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Town Hall Chambers
St Runwald Street
Essex CO1 1DS

T 01206 576151
F 01206 761916

Brightlingsea Office

12 Victoria Place

T 01206 302694
F 01206 302961

Clacton-on-Sea Office

Jackson Chambers
Jackson Road
Essex CO15 1JA

T 01255 429735
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45 High Street
West Mersea
Essex CO15 1JA

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Legal Aid

We provide Legal Aid for clients in the areas of family law, criminal law and mental health.

There have been a number of changes to the Legal Aid criteria for family law which has meant that a large number of the population no longer have Legal Aid available to them.

Legal Aid in family matters continues to be available (subject to meeting the financial eligibility) for those who have been affected by domestic violence, as long as they are able to provide the appropriate documentation required by the Legal Aid Agency to meet the new criteria for domestic violence.

Legal Aid also continues to be available in family matters for all public law (subject to being financially eligible). However, there are some situations in public law family matters when there is no ceiling on being financially eligible as there is no means or merits test.

This is only available when the Local Authority have issued a Public Law Outline letter to a parent asking them to attend a meeting with their legal representative or alternatively when the Local Authority have issued care proceedings.

The fee earners at John Fowlers Solicitors, in all departments, are very experienced in dealing with legal aid matters and are always familiarising themselves with the various updates with regards to the changes with Legal Aid.

We are a firm that deals in all aspects of Legal Aid on behalf of a client and therefore you can benefit from a vast amount of experience from members of the team in all departments.


  • "Thank you for all your support this year. We have stumbled in the dark many times but you were the light for us that kept us going."

  • "Thank you for all your hard work and perseverance yet again."

  • "It has been really great to have you to call upon. You have been completely supportive both in person and on paper."

  • "Dear Sharon, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for representing me and for the outstanding work that you've done for me, especially in getting me off section"

  • "Thank you so much for all your help and advice. You have given us good advice and have been so proactive to sort all the problems out."

  • "Dear Kim, I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the tremendous, and very kind, support you have provided in seeing through this unexpectedly tricky sale to this point. We are in agreement that you really have gone above and beyond with your help and advice."