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Am I Eligible for Legal Aid?

We have an expert team who are experienced in all matters regarding Legal Aid. Our team appreciate that the breakdown of a relationship is a difficult and distressing time for all concerned, and because of this, you will receive expert impartial support from our dedicated solicitors and specialised mediators. 

When going through divorce or separation, sometimes the hardest parts are finding suitable arrangements for your children, finances and property. When separating couples work together, this can be possible, however the worry of costs can be an added pressure. If you are eligible, Legal Aid makes it possible for you to access legal and mediation services if you do not have sufficient financial means.

Free initial telephone options appointment

Our expert Family Law team are here to take the worry off your hands. We provide a free initial telephone options appointment to see how we can assist in your circumstances. Please call your preferred office below for a no obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call you back.

  • Chesterfield: 01246 231288
  • Derby: 01332 372311
  • Mansfield: 01623 655666
  • Nottingham: 0115 7043388 

What is Legal Aid?

Legal Aid is where public funds are used in order to pay for legal advice, family mediation and court or tribunal representation. In England and Wales it is the Legal Aid Agency who are responsible for providing legal aid to citizens.

The purpose of Legal Aid is to provide individuals who do not have sufficient financial means, access to various legal services and mediation.

How can our family solicitors assist you during your mediation process? 

At Elliot Mather we are able to offer legal advice as you are working through your mediation process. If you are eligible for Legal Aid mediation, this also means that you are eligible for Legal Aid advice from our family solicitors.

During this time, you would attend your mediation sessions alongside attending meetings with one of our family solicitors. You will be able to receive clear and straightforward legal advice regarding your circumstances, and have the ability to discuss the agreement you are wanting to reach in your mediation sessions.

Additionally, if you are financially eligible for Legal Aid, our dedicated family solicitors have the ability to draft a consent order following your mediation sessions.

How do I access Legal Aid advice when going through mediation?

If you require legal advice alongside your mediation sessions, it is important that you discuss this with your mediator. They will be able to give you what is known as a CW5 form and advise you as to what steps you should take.

For further information regarding this, please discuss this with one of our expert family solicitors or one of our specialised family mediators.

How can I find out if I am eligible for Legal Aid?

You may be eligible to access Legal Aid mediation and advice if you are either on universal credit, Income support, ESA, on a low income, or not working. Our trained mediators and solicitors will be able to work out whether you qualify for Legal Aid and will discuss the process with you.

How we can help 

At Elliot Mather we understand that no client’s circumstances are alike. Our specialised family lawyers will be able to offer clear and straightforward advice on a variety of family matters.

The level of help you would like from us is entirely up to you. Our team members are all experienced in advising individuals on their specific family circumstances.


Our Solicitors are able to provide expert advice across the country with a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield, and Derby.

How to get in contact 

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based. Please call us for a no-obligation, initial discussion or email and we will call or email you back.

  • Chesterfield: 01246 231288
  • Derby: 01332 372311
  • Mansfield: 01623 655666
  • Nottingham: 0115 7043388

Andrew Yates

LLP Member and Head of Department

Andrew joined Elliot Mather LLP in 2000 as a Legal Executive and subsequently qualified as a Solicitor.  He has been an LLP Member since 2008 and is now head of the Residential Property Department.  

His vision, experience, knowledge and IT skills have been key to the development of the Residential Property Departments across the practice over the last 15 years.   Andrew has a wealth of experience of all types of property transactions and specialises in:-

  • Residential sales and services and purchases.
  • Rights to buy
  • Transfer of equity
  • Re-mortgage/bank security
  • Equity release
  • Deed of Easements
  • New Builds
  • Complex Legal Charges
  • Declaration of Trust
  • Property Developments
  • Complex Property Transactions.

Andrew has a friendly, no nonsense approach to work which is appreciated by clients, Estate Agents, Developers and his staff alike.




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Registered Office: St. Mary's Court, St. Mary's Gate, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, S41 7TD

VAT Number: 126 3019 03

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