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Legal Aid in the UK
Please note that legal aid is not available for nearly all compensation claim types as such priviledges were removed by the government some time ago. In it’s place solicitors themselves offer services such as “no win, no fee” arrangements whereby you do not have to pay any money upfront and should the solicitor lose the case you will not have to pay them a penny.
They have around 1,650 staff in 15 offices across England and Wales with their head office based in London working through the Community Legal Service and the Criminal Defence Service. They are a non-departmental public body and partnered with, but quite separate from, the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA). – http://www.legalservices.gov.uk
The Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission aim is to promote fair and equal access to justice in Northern Ireland in its provision of publicly funded legal services and to provide high quality, customer focused services that target those in greatest need and demonstrate value for money. They do this mainly by funding lawyers and other advice providers which help people who are eligible for legal aid to protect their rights in civil matters, as well as those people under investigation, or facing criminal charges. The Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission assumed responsibility on 1 November 2003 for the provision of publicly funded services in Northern Ireland. The Commission is an executive Non-Departmental Public Body that is sponsored by the Northern Ireland Court Service, (again) a part of the Department of Constitutional Affairs. – http://www.nilsc.org.uk