HOW MUCH IT WILL COST YOU?
We are pleased to inform you that we are contracted with the Legal Aid Agency and have a Legal Aid Franchise in respect of the following areas of law:
- Community Care Law
- Crime and Prison Law
- Family Law – Public Law Proceedings (Care proceedings, domestic violence)
Legal Aid in Community Care Matters
In order to qualify for legal aid in civil matters, your total disposable income must not exceed £733 and your savings/investment/capital must not exceed £8,000.
Legal Aid in Family Law Matters
Legal aid has been significantly restricted in family matters. It is only available in respect of matters involving domestic violence and involvement of social services in children matters.
You may be eligible for legal aid if you a victim of domestic violence or are divorcing/separating from an abusive partner. If you are able to provide evidence of domestic violence, then you may be eligible for legal aid under this exemption for assistance in respect of divorce, child contact and financial orders.
Similarly, you may be eligible for legal aid with issues such as child contact or removal of parental responsibility. You must provide evidence to show that your child is at risk of abuse/neglect.
Legal Aid in Prison Matters
For advice and assistance only, your monthly disposable income must not exceed £99 per week and capital must not exceed £1,000 (if you are single) or £1,335 (if you have one dependant) or £1,535 (if you have two dependants).
In respect of advocacy assistance, your monthly disposable income must not exceed £209 per week and capital must not exceed £3,000 (if you are single) or £3,335 (if you have one dependant) or £3,535 (if you have two dependants).
Legal Aid in Criminal Matters
In order to qualify for legal aid at both Magistrates' Court and Crown Court matters, two tests must be satisfied:
1. Interest of Justice Test
This test considers the "merits" of the case, for example, the person's previous convictions, the nature of the offence and the risk of imprisonment.
2. Means Test
This test considers your financial circumstances, for example, your household income, capital and outgoings.
The purpose of both test is to ascertain whether or not you qualify for legal aid.
Please note that since 27 January 2014, a financial eligibility threshold was introduced to Crown Court trials. This means that if your annual household disposable income is £37,500 or more, you may not qualify for legal aid.
During the initial advice, our team will go through your finances and advise you whether or not you will qualify for Legal Aid.
If you do not qualify for Legal Aid, we will introduce you to our flexible payment scheme and provide you with a number of options. If you would like to find out more about our flexible payment scheme, please contact us on 0208 694 2269.