The growth in the international "rights culture" and cuts to legal aid have helped to breed a new kind of obsessive litigant who refuses to accept British justice, a senior judge has claimed.

Almost a third of some cases heard in the Court of Appeal are brought by litigants who make hopeless arguments and have no chance of success, the Master of the Rolls, Lord Philips of Worth Matravers, said at a gathering of international lawyers this week.

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