The Law Society is campaigning for legal aid to be re-introduced for early legal advice, particularly in family and housing law.
Everyone knows that if you catch a problem early, you're more likely to stop it getting worse. The same is true for legal problems - most of the time, these are easier, and cheaper, to address early on.
Unfortunately, most areas of free or subsidised early legal advice were stopped by the government in 2012. This has meant that people who can't afford to pay for early legal advice are now left to address their problems alone – meaning that simple problems can get worse, and can create other unnecessary costs for the taxpayer.
Research conducted for the Law Society by Ipsos MORI shows a clear statistical link between getting early legal advice and resolving a problem sooner.
Read the full research report (PDF 418kb)