Civil/family legal aid
Your legal aid lawyer
Can I choose the lawyer who will represent me?
Yes. It’s up to you to find a lawyer to represent you for a civil or family case. You can choose a lawyer based on your own knowledge or experience or on other people’s recommendations, or you may be able to get a list of lawyers from your local Community Law Centre, Citizens Advice Bureau or the Law Society.
Note: You should ask the lawyer you approach whether they do legal aid work for your specific type of legal problem.
What can I do if I’m unhappy with my civil/family legal aid lawyer?
If the applicant is unhappy with the lawyer they have been assigned, they should first discuss their concerns with the lawyer. If the problem isn’t resolved, the applicant should contact the Legal Services Commissioner. In rare situations, where there is a good reason for doing so, the commissioner can agree to assign a new lawyer.