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