Civil Legal Advice
0845 345 4345
The Civil Legal Advice can tell you if you’re eligible for legal aid and can give you free and confidential legal advice in England and Wales.
The Equality and Advisory Support Service
Tel: 0808 800 0082
Text: 0808 800 0084
The helpline can advise and assist you on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is responsible for promoting and monitoring human rights, and to protect, enforce and promote equality.
020 7263 1111
INQUEST provides specialist advice on cases involving a death in custody or detention or involving state failures. This includes a death that has occurred in prison, policy custody or immediately following police contact, immigration detention or psychiatric care. You can get advice by submitting a query form.
The Law Society
020 7242 1222 (England)
029 2064 5254 (Wales)
The Law Society provides details of solicitors you can get in touch with for specialist legal advice.
0845 123 2307
or 020 3145 0461 (Monday and Thursday 6.30pm–8.30pm, Wednesday 12.30pm–2.30pm)
Liberty provides human rights advice by telephone and in writing. You can get written advice by submitting a query form.
Where can I get support?
Local Minds support over 280,000 people across England and Wales. Their services include supported housing, crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending. They may be able to help you find advocacy services in your area. Find your local Mind here.
Find an advocate
An advocate is a person who can both listen to you and speak for you in times of need. Having an advocate can be helpful in situations where you are finding it difficult to make your views known, or to make people listen to them and take them into account.
For information on advocacy services and groups in your area, you could start by contacting the Mind Legal Line and your local Mind.
Read more about how advocacy might help you.
This information was published in August 2017. We will revise it in 2019.