November 01, 2017
In April 2013, the Government introduced the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act commonly known as LASPO.
Whilst the Act continues to have far reaching consequences for the legal industry, it is the effect on the users of legal services who have, arguably, felt the full force of its impact.
The devastating effect on Family Law, with the removal of legal aid for most areas of family issues such as divorce and children and financial arrangements, has perhaps hit the hardest.
Figures from Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) showed that between April 2014 and March 2015 there was a 27% drop in new private law cases from the previous year.
So is the removal of legal aid the reason for the fall in family law cases?
Family lawyers have warned that firms have closed due to the abolition of legal aid leaving separating couples with restricted access to legal advice.
Indeed, the chairman of the Law Society Family Law committee has commented, ‘The cutbacks in legal aid meant a lot of firms are now disappearing. If someone has a family law problem, there are no lawyers in the local community anymore.’
Despite this, help is still hand at hand on a local level.
Here at Pudsey Legal, we believe that legal services are a resource everyone should be able to access. We understand family problems can be an incredibly stressful time in life and are available to help and guide you through the maze of the family law process.
We can offer fixed prices on many of our services and our family Law solicitor, Helen Starmer, is accredited by the Law Society under their Family Faw scheme.
Helen is also a member of Resolution, a national organisation of family lawyers committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes by promoting a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Members encourage solutions which consider the needs of the whole family - and in particular the best interests of children.
So don’t think you have to go it alone, call us to arrange an appointment.