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 gov.uk 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. Whilst we continue to offer legal aid, these changes are more restrictive as to who may be entitled to public funding and many individuals who used to be entitled to legal aid in private family cases will no longer be eligible. Please click here to check your eligibility. We continue to offer legal aid for eligible individuals in private law proceedings, child care cases to eligible individuals.
We are committed to making legal advice as accessible as possible to all individuals and therefore 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
We offer fixed fee packages for certain areas of work:
||Fee (plus VAT and disbursements)
|Hourly rate where no fixed fee agreed
|Initial consultation and letter confirming advice
|Uncontested Divorce (petitioner)- includes initial meeting, drafting documents
|Uncontested Divorce (respondent)- includes initial meeting, drafting documents
|Drafting Form E, includes initial meeting
|Drafting Children Act application- includes initial meeting
|Drafting non-molestation order application and statement- includes initial meeting
If your case requires further work in addition to that included in the fixed fee, such as further meetings or correspondence then additional fees may apply at the fee earner’s hourly rate.