The High Court has dismissed an attempt to stop a former litigant in person getting a second chance at making their claim after the first was struck out due to a technicality.

Philip Davies is pursuing the second action against a company of boiler installers after his first attempt was struck out due to him failing to meet the court’s unless order.

The defendants applied to have the second action struck out on the basis that the claimant was guilty of an abuse of process given his failure to advance the original claim.

The case is another example where the courts are attempting to grapple with issues arising from people representing themselves. It is thought that judges are minded to give litigants in person a little more leeway in compliance with rules and procedure, while trying not to interfere with court processes.

The Judge said that the Claimant, who was a litigant in person when the first claim failed, had not shown a ‘wholesale disregard’ of the civil procedure rules and it had been struck out for a technical problem rather than an inordinate or serious delay.

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Shalish acts on behalf of both private individuals and commercial clients, bringing or defending claims in the High Court or the County Court. Shalish is fluent in Gujarati and will happily represent those for whom Gujariti is the first language, in English. Shalish is also able to advise and assist with negotiations to resolve disputes, avoiding the need for court proceedings. Shalish joined the firm 10 years ago, very shortly after he qualified as a solicitor. Shalish is a keen sportsman, regularly playing cricket and five-a-side football. He is also a self-confessed foodie, taking great pleasure in sampling different cuisines from around the world. Currently, Shalish is pursuing his interest in languages, attending evening Spanish lessons at a local college.