Legal Representation

LEGAL AID

Arthurs Solicitors are contracted with the Legal Aid Agency, therefore if you are financially eligible for legal aid we may be able to provide you with public funding for your case. Such funding may be free of charge or you may be required to make either a monthly contribution or a one-off capital payment. 

INJUNCTIONS & FORCED MARRIAGES

If you are in an abusive relationship seeking an injunction for your protection and or the applicant in a forced marriage case, then it is likely that you will be eligible for Legal Aid. However, depending on your income and capital, such eligibility may be subject to a monthly contribution or you may be required to make one-off capital payment.  You will receive specialist advice on your eligibility for legal aid once you have made contact with us.

ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CHILDREN & RELATIONSHIP BREAKDOWN

You may be eligible for Legal Aid if you are an applicant seeking legal assistance for arrangements to be made in relation to your children; or an applicant seeking legal assistance for advice and representation in cases relating to the breakdown of your relationship.

Your eligibility for Legal Aid will be subject to satisfying certain criteria introduced by The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) set out below and will also be based upon your income and capital.

The criteria is detailed by the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012 amended by the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) (Amendment)(No.2) Regulations 2017

You will need to be an applicant in the proposed proceedings and have one of the forms of evidence detailed below in relation to your former partner (or the respondent). There is no longer a time limit upon the evidence that can be accepted. 

Domestic Abuse

•    Arrest for a relevant domestic violence offence

•    A relevant police caution for a domestic violence offence

•    Relevant ongoing criminal proceedings

•    A relevant conviction for a domestic violence offence

•    Bind overs connected with a domestic violence offence

•    Domestic Violence Protection Notice

•    Domestic Violence Protection Order

•    A relevant protective injunction: Non-molestation Order

•    Undertaking

•    Findings of fact

•    Expert report produced as evidence for court/tribunal

•    Letter or report from an appropriate health professional

•    An appropriate health professional referral to a domestic violence support service

•    Multi-agency risk assessment conference (or other local safeguarding forum)

•    Evidence from an independent domestic violence advisor/advocate

•    Evidence from an independent sexual violence advisor/advocate

•    Evidence from a person acting on behalf of local authority or housing association

•    Evidence from an organisation providing domestic violence support services

•    Evidence from an organisation providing domestic violence support services - refusal of admission to a refuge

•    Evidence from public authority where domestic abuse has been identified

•    Indefinite leave to remain in the UK under paragraph 289B of the Immigration Rules

•    Financial abuse.

Children Abuse

•    Arrest for a child abuse offence

•    Relevant police caution for a child abuse offence

•    Relevant ongoing criminal proceedings for a child abuse offence

•    Relevant conviction for a child abuse offence

•    Relevant protective injunction

•    Finding of fact

•    Social services letter

•    Social services letter - child protection plan

•    Application for a protective injunction together with an application for a prohibited steps order.

You will receive specialist advise on your eligibility for Legal Aid once you have made contact with us.