HI, I would like to take a financial planner to court for not providing appropriate advice. On the assumption that I have a case, and I wanted to represent myself, what would be some of my risks? In particular, I am aware that if I were to lose the case, I would have to pay some court fees which are listed here http://www.magistratescourt.wa.gov.au/_files/Magistrates_Court_Fees.pdf, however, would I also be required to pay the financial planner's lawyer fees too? Are there any other significant costs I would need to incur? The total of my dispute is approximately $30,000. Another tactic I was considering is taking them to small claims court for $10 000 where neither of us can have a lawyer. If I am successful then perhaps I can then escalate to a general claim for the larger sum? My reasoning for this is that I would have formed a precedent in the small claims court which would enable me to seek redress for the remainder of what I have lost. Any assistance/guidance will be great!