Financing Your Case
- Free initial telephone consultation
- One hour diagnostic interviews from £75 plus VAT
- Hourly rates from £95 an hour plus VAT
- Conditional fee agreements
Mental Health and Community Care law is publicly funded by the Legal Services Commission. In order to qualify for free legal advice and assistance (‘legal aid’) your case needs to satisfy both a merits and a means test. The merits test requires that your case has some clear benefit to you or some other person.
The means test is more complicated. Both your income and your capital must be assessed. Your income will automatically qualify if you are in receipt of Income Support, income-based Jobseekers Allowance, income-based Employment and Support Allowance or Pension Guarantee Credit. Your income will also qualify if your disposable income does not exceed £733 per month. Your capital will qualify if your savings amount to less than £8000.
The exception to the above is if you are applying to the Mental Health Tribunal as a sectioned patient, in which case you automatically qualify for assistance, irrespective of your means.