Legal Aid legal aid

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.

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.

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.

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Our Access to Justice Committee promotes improvements in legal aid and access to justice and advises on policy formulation. Information for members of the public about finding a solicitor, advice for applicants, objections to the granting of civil legal services, the Statutory Charge and the National Fraud Initiative. Find out how to get legal help if you’re on a low income, including advice from a law centre or legal aid solicitor, and trial or tribunal representation by a pro bono barrister. Think about what other organisations you’ve joined that might help.

  • Under Article 6 ECHR everyone has the general right is ‘to a fair … hearing’ in the determination of civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge.
  • Advice centres such as law centres, are staffed by solicitors and other specialist caseworkers who can offer free legal advice and help you decide whether a solicitor or another legal adviser is needed.
  • Some offer a fixed fee – that way you’ll know in advance what the advice will cost.
  • We are the voice of solicitors, driving excellence in the profession and safeguarding the rule of law.
  • Don’t include any personal or financial information, for example National Insurance, credit card numbers, or phone numbers.
  • Advocate only helps people who cannot afford to pay and cannot get legal aid.

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.

Access To Information

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.

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Members of LAPG receive regular updates about developments in the operation of the legal aid scheme and policy issues. Members have access to discounted training courses and events such as our well-regarded annual conference. Legal aid is help for people who can’t afford to pay for legal advice or representation in court by a solicitor or barrister. There are three different schemes that pay legal aid for people needing legal advice and representation if a case goes to court. If you need legal assistance but cannot afford to pay for a lawyer, Legal Aid helps meet the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal. A person being interviewed by the police about criminal charges is entitled to free legal aid for police station advice.