How our service works

We may be able to give you free legal help if:

  • You need a barrister to help you with your case.
  • Your case is based in England & Wales.
  • Your hearing or deadline is at least three weeks after you submit a completed application. In exceptional circumstances, we may be able to help with a case that has a hearing or deadline within three weeks if you are at imminent risk of:
    • Being imprisoned.
    • Losing contact with your children.
    • Losing your home.
    • Being deported.
    • You have been referred by Citizens Advice, your local MP, your local Law Centre or an advice agency.

Please check our eligibility page before taking the application form to a referral agency for completion.

The Advocate Process

1. Applying to Advocate

Once you have been introduced to us through a referral agency, you will need to fill in an application form. This form will need to be signed by your referral agency and must include all the relevant documents. You can then post this to our office.

  • Information about the documents you will need to include can be found on the application form.
  • Click here for a list of the documents you will need to include according to the area of law you need help with.


2. Reviewing your case

Once we have received your application form, we will begin to get to grips with understanding your case. We might need to contact you directly and collect more documents. When ready, your case will be looked at by one of our reviewing barristers, who will decide what assistance we can offer, if any.

  • Cases are accepted on a step-by-step basis. This means that we can only agree to help you find assistance with one piece of work at a time.
  • Please note that assistance is not yet guaranteed at this stage.


3. Allocating a barrister

If your case is accepted by Advocate, we will attempt to match you with a barrister who can provide you with legal advice, representation in court or mediation assistance.

  • Please note that assistance is not guaranteed at this stage because it is not always possible to find an available barrister.
  • If we find a barrister who can take on your case, you will be contacted by a member of Advocate you will put you in touch and you can now take your case forward directly with them