The Cheltonian > Articles

Death Of Legal Aid For Divorce And Childrens Law


The Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke, has revealed sweeping Legal Aid reforms. As part of the Government cuts Legal Aid is due to be removed from divorce and private childrens law cases unless there are exceptional circumstances. Private childrens law cases usually decide where a child should live or how much contact someone should have with the child.

The Government has also made it more difficult for people to financially qualify for Legal Aid. This means that thousands of people who would have been eligible for Legal Aid for this type of case will now have to pay for their legal services or face the daunting prospect of going to Court and representing themselves.

Barbara Jordan, senior partner in the South West and South West Midlands’ largest Family Law Department at Harrison Clark, incorporating Jordans, said; “It had been widely rumoured that Legal Aid would be removed from Private Law cases, and this has now been confirmed by the Justice Secretary. The firm, as a whole, saw this coming some years ago, and we stopped taking on new Legal Aid cases from November 2008. We are widely experienced in catering for all budgets, given the large numbers of our staff.”

Given that many people will now be tempted to represent themselves at Court, it is now more important than ever to get sound legal advice in these matters to make sure that a fair and advantageous position is achieved both within divorce cases, giving financial security to the newly divorced, to protect the children and to make sure that all decisions are in their best interests.

Harrison Clark (incorporating Jordans) provides a complete spectrum of City-quality legal services to business and private clients across the region. The leading law firm has a total of 160 staff and partners based in Cheltenham and Worcester, with specialist experts across a number of sectors including; education, rural, healthcare and logistics.

As well as joining MSI Global Alliance in 2007 - one of the world’s leading international legal and accountancy associations - in 2010 the firm was again recognised for the national quality of its work through a listing in the prestigious Legal 500 and Chamber and Partners lists of the major firms in England and Wales.

To find out more about Harrison Clark visit their new website at:

Or call telephone:
01905 612001 / 01242 269198.