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What is legal aid?

Legal Aid is designed to help eligible people meet the costs of legal advice and representation in court or tribunal proceedings. Public funding (legal aid) is always available for public law care proceedings. This is when social services have provided you with a Letter Before Action or has informed you they are issuing court proceedings in relation to your child.

At Brighton & Hove Law, we specialise in work of this nature. If social services have asked you to come to a “Meeting Before Action” or to court, we can arrange expert representation for you.

Do I qualify for legal aid?

In other family cases, legal aid will only be available under certain specific circumstances:

  • Injunctions / Non – molestation Orders
  • Applications under the Forced Marriages Act
  • Mediation (subject to financial eligibility and assessment by a mediator)

Unless there has been domestic and/or child abuse, legal aid is now no longer available for divorce, parental access to children or child arrangements, and financial applications between married couples, civil partners or cohabitees.

Subject to eligibility, you may still get funding for a divorce conducted through mediation. We do not undertake publicly funded mediation work and you will need to contact the Legal Aid Agency for details of such providers.

Domestic Abuse

Abuse must be documented and the requirements as to evidence of domestic abuse are strict. We recommend contacting us to discuss whether the circumstances of your case fulfil the eligibility requirements. You can assess your eligibility further here: Check if you can get legal aid – GOV.UK (

Some simplified examples of the type of evidence required are :

  • Your partner has an unspent conviction for domestic violence or child abuse
  • Your partner has a recent police caution for domestic violence or child abuse
  • There are current criminal proceedings against your partner for domestic violence or child abuse
  • There is a current or recent protective injunction / non molestation order against your partner
  • There is a confirmation from an assessment conference that you are at high risk of domestic violence or are subject to a protection plan
  • A health professional confirms that you have had injuries or a condition consistent with those of a victim of domestic violence
  • A social services department has assessed that there is a risk of domestic violence or child abuse from your partner
  • A social services department has put in place a child protection plan
  • A domestic violence support organisation confirms that you had been admitted to refuge accommodation
  • A letter from an organisation providing domestic abuse support services confirming you have been offered support as a victim of domestic abuse

For more information, have a look at the link below that details different forms of evidence:

Client Testimonials

Samantha Barker is extremely experienced and able. Samantha turns her hand to a wide range of children work, particularly care work achieving outstanding outcomes for a variety of clients who often present as extremely vulnerable. The team at Brighton and Hove Law have a wide breadth of practice which is second to none.

Kristina Hopper, Barrister

Thank you very much, I know I keep saying this but you have been absolutely fantastic with all your help, advice, support and energy. Thank you very much Michelle.

Mr S

I have had the pleasure of working with Sarah on some very complex and difficult cases over the years.  She never loses sight of the client’s objectives but makes sure they receive realistic and sensible advice. Her case preparation is excellent and she is always willing to go the extra mile when necessary. When I receive a brief from Sarah I know that the case will be conducted effectively and efficiently. She is a consummate professional and a delight to work with.

Amanda Clarke, Barrister

You all helped me through a really tough and stressful situation.  Thank you so much.

Mr M 

Dear Michelle,

I just wanted to say a big thank you for your kindness, patience and strength you showed us. We got through this due to some very special people and you were one of them. We could not have achieved this resolution without your guidance and care.

Ms M

Thank you for all the hard work, time and effort your put into this case to help me and my son. You have been fantastic through and always supported and advised when it was needed.

Ms B

It is always a pleasure to be instructed by Brighton and Hove Law. Their team are extremely dedicated, hard working, knowledgeable and professional. They are on top of their game; clients consistently receive gold standard care and advice and counsel have well prepared briefs.

Sarah Taite, Barrister

Lucy provided services as my solicitor long-distance. I was residing in the US while my case was ongoing in the UK court. I had the pleasure of meeting her face-to-face for an initial consultation before my return to the US and she was very professional in all correspondence until matters came to a conclusion.

She was always very happy to answer questions thoroughly and schedule long-distance phone calls when I requested them. She has a very kind and professional nature. Needless to say, she made what could have been an exhausting process extremely painless. I highly recommend her.

Ms S 

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