Additional Legal Resources
“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:
Victim Support: If 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 Advice Foundation: The Debt Advice Foundation can give you free confidential advice about your debt problems over the phone. Telephone: 0800 043 40 50.
The Money Advice Service: The Money Advice Service runs a Money Advice Line on 0300 500 5000 (English) or 0300 500 5555 (Welsh) 0300 500 5000
National Debt Line: National Debtline can give you advice and information about debt problems. Telephone: 0808 808 4000
StepChange Debt Charity: Step Change can give you free, confidential advice about debt problems. Telephone: 0800 138 1111
TaxAid: Provides assistance to those on a low income whose problems cannot be resolved with HMRC. Telephone: 0345 120 3779
Disability Law Service: Disability Law Service provides information, advice and assistance to those with disabilities and their carers. Free Legal Advice Line: 0207 791 9800
Mind: The 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
Scope: Scope 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
National Centre for Domestic Violence: The 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 Crisis: Find your nearest specialist Rape Crisis organisation near you services using the search facility on their website. Rape Crisis helpline: 0808 802 9999
Rights of Women: Family law helpline 020 7251 6577 and criminal law helpline – 020 7521 8887
Refuge and Women’s Aid: Refuge and Women’s Aid run a freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence. Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Survivors UK: Survivors Uk support men who have been sexually abused. Helpline: 0845 122 1201
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
Both Parents Matter: Both 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 Mediation: Central 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
Gingerbread: Gingerbread 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 Women: Rights 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).
Shelter: The 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 Cymru: Shelter Cymru can advise on urgent housing problems if you live in Wales. It also runs advice surgeries across Wales. Telephone: 0345 075 5005.
Asylum Advice UK: Asylum 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 Immigrants: The 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 Centre: The 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.