Now those who cannot afford a lawyer may well consider standing up in front of a judge to represent themselves.
So what advice do professionals have for you if you find yourself in that position?
“First of all, look and see if you can get advice from a voluntary agency, Citizens Advice or something like that,” says Maura McGowan, chairman of the Bar Council.
“Secondly, stop and see if you can find £50, £70 or £100 and buy a small piece of time with a lawyer.
“He or she will tell you whether to stop the case, even at that stage, and help provide an outline if you have a case.”