I was interested by John Hyde’s article, ‘Law graduate venture aims to help LiPs’ (Gazette, 22 July). If people are representing themselves in court because they can’t afford a lawyer, I am surprised if they feel it is worth paying an unqualified law student £500 for ‘guidance through the court process’. Wouldn’t the money be better spent on legal advice? I am sure Ms Ratcliffe has the best of intentions, but it is naive to think you can provide ‘assistance with statements and production of the court bundle’ without giving any legal advice, which Ms Ratcliffe is not qualified to do.
Richenda Buxton, Solicitor, London EC1