Legal Aid and Reduced Rates

Creighton & Partners have a public funding contract so we are able to offer public funding to eligible individuals in relation to private or public family law.

On 1 April 2013 the rules regarding individuals’ eligibility for Legal Aid changed. As a result many individuals who would have been entitled to Legal Aid no longer qualify. Legal Aid is still available for victims of domestic abuse, or where there is a risk of child abuse (provided that the required evidence is obtained and subject to financial eligibility). It is also available for eligible individuals who are attending mediation and require legal advice during mediation or to draft a consent order following an agreement reached in mediation.

Legal Aid continues to be available for many areas of work, including for victims of domestic violence or where there is a risk of child abuse, public law children proceedings, international child abduction, mediation. Please note that whilst we can advise eligible individuals who are in the process of attending mediation, we do not offer mediation under Legal Aid.

To check if you qualify for Legal Aid please visit the eligibility calculator here. There is also further information regarding Legal Aid developments in the News section of our website which you can find here.

Reduced rates for individuals in receipt of benefits

We understand the difficulties some individuals on lower incomes will face following the government’s changes to legal aid from 1 April 2012.

We are committed to making legal advice as accessible as possible to all individuals and therefore may be able to offer reduced rates to individuals in receipt of the following benefits who are not eligible for legal aid:

  • Income support
  • Jobseekers allowance
  • Employment support allowance
  • Pension guarantee credit

Please contact us to hear more about our reduced rates and where they are applicable.

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