Frequently Asked Questions

Will you do home visits?

Yes, if you cannot come to us (for example if you are detained in hospital, or are disabled and find it difficult to get out) then we can arrange to visit you where you are. Alternatively, where this is not feasible or the matter is very urgent, then we may be able to take instructions over the telephone.

Is your office accessible for people with disabilities?

Our office has been extensively renovated to offer fully accessible facilities, including a disabled access toilet, at ground floor level. The office is also equipped with an induction loop system for the deaf.

Work Experience Policy

Work Experience Policy

Julie Burton Law is committed to offering work experience in the specialist areas of law that we practice. However we are a small firm and we receive a large volume of applications for work experience therefore can only offer a limited amount of placements.

Opportunities

We will be offering two placements each year. One around the Easter period and the second during the summer.

For successful applicants we will usually offer:

1. Placement in our office for 1 working week
2. An opportunity to shadow a member of staff which may include seeing clients (with their consent) either in the office or in a psychiatric hospital
3. Involvement in routine administrative activity
4. An insight into the areas of law we specialise in: Mental Health law, Community Care Law, Court of Protection work, future planning.

Criteria

The placements are open to Law undergraduates and Law graduates.

We will consider all applications received but our policy is to give priority to applicants who can demonstrate a real interest and commitment to the areas of law we specialise in.

How to apply

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 placement (date to be confirmed).

To apply please email your CV along with a covering letter demonstrating evidence that you meet our criteria to post@julieburtonlaw.co.uk. Please put ‘Easter Work Experience Placement’ in the subject box.

I care for my adult sister who needs help but does not have capacity to instruct a solicitor herself. Can you help?

Yes, we frequently act for people who lack capacity to instruct us. Provided that there is no conflict of interest, we will take instructions from anyone having a legitimate interest and concern for the person who lacks capacity. If there is no one who can act, then we will approach the Official Solicitor.

Can I afford to seek your advice?

We try to ensure that we are able to advise as many people as possible.

We offer "Legal Aid" to anyone who qualifies. Since 1 April 2013 "Legal Aid" is administered by the Ministry of Justice through the Legal Aid Agency. We will advise you on first contact whether you are likely to qualify for "Legal Aid". In brief, there are three tests for eligibility for "Legal Aid". These are (1) an income eligibility test (2) a capital eligibility test, and (3) a merits test. Those in receipt of Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Based Employment and Support Allowance, Guaranteed State Pension Credit or Universal Credit are eligible on income. Others on a very low income or disability related benefits may qualify on income also. The capital eligibility test will be met for those who have savings of less than £3000. For those with savings between £3000 and £8000 a contribution equal to the amount of capital held over £3000 will be required. Those with savings over £8000 or equity in a house of over £100,000 will not be eligible. The rules for financial eligibility for "Legal Aid" do change from time to time so you will need to check.

If you do not qualify for legal aid we will give you full information about our current charges when you first contact us.

Can I instruct you through the medium of Welsh?

Rebecca Humphreys and Helen Scott are both first language Welsh speakers and would be happy to take instructions and to advise through the medium of Welsh.

Julie Burton has learnt Welsh to a high standard and is able to communicate through Welsh if so required.

 

Julie Burton Law will access 'Legal Aid' for all who qualify 01248 364750 / post@julieburtonlaw.co.uk
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