Michelle Buckle, Stuart Barton (Head of Department), Samantha Cole, Paula Fraser

You may be eligible for Legal Aid (public funding) in respect of your case.

Significant changes were introduced to the Legal Aid system in April 2013.  These changes have placed large restrictions on the availability of Legal Aid for family law matters. The rules regarding Legal Aid eligibility are complicated. Eligibility is based not only upon your financial circumstances but the nature/merits of your case. If you believe you might qualify you will need to provide evidence to prove your eligibility.  To find out if you might qualify initially, you can use the online guide:

https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid

Even if you don’t qualify for substantive Legal Aid for your case, you may qualify for Help with Family Mediation. This is a limited form of Legal Aid that allows us to advise during the mediation process. If an agreement is reached through mediation, we can advise on whether this is fair and if practical, convert in into a binding court order.

If you are eligible for Legal Aid, your public funding may not be free of charge. You may be asked to make a monthly contribution whilst your case is ongoing. If you recover money or property at the end of your case, you may well have to pay back your legal costs from that money or property.