a man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client
1809 Port Folio (Philadelphia) Aug. 132 He who is always his own counseller will often have a fool for his client.
1850 L. HUNT Autobiography II. xi. The proprietor of the Morning Chronicle pleaded his own cause, an occasion in which a man is said to have ‘a fool for his client’.
1911 British Weekly 21 Dec. 386 There is a popular impression, for which there is a good deal to be said, that a man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client.
1975 D. BAGLEY Snow Tiger xiii. You must have heard the saying that the man who argues his own case has a fool for a lawyer.
2002 Spectator 30 Mar. 35 The man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client, and that goes double for retired law lecturers from Newcastle Polytechnic.
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