Wed 19 March 2008, The Guardian

Yes, it was a rant. But, despite herself, Heather might just have performed an important public service

By Marcel Berlins
It is tempting to treat Heather Mills's 11-minute résumé of her wide-ranging views, following so closely on her upending a glass of water on the head of Paul McCartney's solicitor, Fiona Shackleton, as the rantings of a disturbed woman, no stranger to eccentric outbursts. Much of what Mills said was indeed tosh. But there were moments that caused me to reflect. Could she be right in suggesting that the legal establishment is a closely knit club, denying justice to those who are not members and don't know the rules, such as litigants in person? I don't believe so. Reading the judgment in the case, made public yesterday, I find no hint of unfairness or hostility to Mills. Had she remained with her lawyers, would she be the richer? Would they have discovered some piece of information, some clever legal device, some trick of advocacy, that would have turned the case to her greater advantage? Only marginally, maybe.
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