Costs of instructing a lawyer
Detailed information about the costs of instructing a lawyer is provided by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. including what information firms should give you, different types of fee agreements, legal insurance, disbursements, legal aid and sources of pro bono / free legal help.
Citizens Advice provide information on finding free or affordable legal help.
The Legal Aid Agency provide civil and criminal legal aid and advice in England and Wales. Each year they help more than 2 million people to deal with their legal problems. The LAA is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. They have a team of around 1,450 staff and offices in towns and cities across England and Wales with the head office in London. They are responsible for making sure legal aid services from solicitors, barristers and the not-for-profit sector are available to the general public.
Information on legal aid in Scotland is provided by the Scottish Legal Aid Board.