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Legal Aid

Legal Aid is still available for family mediation in ALL cases in provided there is a la significant legal dispute and for eligible clients who go on to participate in mediation they are then able to access free advice from a solicitor under a scheme called Help With Mediation. In cases where one party establishes their eligibility for legal aid, the Legal Aid Agency will also pay for the other party to attend an assessment meeting (MIAM) and also for their first starter mediation meeting.

We appreciate that knowing whether you qualify for legal aid is important. In order to receive Legal Aid in mediation you must be financially eligible and you must provide the documentary evidence to confirm this. Without this evidence we are unable to provide the Assessment Meeting free of charge.

Legal Aid assessments look at income and capital and we have to apply the rules set down by Government and the Legal Aid Agency.  The Legal Aid Checker on the Direct Gov website will help you work out if you qualify:

https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid

To access this checker - click the Start button then select Family and then Family Mediation.  You will then need to select Yes you have already started mediation (even if you have not) then click on the green Check if qualify financially button.

IN LIGHT OF THE DEVELOPING CORONAVIRUS SITUATION AND THE LATEST GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE, WE ARE CANCELLING OUR LEGAL AID DROP IN SESSIONS.  WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE PUBLICLY FUNDED MIAM MEETINGS AND MEDIATIONS ONLINE THROUGH ZOOM, SKYPE AND FACETIME ETC.

WE DO HAVE TO COMPLETE THE LEGAL AID ASSESSMENT, AND GET YOU TO SIGN THE LEGAL AID FORM (THIS CAN BE DONE ELECTRONICALLY) BEFORE THE MIAM CAN TAKE PLACE.  PLEASE E-MAIL US FOR FURTHER DETAILS.