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Lawyer Turned 'Legal Coach' – In France, A New Way To Make Your Own Case In Court

There is a new way to reduce legal costs. Law firms prepare the case and coach their clients, who then defend themselves – without a lawyer – in court.

Taking the case into your own hands (nrv75)
Taking the case into your own hands (nrv75)
Rafaële Rivais

PARIS - Leïla Foudil bought a new Opel car for 24,000 euros three years ago, but the vehicle kept breaking down and she had to spend 3,000 euros for repairs. It's a familiar story with a familiar dilemma. "Everyone told me to sue the car dealer, but I didn't know how to do it. A lawyer is expensive. And how do I find the right one?"

Foudil posted questions on car owner Internet forums and found out that very few drivers dare suing auto manufacturers. "I also googled ‘cheap lawyer" or ‘discount legal services' and it turned out it would cost me about 2,000 euros!" she recalls.

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Welcome to Monday, where Anthony Albanese is sworn in as Australia's new prime minister, a verdict is in for the first war crimes trial in Ukraine and the food & energy industrials get outrageously richer. In Colombian daily El Espectador, María Mónica Monsalve Sánchez explores how Colombia is toeing the line between carbon-offsetting and unabashed greenwashing.

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