Finding legal help
You can get legal advice paid for by your:
- union or professional body, if you’re a member of one
- some types of household insurance
Law Centres offer free, independent legal advice within their local communities. Law Centres tend to specialise in social welfare law, but may also cover other areas of work.
Law Centres Network
Pro bono legal help
Pro bono legal help is voluntary advice and representation. It is often free of charge for those unable to pay and who are ineligible for legal aid. Organisations which provide this include:
- LawWorks, the solicitors’ pro bono organisation. It connects people in need of legal advice and assistance with the skills and expertise of lawyers.
- The Free Representation Unit, which offers free legal services in employment, social security and some criminal injury compensation cases.
University law clinics
Some universities provide free legal advice through law clinics, such as:
Search online for ‘university law clinics’ in your area.
Generally you will have the right to act on your own behalf in legal matters, including representing yourself in court as a 'litigant in person'.
Representing yourself in court
Last reviewed by Scope on: 03/03/2020
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