate lost hera share of a u3.9m jackpot – is the latest
in a long line of people playingthe legal lottery.