SLAB
Are you Eligible?

Your eligibility for help from the Civil Legal Assistance Office depends on:

  • whether you live in one of the geographical areas served by our four offices
  • whether that area does the type of case you have
  • whether you are eligible for legal assistance
  • a CLAO solicitor being available to do the work in the time needed.

We cannot guarantee that we can meet the needs of everyone looking for our help.  We will tell you as soon as we can if we cannot take your case. If we cannot we will try and signpost you to another legal aid solicitor.

Call or email the office where you live and we will do our best to help you.

What if you can't take my case?

As we employ a limited number of solicitors we can not provide a legal casework service to everyone who approaches us for this kind of help.

We do however make sure that everyone who contacts us is helped to identify options for sorting out their problem. We can also help try to connect you to other services which might be able to help.

Other ways I can try to find a solicitor or advisor

We have an information sheet with other organisations or agencies that may be able to help you.

The Scottish Government's mygov.scot Legal advice and legal aid section also has lots of information in Other sources of help.

If we are not taking your case but trying to help you find a solicitor you should continue to take steps yourself to try to find help.

We cannot guarantee to be able to find a solicitor willing to take your case. You should continue to look for advice yourself while we are trying to refer your case.

Please let us know if you no longer need our help. That will give us more time to help others in need of advice.