Effective from 1st April 2013, the Legal Aid Reforms remove access to financial assistance for those who would have previously qualified for public funding (formerly known as Legal Aid). Only two areas of family law will still be eligible, namely domestic violence and care cases.
“These changes are going to be monumental and will affect a lot of people” said Peter Flint, senior partner and head of the family department at law firm Lanyon Bowdler.
“We are very conscious that legal fees can be onerous, and are taking steps to introduce flexible pricing options. We have a vested interest in our local communities and want to be able to offer sensible choices for our clients.”
With these changes on the horizon, anyone considering seeking legal advice in relation to a family matter, and who believe they may be eligible for public funding, would be wise to contact a solicitor now before the changes come into effect.
Lanyon Bowdler is one of Shropshire’s largest law firms. With 16 partners and in the region of 200 experienced staff, the firm is able to offer legal advice throughout Shropshire.
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