You don’t need to pay anything for these legal services. 31 events across the 5 days of the conference – attended by over 800 practitioners and others with a keen interest in access to justice and legal aid. We work closely with other representative bodies to raise awareness about the importance of legal aid and the work of legal aid practitioners. We raise concerns with government about policy and operational issues in an effort to improve the current system which excludes some of the most vulnerable members of society. Download a copy of the October 2021 Westminster Commission on Legal Aid’s report for a detailed exposition of the issues across the broken legal aid system. We fully endorse the Commission’s recommendations for increasing access for clients and improving sustainability for providers.
- LAPG is a membership body representing legal aid practitioners in England and Wales and the clients they serve.
- Despite the savage cuts, Legal Aid is still available for some matters.
- Your solicitor will decide if you meet the financial eligibility limits under the advice and assistance scheme.
- If you have a problem and need legal advice to resolve it, you may be able to get help from a legal adviser or an organisation which specialises in your problem.
- Consultation responses We develop policy in response to proposals for changes in the law, which come from a variety of sources, including government departments and non-governmental organisations.
If you have a comment or query about benefits, you will need to contact the government department or agency which handles that benefit. Don’t include any personal or financial information, for example National Insurance, credit card numbers, or phone numbers. If you have a court case or tribunal there are a number of organisations that can support you. To get support you must be refered by a referral agency. Advice UK does not offer advice directly but has details on their website of organisations and contacts that offer advice across a range of issues. Download the full programme here for an overview of what we covered.
Finding Free Or Affordable Legal Help
If you’re going to a tribunal or court without a lawyer, find out where to get help to represent yourself and what a McKenzie Friend, the Personal Support Unit or an interpreter can do. Unions can sometimes offer free legal help such as finding and paying for a solicitor – and not just for work problems. You should check the agreement carefully and ask your solicitor to explain what you might have to pay if you lose your claim. You might be able to get a short appointment with a solicitor for free or a set cost. Other solicitors might work for you on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis.
Advicenow is an independent, not-for-profit website providing accurate, up-to-date information on rights and legal issues. If you need professional legal advice, your local advice centre is a good place to start. If you are eligible for legal aid find out how to claim here.
Defending The Future Of Criminal Legal Aid: What Were Doing For Members
All the sessions were recorded so if you attended the conference but missed a session, get in touch and we will give you access to the recording. Helplines Practice Advice Service Our Practice Advice Service offers free and confidential support on legal practice and procedure. Information about the Legal Services Agency Northern Ireland, forms and guidance for legal professionals and guidance for members of the public.
If your case is serious and you can’t afford to pay your legal costs, legal aid might pay some or all of them. We employ lawyers that have offered services for 20+ years. With that comes a depth of knowledge and experience that can be key in delivering results for the client.