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HOW TO FIND LEGAL HELP

If you need legal assistance and cannot afford a private lawyer, you should first find out if you are eligible for Legal Aid, approach your local Law Centre if one exists in your area or contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

If these services do not meet your needs, there may be other options. You may be able to get assistance from:

– a pro bono legal law clinic
– an online legal resource
– or you may have to represent yourself.

WHAT ARE ‘PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES’?

“Pro bono” legal services may be provided free of charge when clients have no other access to legal advice or where their case raises a wider issue of public interest.

Many kinds of legal services can be provided pro bono but your request will have to meet certain criteria before a lawyer will agree to act on your behalf. Criteria differ between pro bono providers. To find links to the pro bono organisations which might be able to assist you see the list on the right hand side of this page.

It will generally be difficult to obtain pro bono assistance for a commercial dispute and/or where you have substantial means or assets. It may also be difficult to obtain pro bono services in areas such as criminal and family law. It will also depend on where you are located, as pro bono services depend upon the good will and availability of your local lawyers.

The Centre does not refer individuals to lawyers for help with a legal problem, however the charities which are housed within the Centre might be able to help you.