The ever-excellent, Marina Hyde of the Guardian was commenting upon the “Wagatha Christie” trial, and provided some practical advice (about never, ever talking to journalists) that I would suggest is quite sound.

She then added the following advice on legal disputes that might be well worth considering (?):-

… “This advice was really inspired by some once given to me by a very good lawyer and very good friend.  And that advice was: never litigate.  Never, never litigate, unless it is absolutely unavoidable.  Unless we’re talking about some serious crime, which is obviously different, then just don’t go to court.  Do anything to avoid it.  It is totally consuming, and it weighs on you in a way it never could for all the lawyers making money off it (and off you).  In the months and even years you wait for your case to be heard, it’ll be the first thing you think about when you wake up, and the last thing on your mind when you go to bed at night.  In 99 out of 100 instances, the best advice is to leave it, and get on with living your life.

As Rebekah Vardy is perhaps now discovering, more than two and a half years after Coleen Rooney’s fabled Instagram post, very few things in this life are more horrifyingly overrated than “having your day in court”.

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