This section provides information to people living with mental illness, their carers, friends and family about accessing legal help. It describes how solicitors can be found and also how funding for legal representation works. It also explains how changes made to legal aid may affect people seeking representation.
- All practising solicitors must be registered with the Law Society, and this is a good resource to locate an appropriate solicitor.
- Some solicitors may have a specific accreditation, which shows that they have expertise in a particular area.
- Solicitors are usually instructed by clients to handle a case. They may then instruct barristers to present a case in court, or to give a specialist legal opinion.
- You may not have to pay for a solicitor if you are eligible for legal aid however the scope of legal aid is being reduced.
- Other funding options include Conditional Fee Agreement (‘no win no fee’), after the event insurance and legal expenses insurance.
- Legal advice must be provided free of charge if you are arrested and held at a police station, and if you are appealing against detention under the Mental Health Act.
- The Legal Ombudsman has powers to resolve complaints about solicitors (as long as you have already made a complaint to the solicitor in question).
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