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Areas Of Legal Aid Funding

There have been some major changes to Legal Aid since 1st April 2013. The Legal Services Commission has traditionally provided Legal Aid assistance to those who have been financially eligible to cover all aspects of family law.

However, since 1st April 2013 Legal Aid has been limited to ONLY those cases involving issues of child protection or where an individual is able to produce evidence of domestic abuse within the relationship.

Examples where funding is available are:

  • Public family law regarding protection of children (care proceedings)
  • Private family law (divorce) where there is evidence of domestic violence
  • Children cases relating to contact/residence/prohibited steps/specific issues where there is evidence of abuse
  • Child abduction matters
  • Representation for child parties in family cases
  • Legal advice in support of mediation
  • Domestic violence injunction cases
  • Forced marriage protection order cases
  • If you had public funding secured before 1st April 2013, it will continue.

To qualify for Legal Aid, you’ll need to pass a means test. This considers your income and expenditure and establishes whether you are financially eligible for Legal Aid-funded services.

If you are not eligible for Legal Aid and you still want to be represented by a solicitor you will have to fund that yourself.

Legal Aid Solicitors Committed To The Resolution Of Family Disputes

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Here at Hopkins Law we appreciate the levels of stress and anxiety involved in many family law cases. Not only is there a lot to organise, there is also the emotional distress. As experts in the field providing family law legal aid, we offer an intelligent and pragmatic approach, working to a dignified outcome for all the family.

The legal aid solicitors in our team are skilled advocates and negotiators, with extensive experience in all aspects of family law. We offer sensitivity, discretion and a tailor-made resolution for you and your case, always trying to make the legal process as smooth, quick and hassle free as possible.

For any further information regarding the range of family law legal aid services we provide, or speak to one of our legal aid solicitors.

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Hi Michelle,

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the work
you’re doing on my case and to send my kind regards.
I feel over the moon with the progress. I’ve got a
different head on my shoulders and feel so confident in
Hopkins Law and yourself.


Michelle Jones Testimonial

I have previously emailed about how amazing Sally was during my divorce which settled in December of last year.
Following a recent issue with my ex husband not abiding by the agreement reached in relation to our daughter’s university accommodation I had to call upon her help again and just wanted to take the time to say how fantastic she has been.
Sally is truly an asset to your firm, professional yet personable and just a wonderful person to deal with when facing testing times.
I have always had the utmost faith and confidence in her and her advice and she has taken so much pressure away from me (and my daughter) over the last 2.5 years.
I cannot thank her enough and in a world where we’re all too quick to point out errors feel it’s important to commend those who go above and beyond, of which she is such a person.
I’m sure you already know this about her but I just wanted to say thank you once again. She’s a star and I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone finding themselves in the position I have been in.
I am more than happy for my comments to be shared/used. Thank you Sally, hopefully this will now be the end of it (again), but I wouldn’t hesitate to either recommend her or return should the need ever arise.

S H Testimonial

I have known Rhian Howells for over 5 years and always find her to be approachable, honest and reliable.
Rhian has a manner which enables her to impart her extensive knowledge of law in a way that one can understand, and always has your interest to heart.
I have and would have no hesitation in recommended Rhian.

S Testimonial

Thank you once again, it’s been a draining year on a number of levels, however, I very much appreciate your patience, support and guidance throughout the whole process. I genuinely feel like a different person this morning and you have been an integral part of achieving that
I really can’t express just how pleased I have been with Sally, nothing was ever too much trouble for her, her advice was always sound and she is very personable as well which makes things a whole lot easier. I will recommend Sally to anyone finding themselves in the position I did. I cannot thank or praise her enough, she really is an asset.
Thank you once again


S Testimonial

Dear Hopkins Law:
I want to thank you for service and counseling. I especially want to thank Sally for going above and beyond to make my fiancé feel safe and comforted over the course of her court journey. Sally represented my fiancé on many different occasions and each time her personal touches truly meant the world to us. Thanks to Sally our dreams are coming true. We can be a family. As this year comes to an end, I’m receiving the best birthday and Christmas gift ever…My family being able to relocate with me. On behalf of my fiancé and our children, thank you. Our lives will forever be changed for the better. We highly recommend Sally and Hopkins Law to everyone.
Best wishes,


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