In a recent case a couple took their neighbour to court over a noisy water feature. The couple asserted the water feature consituted a nuisance in law.  The Court found there to be no nuisnace and the couple were ordered to pay over £4,000 in costs.  

This case is a stark reminder that cases with a lack of merit are not well received by the court.  Claims in nuisance have to comply with statutory guidelines, in cases where litigants represent themsleves such as this one, it is often the case that upon attending trial they attend without the necessary knowledge of the law.  Whilst people can be put off by legal fees, an advice from a solicitor would have been significantly cheaper than the costs that were ordered to be paid.  

A solicitor can offer advice on the merits of a case at an early stage which would enable a party to then proceed independently if they so choose.  The court are increasingly seeking to make the court process easier for litigants in person to deal with their own cases, and this isnt always a bad thing.  The issue comes when a litigant in person deals with a claim without an understanding of the legal principles underpinning their case.  Whilst proceedures can be adopted to assist in streamlining issuing and the court process, the court does not offer legal advice.  If you do intend to pursue legal action without legal representation or advice then the advice has to be; prepare well, read around the subject area, and pick your battles.