Useful Resources

Bar Pro Bono Unit documents

Application form for individuals

Application form for organisations

Complaints procedure

Applicant Communication Policy

 

General

Advice Local – social welfare resource for London

Advising London – provide advice in different areas and can give advice in other languages.

Advice Now – provides procedural advice and other information such as benefits

Check if you are eligible for legal aid

Citizens Advice Bureau finder

Civil Legal Advice (if eligible for legal aid)

Free Representation Unit – provides representation in employment and social security hearings.

Law Centres Network

LawWorks Clinics – nationwide network of free legal advice sessions.

Legal Aid Agency – Civil enquiries-0300 200 2020 and Crime enquiries-01158 526 000.

Legal Choices - For  more information about whether you need a barrister or another type of lawyer such as a solicitor, visit the Legal Choices website.

Mary Ward Legal Centre – provide free legal advice to those based in London 020 7831 7079.

Personal Support Unit – support people going through court proceedings without legal representation.

Toynbee Hall – frontline advice agency based in East London.

English – Spanish Translation and Interpreting Services - services specialising in legal, business and medical sector, providing translation of documents or face to face interpretation. http://www.inotherwords.expert/

 

Guides

Alternatives to going to Court

Litigants in Person – Going to court or tribunal without a lawyer

Representing yourself in family court:

Representing yourself in the First Tier Tribunal in an Article 8 Deportation Appeal

Witnesses going to court in civil proceedings

 

Crime

Victim Support – 0808 1689 111

Independent Police Complaints Commission

NACRO – aim to reduce crime and reoffending, help with education, housing and others

Centre for Criminal Appeals - 020 7040 0019

 

Disabilities

Disability Law Service – 020 7791 9800

MIND – mental health charity - legal advice service 0300 466 6463

Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90

Sane – 0845 767 8000

 

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Helpline – 24 hour helpline dial 0808 2000 247

National Centre for Domestic Violence – 0800 970 2070 / 0844 8044 999 / text ‘NCDV’ to 60777 (help in obtaining emergency injunctions)

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

Survivors UK – help men who have been sexually abused 0845 122 1201

Rape Crisis – 0808 802 9999

 

Education

Coram Education Legal Practice – 0845 345 4345

Refugee Support Network’s ‘Access to Higher Education’ advice line – 07597583228 / 0800 331 7292

 

Employment

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) – 0300 123 1100

South West London Law Centres - provide a 30 minute free session, call 0208 767 2777

Public concern at work – whistleblowing charity, 0207 404 6609

 

Family

Central Family Mediation – 0207 832 5846 / 0845 652 0127

Coram Children’s Legal CentreChild Law Advice Service, Migrant Children’s Project Advice Line – 0207 636 8505

Gingerbread – 0808 802 0925

The Grandparents’ Association – 0845 434 9585

 

Finance and Debt

Financial Ombudsman Service – consumer helpline 0800 023 4567 / 0300 123 9123

HMRC Tax and Benefits Confidential Helpline – 0845 608 6000

Money Advice Service – 0300 500 5000

National Debt Line – 0808 808 4000

TaxAid – assist those on a low income whose problems cannot be resolved with HMRC - 0345 120 3779

Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K) – 020 8964 0961

 

Housing

Shelter – find advice locally

Leasehold Advisory Service – 0207 832 2500

 

Human Rights and Public Law

The AIRE Centre – promote awareness of European law rights and assist marginalised individuals and those in vulnerable circumstances to assert those rights.

Equality Advisory Support Service - 0800 444 205

Public Law Project – have produced various useful resources

 

Immigration and Asylum

Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants – 0207 553 7470        

Project 17 – for migrant families with no recourse to public funding on housing and financial issues 0796350944

Refugee Council – 0808 808 2255

Kalayaan – provides advice, advocacy and support in the UK for migrant domestic workers 0207 243 2942

Migrant Legal Support – specifically for Wales and the South West

Prisoners Abroad – cares for the welfare of British prisoners held in foreign prisons 0808 172 0098

 

Mediation

Civil Mediation Council

National Mediation Providers Association (NMPA) 

 

Professional Disciplinary

British Medical Association Doctors4Doctors - 01455 254189 (7 days a week, 24 hours) 

The Doctor Support Service – 0207 383 6707 – doctorsupportservice@bma.org.uk 

Action against Medical Accidents - a charity for patient's safety and justice, providing free confidential advice to people affected by medical accidents. - 0845 123 23 52 (Monday - Friday: 10am - 5pm) - www.avma.org.uk

 

Solicitors and Barristers

Solicitors Regulatory Authority – 0370 606 2555 / 0370 606 2577

The Law Society

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