Legal Aid

Ashmans Solicitors hold a Legal Aid contract with the Legal Services Commission for both Family and Criminal cases and we will advise you as to your eligibility for Legal Aid. If you are not eligible, we can offer you competitive rates and possibly even fixed fees, depending on your circumstances.

Contact us now to discuss your legal needs.

Email us on: enquiries@ashmanssolicitors.com

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What is Legal Aid?

Legal Aid is a way of meeting the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal.

To receive Legal Aid, you will usually need to show that:

  • your case is eligible for Legal Aid;
  • the problem that you are having is serious; and,
  • you cannot afford to pay for legal costs.

Ashmans Solicitors will apply for Legal Aid on your behalf and, if you qualify, the government will pay us our costs directly.

In certain circumstances, you may have to pay some money towards the legal costs of your case or pay the costs back later.

Can I receive Legal Aid?

You would normally be able to receive Legal Aid if:

  • You or your family are at risk of abuse or serious harm. (This can include domestic violence or forced marriage).
  • You need advice on finances, children or divorce (if you’ve been in an abusive relationship).
  • You’re at risk of homelessness.
  • You’ve been accused of a crime and face prison.
  • You are being discriminated against.
  • You are in need of family mediation.
  • You are adding legal arguments.
  • You are bringing a case under the Human Rights Act.
  • You or someone in your family has been receiving poor quality care, due to age, disability or special educational needs.
  • You know that a child in your family is at risk of being taken into care.
  • You are challenging the way the government has made a decision about you.
  • You are seeking asylum.
  • You have been the victim of human trafficking.
  • You need representation at a mental health tribunal or inquest.
  • Or… you are appealing a decision made by the social security tribunal about your Benefits, to the Upper Tribunal, Court of Appeal or Supreme Court.

Will I have to show my financial documents to prove that I need Legal Aid?

Yes, you will usually need to show/prove that you cannot afford to pay for your legal help, advice and costs. You’ll need to show us information regarding yourself and your partner.

You’ll usually have to give details and evidence of your income, benefits, savings and property, and those of your partner, too. If you’re under 18, you may need to give information about your parents’ or guardians’ income.

Are there any circumstances in which my financial situation is not taken into account?

Yes, these include cases about: mental health tribunals, children in care and child abduction.

Are there ever Exceptional Cases for Legal Aid?

Yes, you may be able to get Legal Aid in exceptional cases, if you can show that being refused Legal Aid would infringe:

  • Your rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
  • Your EU rights to legal representation.

What happens if I win money or a home after my court case?

Please note that the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) will make a charge or claim – known as the ‘statutory charge’ – on any money or property you win as a result of your court case. If this is your home, payment can be deferred and the debt placed as a charge on your home, which is very similar to a mortgage.

Will Legal Aid help me in a Civil Case?

Civil cases are non-criminal cases that include issues like debt, family or housing problems. To get Legal Aid, you usually need to show that you cannot afford to pay for legal costs and your problem is serious.

You may have to provide evidence about your problem too, for example in a divorce case by providing a court order or GP letter showing that you or your child have been a victim of abuse.

Can I get Legal Aid for a Criminal Case?

Yes. You have the right to free legal advice if you’re questioned at a police station. Plus, you’ll automatically get Legal Aid for legal representation in court if you’re under 16 (or under 18 and in full-time education) – or on certain Benefits.

A police custody officer will help you get Legal Aid if you’ve been arrested and held at a police station. You’ll be offered free advice:

  • by telephone (if the offence is less serious), or from the police station’s duty solicitor – or from your own legal adviser at Ashmans Solicitors.

How do I contact Ashmans Solicitors?

You are welcome to Contact Ashmans Solicitors for a free, no-obligation enquiry – all enquiries are welcome. We have offices in: Central London and East London, Dewsbury, Sheffield, Huddersfield and Leeds.

Please use the Contact Us form regarding your Legal Aid query, being as detailed as possible.

To help us answer you quickly, you’ll need to first describe the issue you’re having – then tell us what you want to achieve.

You may also email or call us to make an appointment.

Email us on: enquiries@ashmanssolicitors.com

CALL US ON 0333 009 6275 – OR REQUEST A FREE CALL BACK

How can we help?

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Why choose us?

  • We have successfully recovered over £30 million in compensation for our clients.
  • Our offices are situated throughout the UK in 6 key locations.
  • We have multi-lingual staff who can immediately assist you.
  • We only use plain and simple language, with no complex, legal jargon.
  • We offer you a free, initial consultation.
  • You can be assured of competitive prices and a very high success rate.
  • We are the first choice for professionals who need help with keeping their driving licence.
  • Once you have instructed us, we will select an experienced barrister, who is local to you. We’ll arrange a conference with them so you can be clear about your prospects.
  • We pride ourselves on finding often-missed opportunities that will mitigate your charges and help your case.
  • We are ranked as a leading firm in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 – one of the foremost guides to law firms in the United Kingdom.
  • If you are facing Proceeds Of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings following a conviction for fraud, we will be able to help you reduce the impact that this will have on you and your family.
  • Our reputation as a leading defence firm in general and serious crime cases is built on the strength we have in creating viable defences.
  • We will attend the police station to offer you independent legal advice free of charge, as you will need to be clear about where you stand from the outset.
  • We help to mitigate Restraining Orders, lessening the effect on you, your family and your business.
  • We act on behalf of many other solicitors – and also doctors, teachers and vets who are facing a motoring offence. This is in addition to taxi drivers, lorry drivers and others who drive for a living.
  • We have an expert team of in-house family law specialists, each with many years of experience representing clients in family courts.
  • If you’re being forced into a marriage against your will, we can help you to arrange a Forced Marriage Protection Order.
  • Whether you have had an accident at work, a slip or trip or a road traffic accident, you can rely on our expert personal injury team.
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Ashmans Solicitors were completely professional in their approach from start to finish. They kept me informed of my case throughout and I was overjoyed with the outcome and service.

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