Legal Aid

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At Crockett & Co. Solicitors we believe everyone should be entitled to legal representation and as such take great pride in being able to provide publicly funded legal advice.

Crockett & Co Solicitors are contracted with the Legal Aid Agency and can provide Legal Aid, known as Public Funding, subject to eligibility.

In 2012, the Legal Aid system was reformed and aw the introduction of The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).

The introduction os LASP resulted in Legal Aid being removed for many cases where is had been previously available.

Legal Aid is available for Public Law proceedings, e.g. care proceedings and adoption, subject to availability. 

Determining what services are now excluded is complex, but generally Legal Aid will not be available for private family matters unless there is proof of domestic abuse, unlawful child abduction, child abuse, forced marriage or where a child requires representation. In addition to this proof, there are strict rules on how much money and capital you can have to be eligible for Legal Aid.

To assess whether you are eligible for Legal Aid, you will need to have the following documents to show us:

    • Letters from the DWP / Job Centre / Pension Service fated within the last month, confirming what benefits you are currently in receipt of

    • If you are employed, the most recent month's payslip(s) and if you are self employed, your complete financial accounts and tax return

    • Evidence of all other income i.e. pension documents, bank statements (the most recent bank statement from each of your bank accounts), any share certificates, National Savings Certificates or Premium Bonds

    • Proof of your outgoings in respect of rent / mortgage - rent book or mortgage statements. if you own your house, proof of outstanding mortgage value and an up to date estimate of the value of your house

If you are alleging domestic violence or child abuse you must bring proof with you - you can check with us as to what is submittable as proof

If in doubt, contact us and come in and see us. We can go the criteria and complete an assessment for you if we believe that you meet the criteria for public funding.