Find a solicitor FAQs


  • Does a solicitor have to take my case?

    Solicitors can decide if they are able to take your case or not - even if they are registered for legal aid.

    There are various reasons why a solicitor is not able to take your case, including:

    • They are not taking on new clients.
    • They do not deal with your type of case.
    • They do not have anyone available to work on your case.
    • Your issue may not be a legal one requiring a solicitor.

    If you contact a solicitor and they are unable to take your case, you can:

  • Do solicitors only work in law firms?

    No. Solicitors may work in:

    • A private solicitors' firm.
    • A law centre.
    • One of the Civil Legal Assistance Offices which are operated by us in Inverness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Argyll & Bute. They can provide advice and representation in civil cases.
    • One of the Public Defence Solicitors' Offices which are operated by us in Ayr, Dundee, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Inverness and Kirkwall. They can provide advice and representation in criminal cases.
    • An advice agency.
  • Why is there only basic information in the Solicitor Finder about some firms?

    The information we hold on firms has been provided by solicitor firms or organisations. It is reliant upon them keeping us up-to-date on any changes.

    Only basic information is provided for firms who haven't supplied us with details of the case types they handle or office accessibility details.

    Please be aware that if no local firm is listed when you search under a specific civil category, use all types of cases. This will find the largest number of solicitor firms closest to you who may undertake that kind of case but may not have told us.

    We are attempting to gather more information to improve the Solicitor Finder’s accuracy but this is dependent upon this being supplied by the profession.

    If you are a member of the profession and your firm’s information is not up-to-date, please fill out this form to have it amended.

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  • What are the terms and conditions of using our solicitor finder?

    We provide information on firms registered to provide legal aid services, including through the solicitor finder, for the purposes of public information.

    Every reasonable care is taken to avoid errors and omissions. However, we will not accept responsibility for any errors and/or omissions that may occur, save for correcting the error, or making good the omission, as soon as is reasonable.

    Information on firms has been provided by the solicitors' firms or organisations that are contained in the list. An entry in this list, therefore, must not be taken as implying any recommendation or endorsement by us of any kind in respect of any of the solicitors' firms it includes.

    The accuracy of the advice provided by all firms mentioned on these pages or on other sites to which these pages are linked, is the responsibility of the particular organisation, company or individual and no responsibility is accepted by us for inaccurate or misleading advice provided by such companies, organisations or individuals.