Legal Aid Cuts: A Solicitor’s View

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It is well known through the legal profession that on the 1st April 2013 that legal aid funding for divorce, financial remedy and proceedings relating to children with no element of domestic abuse will no longer be available.

The most senior judge in the country and the president of the UK Supreme Court Lord Neuberger has told BBC News today that in light of legal aid cuts “people may feel they can no longer access justice and – may take the law into their own hands”.Legal Aid funding will still be available in cases where domestic abuse is a factor or where children’s services (social services) are involved with the family.

People will unfortunately have to pay privately for advice, find charitable help or represent themselves in trying to solve their disputes.

If people choose to represent themselves it is understood that this will mean an increase in the length of the court hearings and additional burdens on court staff and judges.  The proposals are intended to cut the legal aid bill by £350m a year by 2015.

At Forbes, clients are offered a choice of what level of service they are able to afford.  This ranges from a tailored service where clients are given an estimate and pay an hourly charging rate.  The alternative being fixed fee, catering for divorce, children act proceedings and undefended financial remedy matters.

If you have a query about any family law problem, please call the family Solicitors at Forbes on Freephone 0800 037 4628 or contact us by email today.

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Gill Carr

About Gill Carr

Gill Carr is an Associate Solicitor within the Family department at Forbes Solicitors. Gill’s blogs cover his specialisms of child protection, acting for both parents and children together with family members. Gill also advises and comments upon forced marriage, divorce, separation, child arrangements and financial matters. Gill writes about current legislation and case law relating to family law.
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