Legal advice for individuals

These organisations will help individuals with legal advice and representation.

This section includes:

London solicitors

This is a list of solicitor firms providing legal advice and representation on Community Care, Public Law, Education, Disability Discrimination (please this is not a definitive or comprehensive list and inclusion does not imply personal recommendation on the part of Inclusion London)

Bindmans LLP

Tel: +44 (0)20 7833 4433   Email:

Deighton Pierce Glynn

Tel: 020 7407 007    Email:

Disability Law Service

Tel:  0207 791 9800

Edwards Duthie

Tel: 020 8514 9000

Fisher Meredith LLP

Tel: 020 7091 2700

Howe and Co

Tel: 0800 157 7070

Irwin Mitchell (Public Law Dept)

Tel: 0370 1500 100

John Ford Solicitors

Tel: 020  8800 64 64

Leigh Day & Co

Tel: 020 7650 1200

Mackintosh Law

Tel: 020 7357 6464

Maxwell Gillott

Tel: 01524 596 080

Scott- Moncrieff & Associates (Public Law Unit)

Tel: 020 7485 5588

Other places to find help

Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB)

The website of the national advice agency, including search for your nearest CAB.

Website of the UK government, providing information and signposting.

Law Centres Network

The umbrella organisation that supports and promotes UK Law Centres. For a list of Law Centres, visit

Find Legal Advice

Find legal advisers or solicitors near you


Free legal advice and representation services

Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit)

Who are they?

A charity that helps to find pro bono (free) legal assistance from volunteer barristers for individuals and organisations who cannot afford to pay and who cannot obtain public funding (legal aid).

What do they do?

Advocate tries to match barristers prepared to undertake pro bono work with those who need their help. The organisation itself does not give advice and it is not always possible to find help since it relies solely on volunteers.

The volunteer barristers can provide advice, drafting and/or representation in any court/tribunal; give legal advice on any subject; and draft documents such as skeleton arguments.

How do you access the service?

  • Applications must be made on the form available on the website, along with supporting documents. The form is detailed so getting help from an advice agency is recommended.
  • Visit the website
  • Click here for more information if you are an individual needing help
  • Check here for frequently asked questions about the service


Disability Law Service

Who are they?

A national charity run by disabled people, which specialises in free legal advice and information for disabled people, their families and carers.

What do they do?

They provide free legal advice and representation (e.g. in complaints, using the Ombudsman, tribunals and courts), in the areas of community care and employment.

They run a free legal advice line on community care and employment.

They also have factsheets available to download on key areas of the law, such as community care; employment; goods and services; human rights and welfare benefits. The factsheets are available for download in different formats – regular, large print, text only and audio file.

How do you access the service?


Equality Advisory and Support Service

Who are they?

The EASS is funded by the Government Equality Office. It was set up to advise and assist individuals who think they may have experienced discrimination.

What do they do?

They provide information to help individuals understand how the equality act works, and how it may be relevant to individual situations. They also provide a number of resources including template letters on discrimination at work. They do not provide legal advice but support people to resolve their issue using alternative informal dispute resolution, as opposed to issuing a claim in the county court or the employment tribunal.

How do you access the service?


Free Representation Unit (FRU)

Who are they?

A charity that provides free legal representation for the public 
and advocacy experience for junior lawyers.

What do they do?

Provide legal advice, case preparation and advocacy in employment tribunals (and appeals from decisions of the employment tribunals); social security appeals in the first-tier tribunal (and appeals from such decisions); and criminal injury compensation cases.

How do you access the service?



Who are they?

A charity that works with law firms and legal professionals to involve them in delivering pro bono work.

What do they do?

Aim to provide free legal help to those who cannot afford to pay for it and who are unable to access legal aid.

Services to individuals include free Legal Advice Clinics, advice on funding legal costs, and self help resources on issues such as representing yourself, androutes to explore before going to court.

Who are they for?

Individuals and organisations

How do you access the service?


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