Additional Legal Resources

Legal Support by Topic

“At Law-Answers, our moto is “Access-to-Law-for-All”. This vital objective is hardwired into what we do and the information and help that we offer.

There are a large number of organisations in the UK from which legal help and advocacy can be obtained on a wide range of issues. These include Pro Bono or free advice.

We have listed here a range of advice sources by topic to help with access to the appropriate services. We are grateful to Law Works for its help in researching these key resources.

You might like to check out a solicitors firm that you have come across or are thinking of using. A quick and easy way to do this is the ReviewSolicitors’ website, which lists and helps find law firms by location and also has a ranking system:

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Crime

Victim SupportIf you’ve been a victim of any crime or have been affected by a crime committed against someone you know, Victim Support can help you deal with what you’ve been through. Helpline: 0808 1689 111

Debt and Finance

Debt Advice FoundationThe Debt Advice Foundation can give you free confidential advice about your debt problems over the phone. Telephone: 0800 043 40 50.

The Money Advice ServiceThe Money Advice Service runs a Money Advice Line on 0300 500 5000 (English) or 0300 500 5555 (Welsh) 0300 500 5000

National Debt LineNational Debtline can give you advice and information about debt problems. Telephone: 0808 808 4000

StepChange Debt CharityStep Change can give you free, confidential advice about debt problems. Telephone: 0800 138 1111

TaxAidProvides assistance to those on a low income whose problems cannot be resolved with HMRC. Telephone: 0345 120 3779

Health and Disability

Disability Law ServiceDisability Law Service provides information, advice and assistance to those with disabilities and their carers. Free Legal Advice Line: 0207 791 9800

MindThe Charity Mind provides legal information and general advice on mental health related law covering mental health, mental capacity, community care, human rights and discrimination and equality related to mental health issues

ScopeScope provides information and support for disabled people. Disability Information and Advice Line (DIAL) services are run for and by disabled people. Free helpline: 0808 800 3333

Domestic Violence

National Centre for Domestic ViolenceThe National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation. 0800 970 2070 / 0844 8044 999 / text ‘NCDV’ to 60777

Rape CrisisFind your nearest specialist Rape Crisis organisation near you services using the search facility on their website. Rape Crisis helpline: 0808 802 9999

Rights of WomenFamily law helpline 020 7251 6577 and criminal law helpline – 020 7521 8887

Refuge and Women’s AidRefuge and Women’s Aid run a freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence. Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Survivors UKSurvivors Uk support men who have been sexually abused. Helpline: 0845 122 1201

Employment

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)ACAS provides information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems. 0300 123 110

Public concern at work:Public Concern is  whistleblowing charity which can provide advise to individuals with whistleblowing dilemmas at work. 0207 404 6609

Family

Both Parents MatterBoth Parents Matter runs monthly support meetings and with Law Works Cymru and support from local solicitors provides free legal clinics across Wales. Helpline: 08456 004446.

Central Family MediationCentral Family Mediation are accredited family mediators based in Central London offering a professional and child focused dispute resolution service. 0207 832 5846 / 0845 652 0127

GingerbreadGingerbread provides support and expert advice on a range of issues including dealing with a break-up, to going back to work and benefit or tax credit issues. Helpline: 0808 802 0925.

Rights of WomenRights of Women offers free, confidential legal advice for women in England and Wales on family law and criminal law (for example, about sexual offences including rape and sexual assault, domestic violence and harassment, reporting offences to the police and the criminal justice system, the rights of victims, witnesses and defendants and criminal injuries compensation).

Housing and Homelessness

ShelterThe homelessness charity Shelter runs a housing helpline, has a network of housing aid centres and works with local citizens advice bureaux. Free housing advice helpline : 0808 800 4444

Shelter CymruShelter Cymru can advise on urgent housing problems if you live in Wales. It also runs advice surgeries across Wales. Telephone: 0345 075 5005.

Immigration and Asylum

Asylum Advice UKAsylum Help provides confidential and impartial advice and guidance to adult asylum seekers and their dependants throughout the UK. Helpline: 0808 8000 630

The Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA)ILPA has a directory of their members on their website. You can search this to find an immigration adviser near you.

Joint Council for the Welfare of ImmigrantsThe Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants represents clients at all stages of the legal process from entry clearance applications through to appeals and judicial review.

The Migrants Resource CentreThe Migrant Resource Centre offers an advice service for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

We are grateful to Law Works for its help in researching these key resources.

See information and help with Pro Bono help and advice.

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