In the main, legal aid is no longer available for most family law private children matters (that is, those where children are not deemed to be at risk of significant harm). There are some circumstances in which it is still available, particularly if you have been a victim of domestic abuse. Direct public access barristers are not able to apply for legal aid on your behalf, so if you think you might be eligible, you can either go to a solicitor who can work with legally aided clients, or check your eligibility via the government’s legal aid calculator.
You can still get legal aid if you are directly involved in court proceedings with a local authority about children, so you should seek legal advice.
There will be Litigants in Person who are eligible for public funding (also known as legal aid) and they may wish to take advantage of this funding.It is our responsibility to signpost you to a legal aid lawyer or other groups such as the Advocate (formerly known as the Bar Pro-Bono Unit) which may be able to assist you.Our chambers do not carry out legal aid work.
REGULATED BY THE BAR STANDARDS BOARD
Direct Access barristers are regulated by the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board and have strict professional rules by which they abide, giving you the benefit of consumer protection and the backing of a professional conduct regime built up over centuries.
Only the barristers who have achieved a specialist direct access qualification are allowed to work directly with clients.