The regulations in relation to Legal Aid provision changed on 1 April 2013. Since that date access to Legal Aid has been restricted for private law children, immigration and housing cases. Legal Aid is always available (and is non means and merits tested) if you are the parent of a child who has been removed from your care by a Local Authority (Care Proceedings). In almost every other circumstance, Legal Aid is means and merits tested. We set out some general advice below as to financial eligibility (rates given are as of 1 April 2016):
- Do you have capital of less than £8,000 (£3,000 for legal representation in respect of an immigration matter)? AND
- Do you receive Income Support, Income-Based Job Seeker's Allowance, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, Guarantee Credit or Universal Credit? Or, is your income less than £2,657 per month? If you are in employment you can deduct £45 for employment expenses. In addition, if you are working, the following deductions must be made for Dependents' Allowances: Partner: £181.91; Child aged 15 or under: £291.49; Child aged 16 or over; £291.49. If your disposable income is less than £733 per month after making these deductions + tax, National Insurance, housing costs, maintenance and childcare then you will be eligible for Legal Aid.In order to check your financial eligibility for Legal Aid you can complete a quick assessment on the following website: https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid
- If your are eligible for Legal Aid you will need to provide an up to date copy of your Benefit entitlement (dated within 28 days of your interview) and your last 3 months Bank statements for every account you hold. If you are working, you will need to provide your last 3 months payslips plus your last 3 months Bank statements for each account you hold.
Given the difficulty a lot of our clients experience in funding litigation where Legal Aid is not available or the client is not financially eligible, we offer competitive fixed fees, which are set out below:
- 1 hour interview £120 (including VAT)
- 30 minute telephone interview (payment by debit or credit card beforehand) £50 including VAT
- Immigration Consultation £120 (including VAT)
- Change of Name Deed £100 + VAT
- Statutory Declaration £100 + VAT
- Certification of documents £20 per first page of each separate document, and £5 for each page of the same document thereafter, + VAT.
- Fixed fee divorce - £600.00 + VAT + disbursements (We can provide individual quotations for cases involving financial disputes, or disputes relating to children)
- Fixed fee non-molestation order (injunction) where client is not eligible for Legal Aid £1,500.00 + VAT + disbursements (for an initial application - fixed fees can be agreed for further meetings / hearings)
- Fixed fee Court Advocacy £350.00 + VAT per 1/2 day
- Hourly rates for ongoing litigation range between £150 and £195 + VAT. Please ask us for a competitive quotation.
Call us: 023 80 234433