Germlat asked: @RF- Really? Even administrative law cases?
What, the right of every British citizen to dispense with lawyers and defend himself? Yes correct me if I'm wrong but that's what I heard.
Also, I think the Brit state is obliged to provide a lawyer free of charge to anybody who can't afford one (if he wants one).
Of course, criminal cases might have different rules to civil cases, for example if you're simply trying to sue somebody the state might not provide a free lawyer.
(I've been hauled up court 7 times as a defendant in the past so I've gained a good insight as to how the Brit legal system works)