Legal advice and information

Child and Family Law Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS)

CAFCASS is a public body set up to look after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. Works with the children and families and then advises the courts on the child's best interests. The website has information for adults, children and for young people.

Website: www.cafcass.gov.uk


Child Law Advice Line

Part of Coram Family group, the Children's Legal Centre is concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people. Many years of experience in providing legal advice and representation for children, their carers and professionals.

Website: www.childrenslegalcentre.com 


Community Legal Advice Line

Provides free over the phone legal advice information on debt, housing, employment, education and welfare benefits for people eligible for legal aid. Can put you in touch with local, legal advisers and solicitors; help with working out if you qualify for legal aid and give free advice if you qualify for legal aid.

Website: https://www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice (which is the relevant page on www.direct.gov.uk website).

You can check if you are eligible for legal aid. If you are, you will find the helpline numbers. There is a free translation service and you can book a BSL interpreter.


Law Centres Network

The voice of local law centres which provide free independent advice and representation to disadvantaged people who live or work in their catchment area.

The LCN does not employ lawyers and is unable to give advice directly to the public but the site will help you find a law centre nearest to you.

Website: www.lawcentres.org.uk


Law Society

The regulatory and representative body for solicitors throughout England and Wales. Helps the public find solicitors. Provides advice on complaints. Cannot itself provide legal advice.

Website: www.lawsociety.org.uk


Legal Services Commission

Responsible for the Community Legal Service (CLS) and Criminal Defence Service legal advice schemes. See entry above for Community Legal Service.

Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/legal-aid-agency 


Resolution

Organisation of solicitors committed to promoting a non-confrontational atmosphere in which family law matters are dealt with in a sensitive, constructive and cost-effective way. You can find a member in your area on their website.

Website: www.resolution.org.uk

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