Legal advice

Sometimes professional legal advice is necessary.  Whether it's to help with writing your will, buying a home, a court or compensation claim or divorce there are specialists to help you.

You may be eligible for help with legal costs if your income is low. 

See the organisations below.

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Organisation    Telephone/email     Website   Notes
The Law Society of England and Wales

020 7320 5650

Email -

Getting expert help

Find a solicitor

Helpline - Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Solicitor's Regulation Authority - England & Wales

0870 606 2555 

Monday to Friday 8am-6pm (ex Tues) Tuesday 9.30am-6pm 

Problems with solicitors

Independent regulatory authority for solicitors in England and Wales.To help protect you if you use services provided by a solicitor or any organisation it regulates.

The Law Society of Scotland 0131 226 7411
For the public 

Find a solicitor 

Making a complaint

Office hours Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Scottish Legal Aid Board 0845 122 8686

Information for the public

For people who may need legal aid, and others who may be affected by legal aid, such as opponents in civil cases.

The Law Society of Northern Ireland 028 9023 1614

Find a solicitor

Making a complaint

Resolution - Family law

01689 820272

Email -


Collaborative family law

Find a collaborative lawyer

Each person appoints their own collaboratively trained lawyer and you and your respective lawyers all meet together to work things out face to face.

Army Legal Assistance    

Based in Germany

Mil Tel: 94881 9191 or 3196
Civ Tel: 0049 (0)521 9254 3191 or 3196

Army Legal Assistance

Free legal advice for British Army personnel serving overseas, their dependants and UK based civilians.They can only help while you're posted overseas.

The Royal British Legion - Independent Inquest Advice

0808 802 8080 - 8am-8pm, 7 days a week

Free from UK landlines and main mobile networks.

From overseas call +44 (0)20 3376 8080 (full rate)

Online contact form

Independent Inquest Advice Service

Free independent and expert legal advice for the families of those who've died in Service - including Reservists on active Service who have died in Service and face inquest proceedings in the Coroners Court.

The Royal British Legion - War pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme   

0808 802 8080 - 8am-8pm, 7 days a week

Free from UK landlines and main mobile networks.

From overseas call +44 (0)20 3376 8080 (full rate)

Online contact form

Injury or illness due to Service Can help with claims if you have been injured as a result of your Service or you are the widow, widower, partner or dependent of anyone killed as a result of Service or died as a result of injury caused by Service.
The Royal British Legion's solicitors referral panel via Hilary Meredith Solicitors Limited

0800 124 4444

Hilary Meredith Solicitors Limited

They deal with civil actions arising out of military accidents, and initial help with Armed Forces Compensation Scheme claims. They can also advise on setting up a trust to protect large awards.

Citizens Advice England - 08444 111 444
Wales - 08444 77 20 20
Northern Ireland - 08452 666 696
Scotland - 0808 800 1007

Help with legal costs

Armed Services Advice Project  (Scotland)

Information about legal help, legal aid and other sources of assistance.         online information  Legal aid Legal aid can help you pay for legal advice, mediation or representation in court if you can’t afford it.

Last reviewed: 19/05/2015