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Why did Jonathan Sumption QC (as he then was) represent himself in 2007, when he was moneyed enough to instruct other barristers? [closed]

"Whether the defendant is a trained lawyer or not, most attorneys have long accepted the conventional wisdom that representing oneself in court, known as pro se representation, is a bad idea.&...
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How often do Davids fail to retain effective legal representation against Goliaths, in Private Law, even if David can pay?

I ask just about private (civil) law here, NOT criminal. David is the underdog layman, who needs a competent civil litigator against a powerhouse Goliath. Postulate that David can pay lawyers' fees ...
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What happens if I file a civil lawsuit without a lawyer in Germany?

I want to file a lawsuit with the Berlin District Court. in Germany, paragraph 78 of the procedural code applies, according to which all plaintiffs are required to hire a lawyer. I am a capable person ...
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Is it legal (or allowed by bar rules) for a lawyer/law firm to use public records (such as arrest records) to find and reach out to potential clients? This question comes from a question on another ...
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Can the right to self-represent be waived due to conflict of interest?

If a plaintiff and defendant have a personal connection, and one (or both) of them represents themselves, won't that pose a conflict of interest between the councillor(s) and the opposing side(s)?
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Could attorney 2.0 be a new way to get legal representation?

I'm thinking about getting a patent and was wondering about an alternative to spending $400 per hour on one attorney. What if someone spent $200 and got 2 attorneys/law firms that work together ...
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How to explain your case to an attorney such that you are represented satisfactorily?

This is the original question of which was later broken up into two parts. See the other question here. Typically, I find that when speaking with an attorney, the attorney's #1 priority is protecting ...
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Do unionized employees give up the right to represent themselves in cases of contract violations?

I do understand that a union contract may specify that a unionized employee must go through a union representative in cases of contractual disputes. But I am wondering if there is anything in the law ...
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How to write a retroactive letter of representation?

An attorney began representation of Mr. X some months ago, as assigned counsel, without a letter of representation. Such a letter is needed now in order to make a court-ordered restitution payment to ...
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Do you have to be a lawyer to represent someone else in court?

Recently, I've had to secure durable power of attorney (POA) for a friend of mine with a neurodegenerative disease to help him with a bunch of different matters. We've been working our way through the ...
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Who signs partnership agreements?

Consider a hypothetical partnership agreement between 2 companies in 2 different countries (Australia & Saudi Arabia). On the last page of the agreement it requires signatures from Company 1 and ...
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Exemption for "conduct of litigation" as a lay representative?

The following activites are "reserved legal activities" per the Legal Services Act 2007 ("LSA 2007"), s 12(1): (a) the exercise of a right of audience; (b) the conduct of ...
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Can i represent myself in a German court without a lawyer?

I want to represent myself in german court because I don't have money for a lawyer (i am a student international ) and I also don't know anything about german laws at all I have many evidence(gmails/...
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Why do we need lawyers in the Judicial system?

Law is supposed to be known to all citizens. It is also assumed (implicitly) that it is correctly understood: Ignorance or misinterpretation is not an excuse before the judge. So why are we required ...
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When to stop responding to repetitive pre-action letters?

Sorry if this is not the right place to ask this, please point me to anywhere better suited! I've been receiving pre-action letters for a year from my ex-girlfriend's lawyers, saying they intend to ...
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Is it possible to request the court to appoint a public defender in a civil infraction case?

Related: In a civil infraction case, does the defendant have to turn over evidence to the prosecution beforehand? Simple parking ticket dispute. The defendant has been put through an unreasonable ...
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Are lawyers allowed to come to agreements with opposing lawyers without the client's knowledge or consent?

Through his lawyer, a client asked for, and received a professional courtesy from the opposing side. The opposing counsel had attached a condition to this professional courtesy that the client didn't ...
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Are lawyers allowed to contact potential clients?

Would it be inappropriate for a lawyer to proactively find/contact people who might need legal representation and offer them their services? Would it be against any code of conduct or similar? The ...
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Do lawyers have to prove their claim that they represent an entity?

I got a threatening letter from lawyer Y the other day. They claim they are representing company X. Since I wasn't sure, I wrote back, asking for documentation of their retention by company X. I also ...
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How Honest Should One Be With Their Lawyer?

Question: Should one be unconditionally honest with their lawyer whenever one is being charged with a crime ? In particular what is the correct response when the lawyer asks "Did you do it ?"
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What options exist for doing one's own legal work?

To my understanding, you can always represent yourself in court. So when is it a good idea to get a lawyer? I have a relatively simple case but could use a few pointers. I know legal proceedings have ...
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If someone steals from me do I need a lawyer?

Someone took my bank card while at a party. Somehow he got my PIN number and took $400 from my account. I filed a complaint with the local police. They asked me if I wanted to charge him. (Of course I ...
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I fancy myself an amateur lawyer. Can I represent someone in court, in the state of Maryland?

I live in Montgomery County Maryland. I am not a lawyer. But I have significant legal experience. I have successfully sued people, watched many trials, I have successfully won dozens of trials for my ...
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What happens if you have to turn up at two or more courts at once?

I was wondering, when a court sends out "invitations" for persons to appear at a court session, it usually includes a "you have to appear if not sick (or else)" clause. Now naturally it can happen ...
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When a U.S. Attorney files charges, does this mean it is automatically filed on behalf of the DoJ?

Background Piggy backing off the question about two United State political bodies conducting an investigation, someone made a comment that the a U.S. attorney is always part of the DoJ. I understand ...
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Can one contract a non-lawyer to represent them in court and get the other party pay for fees?

Say I want to sue someone (or I am being sued by someone) but I neither want to hire a lawyer nor represent myself in person (civil case, not criminal). Would I be able to hire, for example, a law ...
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To what extent can a spouse assist in a legal case?

My spouse has been named in a statement of offence by a municipal court. If found guilty, the charge would result in a fine that would ultimately affect us both. I was, in fact, witness to the event (...
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What happens if I don't show up to the Court (DRA, Family Court, UK)?

The matter is listed for an adjourned DRA on _____ _____ 2018 10AM. The parties to attend at 9AM. DRA = Dispute Resolution Appointment I want to know what would happen if I don't show up for the ...
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Why would someone feel compelled to self-represent in court?

As someone who is aware of instances where individuals choose to self-represent, I know that I am way out of my depth to represent myself should I find myself in need of legal services. However, for ...
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Managing member can not speak for their LLC in court?

Edit: I feel like there is a misunderstanding in my question. She is the business owner and really the only representative of the business; but still the judge said that a person can not speak for the ...
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When and how, after being arrested, can a person hire their own attorney?

I've never been arrested or been a party in any legal case (other than minor traffic violations) that warranted getting an attorney, so having never hired legal counsel, forgive me if this is an ...
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Illegal to pay attorney more if acquittal is obtained?

I would think that for a criminal defendant, assuming that they have money, it would be in their interest to pay much more for a result of acquittal, than for a conviction. For example, imagine an ...
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