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About Advocate
Advocate tries to find free legal help from barristers, for people who cannot get public funding and cannot afford to pay. 

We rely on volunteers and cannot guarantee assistance at any point. Please note that: 

You are always responsible for your case, even if you have an application with us

We cannot look for help if your deadline is less than three weeks away

Existing Application

Can I apply?

If you are unsure on whether you can apply, call us on 020 7092 3960. 

This form is for making a new application only. If you have already submitted an application please wait to hear from a member of our team. 

Please do not use this form to send additional documents, as this will result in delays.
Unfortunately you are not eligible to apply
Based on your answers, Advocate cannot look for a barrister to help with your case at this time. 

This is either because your deadline is too soon, or you are entitled to legal aid. 

Please see our Resources page here for details of other organisations that may be able to help.

Please note that clicking submit will not result in any action.
Unfortunately you are not eligible to apply
As you already have an existing application with us we request you to be patient when waiting for a response. 
You can write to us with further information on and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 
Section 1: Your Details

We will usually contact you by email, so please check your spam folder.

Section 2: Public Funding

You have told us that you are not entitled to legal aid. To make sure, please check using the Legal Aid Calculator here. The Calculator will give you a decision after answering some short questions. 

Section 3: Have you had help before?

Section 4: Courts & Tribunals

Section 5: Details of the other party involved in your legal issue.
To add more than one party please use the 'add another party' button

Details of their solicitor

Section 6: How can we help you?

Section 7: Tell us what happened

This is a very important section. Please include all key dates and details of any past court hearings.
Section 8: Other resources

Section 9:  Important documents
Upload a maximum of 20 key documents. In order of importance, this includes:

Court / tribunal papers e.g. court orders, judgments and witness statements

Letters or opinions on the case from solicitors, barristers or advisers 

Key correspondence with any other person(s) involved, or their solicitors

If you need help with an appeal, a copy of the judgment being appealed

If you need help with a contract or formal document, a full copy of the      
        contract or document

Click here to see a full list of the documents you should include, based on the relevant area of law. 

Section 10: Benefits

Section 11: Monthly Income & Expenditure
Monthly Income
Please tell us about your total household income. This includes your own income and the income of your partner or spouse.
Please enter numbers to the nearest pound (no currency symbols or commas).

Monthly Outgoings
Please tell us about your total monthly outgoings. If you have a partner or spouse, please enter the total of your combined monthly outgoings.
Please enter numbers to the nearest pound (no currency symbols or commas).

Our approach to your personal data
You have sent your personal (and possibly sensitive) data to Advocate so that we can assess your case and, if eligible, try to find a volunteer barrister to give you legal help. The legal basis we use for processing your data is your consent.

Processing may include;
• Administration of your application and papers by Advocate staff and volunteers including volunteer barristers, solicitors, other types of lawyers and trustees.
• Your data may be seen by third parties such as advice agencies, voluntary organisations, legal advisers and other technical support organisations who may help Advocate to deliver our services.

Your consent to the above activities may be withdrawn at any time by emailing

Full information about how we process your personal information can be found in our Privacy Notices