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  • 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.

    Write to the Lord Chancellor about early advice

    It takes just two minutes to write to the Lord Chancellor to urge him to reintroduce legal aid for early advice using our online submission form.

    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 here (PDF 418kb).

    Drop-in event in parliament

    Iain Duncan Smith Iain Duncan Smith
    Richard Burgon Richard Burgon

    On 27 February 2018, we held a drop-in event in parliament to update MPs about our campaign. The campaign was well received and over 20 MPs took part in a photo opportunity to show their support for the campaign.

    View the photos from the event on our Flickr page.

    Share the campaign poster

    Show your support and share a photo on Twitter holding our campaign sign. Don't forget to use the #earlyadvice hashtag.

    early advice campaign poster

    Download your early advice campaign poster here to share on Twitter.

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