Many lawyers represent clients on a ‘no-win, no fee’ basis – lawyers call these arrangements ‘conditional fee agreements’. Alternatively, you might also want to check out the small print on your household or motor insurance to see if you’re covered by legal expenses insurance policies. Trade unions and other membership organizations such as the AA offer differing amounts of free legal advice. Over recent years, trade unions have been increasingly diversifying into membership services, notably legal advice for member and their families. Legal cover goes beyond accidents and workplace disputes. Unison offers free legal advice on any matter through up to half an hour on the phone, as well as free wills and conveyancing services.
Jon is editor of the Justice Gap. He is a freelance journalist. Jon's books include The First Miscarriage of Justice (Waterside Press, 2014), The Justice Gap (LAG, 2009) and People Power (Daily Telegraph/LawPack, 2008). Jon is a journalism lecturer at Winchester University and a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln. He is twice winner of the Bar Council's journalism award (2015 and 2005) and is shortlisted for this year's Criminal Justice Alliance's journalism award