Legal Aid for Family Matters

We assess all of our family law clients for legal aid eligibility. If you’re not eligible, we’ll offer you a free 30 minute consultation, during which we will discuss your individual needs and outline the options available.

We have a dedicated team of legal aid solicitors, many of whom are Resolution-accredited family lawyers and members of the Law Society Family and Children’s Legal Panels. We’ll work with you to find practical solutions to a whole range of family issues, including:

We also encourage mediation and collaborative law wherever possible.

Am I eligible for legal aid?

The Legal Aid Agency has an eligibility calculator. Click here to view the Eligibility Calculator.

How it works

During your initial consultation we’ll check whether you’re eligible for legal aid. If you are, we’ll sign you up for the initial level of aid.

If you are not eligible, you’ll be entitled to a free 30 minute interview to discuss the various options available to you. We’ll also outline the various fixed fee packages we have available.

If more detailed advice is required and you’d like to continue past the 30 minutes, let your solicitor know and you may be able to carry on into a more detailed consultation. This time will be chargeable, but your solicitor will tell you how much this is likely to be and what other costs are involved.

If none of these options are appropriate, we will discuss with you the hourly rate to be charged for all work.

Paying for legal fees

We will always try to obtain a fair and just outcome for you and your family. Whilst we will support you through any court process, we will do our best to help you achieve an agreement before it gets to that stage.

To ensure we provide complete clarity about our legal costs, we have introduced a set of fixed fee packages.

Within our fixed fee information we clearly indicate what is and what isn’t included and, once we have discussed your case with you in detail, we can provide a clear guide as to the likely costs involved in your particular case.

If, for any reason, you do not wish to use the fixed fee packages then we will happily discuss our hourly rates with you.

To find out more about legal aid, call us on 0117 325 2929 or complete our online enquiry form.




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  • "The Family team combines expertise with a truly client-centred culture."
    Legal 500 UK
  • "Barcan+Kirby are one of the largest family law practices in Bristol and surrounding area. A very capable high street offering with a number of good quality and practical lawyers who are client focused and effective."
    Legal 500 UK
  • "The Family team combines expertise with a truly client-centred culture."
    Legal 500 UK
  • "Thank you for all your expert advice and calming words over what has been a difficult time."
    AnonFamily Matters Client
  • "Thanks for always responding quickly to my emails and calls – your team always made me feel at ease and you have made this process smooth and easier to deal with."
    SarahFamily Matters Client

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