Compiled by a number of specialist Bar associations, A Guide to Representing Yourself in Court explains where to find free or affordable legal help, how to start and defend a claim, and how to represent yourself in court, together with advice on specialist sections of the law.

The Bar already offers free legal advice and representation, said Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar, but “we know that cannot hope to meet the need which LASPO will create”. The guide will be sent to all MPs for constituents’ use.

The senior judiciary has repeatedly warned that courts clogged with litigants in person may end up costing more than the government was ever likely to save by the cuts to civil legal aid.