If you need some support but cannot afford to pay for a solicitor, you could still get some help at a free consultation or drop-in run by a local solicitor.
We have also compiled a list of services available in York and North Yorkshire who may be able to help. You can also use our searchable database of solicitors to find firms that offer free consultations and drop-ins.
YorLaw is a service provided by Citizens Advice York for residents of York with children who are going through the Family Courts. They may also be able to provide a McKenzie Friend to accompany you to court and take notes for you.
Yorlaw offers free of charge legal services to clients who do not have a solicitor, are resident in the York and are referred by Citizens Advice York (CAY). The legal services provided are limited to advice and may include assistance with court paper work of a limited kind.
Call 01904 623648 for more information.
Rights of Women
Rights of Women can provide legal advice over the telephone on their national helpline for women in England and Wales
Call 020 7251 6577
Tuesday – Thursday 7pm – 9pm, Friday 12pm – 2pm
The line is closed on bank holidays.
Rights of Women can also provide support via a domestic abuse service, such as IDAS.
If you’re working for a front-line organisation and are working with women experiencing domestic abuse, get in touch:
Phone: 0203 745 7707
Advice is available Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
University Law Clinics
University Law Clinics can provide some limited advice. Often the service is only available during term time. The service usually takes some time and the advice is often provided in written form rather than a face to face consultation.
If you require legal advice, please either email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01904 325819
Other universities may also provide law clinics.
Advocacy Services can help you to understand your rights and may be able to accompany you to court.
York Advocacy Service
Phone: 01904 414357
York Older Citizens Advocacy
Tel: 01904 676200
Support Through Court
Support Through Court, formerly known as PSU, have trained volunteers who can provide support when you are going to court. They do not operate in every court, however you may be able to call them for assistance. You can check which locations they are working in and their phone number on their website.