Legal aid is the name given to a scheme introduced over 70 years ago to help fund the legal costs of those otherwise unable to afford it themselves.
The legal system had evolved since then and is now much more complicated that this.
In recent years the availability of Legal Aid has been reduced by successive governments to the point whereby it is really only available to those accused of a criminal offence and in very exceptional family law cases, usually involving child care proceedings.
Where legal aid is available for a particular case, it may be restricted to some specific element of the case or it may be available to cover all of the costs. Similarly, depending upon ones financial circumstances the legal aid granted may be subject to a contribution form the beneficiary and/or it may be repayable at the end of the case.
Our solicitors can advise whether you are likely to benefit from legal aid and we can assist in any application process.