Free Legal Advice and Services

We believe that access to justice and to legal advice should be available to all

At Burnett Barker Solicitors, we have adapted our services to help clients access low-cost initial legal advice at a fixed fee. We offer initial consultations in some areas of law as well as special fee arrangements. Please see below for more details.

We also appreciate, however, that not everyone can afford to pay for legal help. This sometimes gives an unfair advantage to those who can pay over those who cannot. We believe that access to justice and to legal advice should be available to all.

That's why we participate in several schemes providing free (or “pro bono”) legal services. This includes providing pro bono advice to the voluntary sector as a member of Law Works and supporting Anglia Ruskin University Law Clinic students in advising clients on family law matters.

Below, we also detail some other local and national organisations that may be able to help you.

 

We are proud of our pro bono work and how we have structured our services to accomodate those who might otherwise struggle to obtain legal advice.

 

Our Services

Wills & Lasting Power of Attorney

We offer an initial free consultation on Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs).

Fixed Fee Consultations

We offer a one-hour fixed-fee initial consultation on a wide range of legal issues. This is to help you find out where you stand and what your options are.

No-Win No-Fee

We offer a limited number of so-called “No-Win No-Fee” arrangements for personal injury claims. These are special regulated fee agreements, where if you lose your case you do not pay our fees.

Divorce & Family Settlements

We offer financial arrangements to some clients to help with divorce and financial settlements. This allows you to finance the cost of your divorce legal fees and disbursements for up to 36 months, or until your case is completed (if sooner).

Insurance and Legal Aid

Some people have legal expenses insurance as part of their car or home insurance policy. Some businesses also have legal expenses insurance as part of their business insurance package. If you're not sure, read your policy documents or speak to your insurer or broker to find out.

You are usually able to instruct a solicitor of your choosing under a legal expenses policy (despite what your insurer may try to tell you).

If you are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay, you may be able to obtain legal advice from the organisations or advice networks listed below.

For individuals

West Suffolk Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice provide free, confidential and impartial advice on a range of issues including money, benefit, housing or employment problems.

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Suffolk Law Centre

Suffolk Law Centre provides free legal advice on issues relating to housing, employment, immigration, EUSS, family, personal injury and discrimination.

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Anglia Ruskin University Law Clinic

Anglia Ruskin University Law Clinic offers free independent and confidential legal advice to people with family and employment law matters.

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Advocate

Advocate is the Bar’s national charity and matches members of the public who need free legal help with barristers who donate their time and expertise for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.

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For voluntary and community groups

Suffolk ProHelp

Suffolk ProHelp is a county-wide network of businesses who provide professional and strategic support free of charge.

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Law Works

Law Works, of which Burnett Barker Solicitors is a member of, brokers free legal advice to small not-for-profit organisations on a wide range of legal issues, to support the continuation of services.

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For small businesses

The intellectual property pro bono initiative, IP Pro Bono, provides intellectual property advice and legal support for claimants and defendants in intellectual property disputes.