Legal Advice

Agencies providing advice, support and information

  • Action Against Medical Accidents:
    0845 123 23 52

    Telephone advice and support to anyone who has been the victim of a medical accident. Includes medical and legal advice on the available options for a complaint.

  • Association of Child Abuse Lawyers:
    020 8390 4701

    Practical support for survivors and professionals working in the field of abuse. Open 10am-1pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • BPP Free Legal Advice Family Law
    0330 0 603444
    Free legal advice relating to all aspects of Family Law and family disputes

  • Coram Children’s Legal Centre:
    Child Law Advice Line
    National education advice line providing information and advice and representation for low income families. Education legal advocacy unit for South East England provides advice and representation for children and/or parents involved in education disputes with a school or LEA.
    About the Child Law Advice Service
    The Child Law Advice Service is a digital first service. It offers access an up to date and developing resource library on all aspects of child, family and education law including bullying and family contact issues.  Specialist advice around complex areas of need e.g. around school exclusions and special educational needs is provided via a low cost advice line.

  • Children’s Law Centre - Northern Ireland:
    0808 808 5678

    Advice and telephone helpline for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on all aspects of law and policy affecting children and young people. 

  • Civil Legal advicee:
    0345 345 4345
    Information, help and advice for the general public o a range of common legal issues. Free initial advice from a qualified legal adviser on benefits and tax credits, debt, education, housing or employment. Further help available for those eligible for legal aid.  Also recorded messages give information on local advice services. Website offers information on sources of legal advice in England and Wales.

  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority:
    0300 003 3601

    Enquiry point for anyone seeking information about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. 

  • Equality Advisory Support Service
    0808 800 0082
    Text phone 0808 800 0084
    FREEPOST Equality Advisory Support Service FPN4431 -  Expert Information, advice and support on discrimination and human rights issues and the applicable law.

  • False Allegations Support Organisation
    0844 335 1992
    Open Mon to Fri 6pm to 10pm
    Practical advice and emotional support for anyone affected by a false allegation of abuse.

  • Howard League for Penal Reform:
    020 7249 7373

    Campaign and carry out research on the penal system. Projects include suicide in prison, mothers and babies in prison, drugs in prison, rights of children in the juvenile justice system. Legal representation for child prisoners. Advice line for inmates of YOIs, Secure training Centres and Secure Children’s Homes on Freephone 0808 801 0308 Tuesday and Wednesday 11am to 5pm , Thursday 11am to7pm.

  • LAC (Legal Advice Centre) SPITE project
    Run by Queen Mary University School of Law.
    020 7882 3931
    Offers free advice to victims who have had their intimate images shared or where there is a threat of images being shared. Also advice on property issues, landlord and tenant disputes, employment issues, consumer transactions, private contracts, cohabitation, civil partnerships, immigration, discrimination, homophobic attacks, general crime, LGBT hate crime, LGT Police complaints, LGBT CRB checks and offences, start up businesses, etc. Free service to any member of the public needing legal advice in these areas.
  • Liberty Advice Line:
    020 7403 3888

    Human rights legal advice for the general public. Online guide to human rights. Membership organization.

  • Rights of Women
    Rights of Women run Advice lines on Criminal and Family Law

  • Scottish Child Law Centre:
    0131 667 6333

    Telephone advice and information on all aspects of Scottish law as it relates to the rights of children and young people.
    Under 18's ring: 0800 328 8970

  • The Monitoring Group:
    020 7482 1395

    24 hour emergency helpline and other support for victims of racial harassment, police misconduct, domestic violence. Free legal advice available on Wednesday on a first come first served basis. Offices also in Devon and Nottingham. Based in Southall, Middx.

Useful websites

  • www.citizensadvice.org.uk - Find your local Citizen Advice Bureau office.

  • www.adviceguide.org.uk - Online Citizen Advice Bureau advice service which provides independent advice on your rights.

  • www.advicenow.org.uk - Information about law and your rights.

  • www.helpforvictims.co.uk
    Whether you have been affected by crime - or you know someone who has - this website could help. It provides information about how victims and witnesses should be treated within the Criminal Justice System and offers advice for those affected by crime. Information and answers are provided by experienced professionals in the victim support field and this website is completely anonymous.

  • www.lawsociety.org.uk

  • www.lawworks.org.uk
    Law Works is a Charity working in England and Wales to connect volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay and with the non profit organisations that support them.
  • www.legalservices.gov.uk - Provides information on the Legal Aid Scheme.

  • www.legaljunction.co.uk - Lists legal advice and solicitor websites on all aspects of the law.

  • http://www.mckenzie-friend.org.uk/
    If you cannot resolve your family dispute through Mediation it may be necessary to make an Application to the Family Court to have a situation resolved by the Court.

    Often you may find yourself being taken to Court by your ex-partner and may have little choice. It can be extremely expensive to engage a Solicitor to help you and Legal Aid is only available in special cases. If you elect to become a Litigant in Person you will need to be able to present your own case to the Court and this can be a daunting task both before, during and afterwards.

    A McKenzie Friend can best be described as anyone who accompanies you to Court to help you as a Litigant in Person - those who are unrepresented by a Solicitor or engage a Barrister. Your McKenzie Friend is able to sit with you in the Court and offer advice and support as well as taking notes to help you.

    There are some things that a McKenzie Friend cannot do on your behalf, such as conduct litigation, file Court documents and Statements etc. There is a Practice Direction issued by the Family Court which explains this in more detail.

    McKenzie Friends support Families and their Children to help resolve family conflict. They are experienced with many having successfully representing themselves in a Family Court as a Litigant in Person. Others are professionally trained - some are qualified as a paralegal and others with a Law degree or other professional qualification. (NB nominal charges may occur)

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