There appears to be a common perception within the public that legal aid is only available for criminal cases, and no longer available for anything else like welfare cases. It is true that the ‘Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act’ introduced in 2012 did remove free legal help for FTT (First-tier Tribunal) welfare benefit appeals, however that doesn’t mean that there aren’t exceptions. There is a fairly long list of exceptions and loopholes, and it would be daft to not take advantage of them. We offer legal aid for welfare benefits in Scotland for those who qualify, and we can offer advice to those who don’t.
Welfare benefit cases do have some restrictions when it comes to legal aid, but that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. You can still get full legal aid when it comes to certain circumstances. You can receive legal aid to assist in the preparation of Upper Tribunal cases prior to the hearing, and you can also receive funding in order to obtain advice on whether to submit an application for an appeal to the Upper Tribunal. Additionally, there are exceptional situations in which legal aid will be allowed in cases in which it is necessary for the claimants case to be presented effectively. We know it can be difficult to comprehend when or how your welfare case may be eligible for legal aid, but if you get in contact with us we will be able to offer you a straightforward answer.
We are highly experienced solicitors and know the welfare system in Scotland like the back of our hand. You can ask for advice from us with complete confidence that we can give you the best information available. All cases will be handled confidently and professionally, and you won’t have to worry about high fees for available legal aid.
To make an appointment to meet with one of our expert solicitors, or to ask for more information on the legal advice that we can offer, please feel free to fill out our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.