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Joining the Solicitors’ Panel

 

The National Centre for Domestic Violence provides support to domestic abuse victims across England by specifically focusing on the legal protection that a court order can provide.

We have our own in-house legal department, National Legal Service, which supports the work that we do but we also rely on a national solicitors’ panel for complete coverage.

Law firms are invited to apply to join our panel in areas where our existing coverage is not satisfying the demand for our service.

We are not government funded and we do not accept donations. We create our own income by providing solicitors with an optional document drafting service if they so require. We are proud of the quality of our work and we only succeed to thrive and therefore support vulnerable victims irrespective of their financial position if we give exceptional service.

In 2018 we provided over 2000 victims that could not afford legal aid or a solicitor with support to get a protective injunction, no other organisation provided this volume of support for free.

We had thought for a long time for a phrase that sums up everything we do which could instantly be recognised by anyone as to what our fundamental principle is.

We care for our clients, referrers, employees, solicitors’ panel, the police and the courts, but what we really care about above all is the victim – our client. We exist to provide service on a level that cannot be matched and what makes us strive to achieve such a high service level is the core principle that if we don’t then we will let our vulnerable clients down.

Of course we care about our income stream, without that we do not exist and we care about our taxes and our creditors which means we have to run our organisation with a business head. We have to have Managers, Directors, HR, Supervisors, Investors, fee earners, help line advisers, admin, accountants and many more and these have to be good people and we need to pay for them.

We try as hard as possible to deliver the best care we can for the income we receive. For us at NCDV– Every Client Matters

Solicitors that join our panel need to be hard working, compassionate, conform with all regulations, preferably have special skills in the domestic abuse and violence sector, have experience in helping vulnerable people and last but not least understand what we do and why we do it.

To help us understand you we have developed a questionnaire for you to complete which enables us to learn about you and your business, we need to thoroughly trust you with our clients and to do that we need to know you are able provide the necessary support. We also want you to completely understand us, how NCDV works and the dedication we commit to every client. So we invite you as part of our application process to spend a day discovering how we do this.

The Legal Aid Agency have issued a statement in relation to the arrangements for legal aid firms to be on a NCDV panel which you can download via the link at the bottom of this letter.

Please complete the application form which you can download below, return to me and I will then liaise with you to make arrangements for your visit.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to call me.

Every client matters.

 

Yours faithfully

National Centre for Domestic Violence

Mark Groves

Chief Executive Officer

Download the Application pack

Legal Aid Agency Statement link

We are currently accepting applications for areas covered by the following courts;

 

Court name Date closed for applications
Accrington County Court
Aldershot Justice Centre 26/02/2019
Barnet Civil and Family Courts Centre 13/02/2019
Barnsley Law Courts
Barnstaple County Court
Barrow-in-Furness County Court
Basingstoke County Court 01/03/2019
Bath County Court
Bedford and Mid Beds Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Bedford County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Birkenhead County Court
Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre 13/02/2019
Blackburn Family Court
Blackpool County Court
Blackwood Civil and Family Court
Boston County Court and Family Court
Bournemouth and Poole County Court 18/02/2019
Bradford Combined Court Centre
Brentford County Court 19/02/2019
Brighton Family Court
Brighton Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre
Bromley County Court 13/02/2019
Burnley Combined CC
Bury St Edmunds County Court and Family Court 01/03/2019
Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 01/03/2019
Cambridge County Court and Family Court
Canterbury Combined Court Centre 13/02/2019
Canterbury Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Carlisle Combined Court Centre
Central Family Court ( PRFD ) 13/02/2019
Chatham Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Chester Civil Justice Centre
Chesterfield County Court and Family Court
Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Chichester Combined Court Centre
Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court 13/02/2019
Colchester County Court and Family Court
Coventry Combined Court Centre 13/02/2019
Crewe County Court and Family Court
Croydon County Court 13/02/2019
Darlington County Court
Dartford County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Dartford Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Derby Combined Court Centre 13/02/2019
Doncaster County Court
Durham County Court 05/03/2019
East London Court 13/02/2019
Edmonton County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Exeter Combined Court Centre
Gateshead County Court 05/03/2019
Gloucester and Cheltenham County Court 13/02/2019
Great Grimsby Combined Court Centre
Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Guildford County Court and Family Court 01/03/2019
Guildford Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Halifax County Court
Harrogate County Court
Hastings County Court and Family Court
Hastings Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Hereford County Court and Family Court
Hertford Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Horsham County Court and Family Court
Horsham Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Huddersfield County Court
Ipswich County Court and Family Court
Ipswich Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Isle of Wight Combined Court
King’s Lynn County Court and Family Court
King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Kingston-upon-Hull Combined Court Centre
Kingston-upon-Thames County Court 13/02/2019
Lancaster County Court
Leeds Combined Court Centre
Leicester County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Lincoln County Court and Family Court
Liverpool Civil and Family Court
Lowestoft County Court and Family Court
Lowestoft Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Ludlow County Court
Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Luton County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Macclesfield County Court
Maidstone Combined Court Centre 13/02/2019
Maidstone Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Manchester County Court
Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, County Court and Family Court
Margate Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Medway Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Merthyr Tydfil Combined Court Centre
Middlesbrough County Court
Milton Keynes County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Newark County Court
Newcastle upon Tyne Combined Court Centre 05/03/2019
North Shields County Court 05/03/2019
North Somerset Court House
Northampton Crown Court, County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Norwich Combined Court Centre
Norwich Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Nottingham County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Oxford and Southern Oxfordshire Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Oxford Combined Court Centre 13/02/2019
Peterborough Combined Court Centre 13/02/2019
Peterborough Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Plymouth Combined Court
Portsmouth Combined Court Centre
Preston Combined Court Centre
Rawtenstall County Court
Reading County Court and Family Court 01/03/2019
Reading Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Romford County Court 13/02/2019
Salisbury County court
Scarborough Justice Centre
Scunthorpe County Court
Sheffield Combined CC
Slough County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
South Shields County Court 05/03/2019
Southampton Combined Court Centre 18/02/2019
Southend County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
St Helens County Court
Stafford Combined Court Centre 13/02/2019
Staines County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Staines Magistrates’ Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Stoke-on-Trent Combined Court 13/02/2019
Sunderland County Court 05/03/2019
Swindon Combined Court
Tameside County Court (Manchester)
Taunton County Court
Teesside Combined Court Centre
Telford County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Thanet County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
Torquay and Newton Abbot County Court
Truro County Court
Uxbridge County Court 13/02/2019
Wakefield Civil Justice Centre
Watford County Court and Family Court 13/02/2019
West Cumbria Court House
West London County Court 13/02/2019
Weymouth and Dorchester Combined Court Centre 18/02/2019
Wigan County Court
Willesden County Court 13/02/2019
Winchester Combined Court Centre
Wolverhampton Combined Court Centre 13/02/2019
Worcester Combined Court 13/02/2019
Worthing County Court and Family Court
Worthing Magistrates’ Court and Family Court
Yeovil County Court
York County Court