Examine The Ways in Which a Person Wishing to Pursue a Claim in Civil Law May Obtain and Finance Legal advice and Representation

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Examine The Ways in Which a Person Wishing to Pursue a Claim in Civil Law May Obtain and Finance Legal advice and Representation

        Within the civil courts there are several ways by which people can obtain free legal advice.  These include solicitors who may offer free legal advice, however, the time period may be restricted to half an hour or so, and this is usually done to attract customers.  Some solicitors may charge a small fee, or not offer this service at all.

Law centres offer legal advice to people in great need, i.e. their income is low, etc…  Law centres deal mainly with claims related to welfare, discrimination, housing and employment matters, and are usually very accessible and offer suitable opening hours where possible.  Citizens’ Advice Bureaux are available throughout the country and offer a substantional amount of free legal advice to everyone.  This service is very useful for free legal advice as Citizens’ Advice Bureaux’s are placed within many very accessible areas around the country.

If any person is a member of a trade union or motoring organisation etc… they can usually get free legal advice.  This service is good, as it will tend to be specialised towards certain areas of law that affects the person, e.g. if you have a car crash, motoring organisations will offer the best legal advice as it is what they are specialised in.

Some universities run Law Clinics that offer free legal advice.  The only problem is the standard of the advice, as it may not be as high as advice given from other sources as students sometimes run them.  Other sources of advice include the Internet, which is now more advanced than ever offering many sources of information and advice for anyone.  There are many textbooks available, which offer advice, although these, if old, are sometimes inaccurate and so do not offer the best advice.  Any law student or teacher will also offer advice and guidance.

It is however harder to find free representation, and can be expensive.  It is usually financed by using one of these methods.

Free representation within cases is very rare with the “free representation unit” offering representation within tribunals by law students and young barristers.  The Bar “Pro Bono Unit” provides free legal representation to people who are unable to afford but not eligible for legal aid, and this work is normally done by QC’s and very experienced barristers and solicitor advocates.  Free representation is so rare as the boundaries of the amount of capitol and income are set extremely low so very few people qualify, even many students earn more per week than the low boundaries are set.

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If a person has substantional wealth, they may be able to pay for legal advice and representation themselves, although the costs can be very high, e.g. Springsteen v Masquerade Music 1998, a great dispute about copyright of a few songs, costs rose to almost £500,000 on the claimants side alone.  This shows that cases can reach great amounts of money, and so it is not often seen that people will privately fund their representation out of their own pockets alone.

The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 has allowed, since 1995 Conditional Fee Agreements, that can now be used within ...

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