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The Government under the Green Paper recently published proposes a radical overhaul of the provision of Legal Aid in England
The Bill before Parliament is currently at committee stage. If passed in its current form, this country will see a massive reduction in cases in which clients can be represented by Solicitors and Barristers such as contact and residence and financial provision on divorce
There may limited Legal Aid available for Solicitors in making referrals to mediation and dealing with any agreements drawn up in the mediation process.
The Government have indicated that Legal Aid will continue to be available where there has been domestic violence but it is unclear still precisely how that is to be defined. At the present time the strict criteria would limit representation to clients who have been the subject of recent domestic violence within the last 12 months and/or only where an injunction has been obtained.
As stated, the bill is currently in committee stage and receiving representations from a variety of sources including members of the public and anyone with an interest in this subject is being encouraged to write to their local MP or direct to the Parliamentary committee itself (see address on Parliamentary website).
We at Terry Jones Solicitors are committed to providing a comprehensive legal service to clients, whatever their means or circumstances and are fighting where we can to ensure that there is justice for all.
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