I read with interest the reference to litigants in person by Lady Justice Hallett. She opined that ‘prolix’ grounds of appeal, by advocates and applicants in person, were ‘simply unacceptable’.

I enquired of several people on the Clapham Omnibus if they understood the meaning of the word ‘prolix’ (some were in my office) and very few could answer correctly (including myself). Going forward, it will be a sorry state of affairs if, with the increasing numbers of LiPs forced on us by the government, LiPs are subjected to seemingly incomprehensible language by the senior judiciary.

Charlie Jones, partner, Weightmans, Co Law Society Council member Merseyside and District