Legal Aid

Advocacy 3

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

Judge's Gavel

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.

How Can We Help You?

We also offer consultations in Welsh and French.

Applying for various court orders can be extremely stressful for any individual, especially for me, regarding my difficult personal circumstances at the time. However, when appointing Sally, ALL the stress and worry were immediately taken away. I was able to relax & have faith in her for the entirety of the court application process. Forever grateful for getting the job done so quickly & efficiently.

– S

Sally Testimonial

I just wanted to say a very special thank you to you. You have been so amazing and helpful the past 18 months getting me through such a hard time. I remember coming to you in January 2020, being an absolute state and you have been nothing but kind to me. 
I wish you all the best and thank you. You’ll never know how your kindness helped. 

Family Testimonial

Just a quick message to thank you and the team for your help and guidance! You were all fantastic!!

S F Testimonial

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

To Find Out If You Qualify For Legal Aid