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Legal Aid Agency faces High Court Challenge over eligibility requirements

You may have heard or seen media reports that the Legal Aid Agency is currently facing a High Court challenge over its decision not to provide legal aid to a woman seeking to sort out arrangements for her children, and to contest an application by her ex-partner to sell their home.

Introduced in 2012, LASPO (the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act) rendered large cuts to legal aid in England and Wales.

Legal Aid is available for family law matters, but it is normally necessary to prove that you have been the victim of domestic violence, or that your children have been victims of harm perpetrated by the opponent in your case. It is also subject to the Legal Aid Agency’s means test for your income and capital. The rules are complex, and it is advisable to seek specialist legal advice. 

Our specialist Family Law team at Cartwright King are happy to discuss whether you may be eligible for legal aid, and we have a contract with the Legal Aid Agency to carry out legally-aided family law work on your behalf. If Legal Aid is not available, our Family Law team will discuss alternative funding options with you.

Cartwright King has lawyers in many areas of law, and the information we are sharing has been written by family lawyer Simeon Bowen-Fanstone.

For specialist advice in any of our areas of law, please email your enquiry to us below, or call us on 0808 168 5550.

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