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The Realities of Legal Aid – Should I Pay Privately?

When embarking on a legal case, funding can often be a major concern. Many clients choose to pay privately so they have more control of their access to assistance from the start.

Others decide to find out if they are eligible for legal aid, which can help them to pay for legal advice, family mediation or representation in court or at a tribunal. Eligibility will depend on the client meeting certain criteria relating to their finances, the severity of the problem and the type of case. In some cases, legal aid will be free, but in others the client will need to contribute to the cost. Edward Hayes are predominately a private practice however we also offer legal aid services.

Typically, an individual may be entitled to legal aid if they or their family are at risk of abuse or serious harm, such as domestic violence or forced marriage; they’re at risk of homelessness or losing their home; they have been accused of a crime, face prison or detention; they are being discriminated against; they need family mediation or if they are adding legal arguments to or bringing a case under the Human Rights Act. A legal aid check will indicate eligibility and, once it is ascertained that a client qualifies, their solicitor can apply for legal aid for them.

Edward Hayes is not a general high street legal aid practice, as the partners believe it is not possible to work to the highest standards when public funding is badly constrained, as has been the case in recent years. That said, the firm does not compromise on quality when it comes to its legal aid clients and has very high levels of success to bear this out.

Remember – the option to pay privately is there for all clients, who will be assured of receiving a personal, supportive and attentive service throughout the case. Edward Hayes’s solicitors, barristers and higher court advocates will work – to acclaimed standards – for all their clients.

Find out how we can help with legal services for you, your business or international matters by calling us on 01243 781431 for our Chichester office or 020 7353 0011 for London. Alternatively, visit our contact page to find the most conveniently located premises to you.

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