Legal Advice

Whether your enquiry relates to family, consumer, employment law or something else, our free independent telephone legal advice by LawExpress can provide help (English and Welsh law).

Our comprehensive legal advice, guidance and information is available to ACA students, past and present ICAEW members, past and present ICAEW staff members and their families. To arrange to speak to an experienced legal adviser from LawExpress, contact us.

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Help to pay for essential things If you’re claiming benefits If you’re receiving certain income-related benefits and need help to pay for essentials like clothing, furniture or a rent deposit, you might be able to apply for a Budgeting Loan or Budgeting Advance if you are getting Universal Credit.


Children, marriage, divorce and living together

We can help you understand the legal frame work of cohabiting and civil partnerships; the arrangements involving finances and/or children during separation or divorce; options such as injunctions and court orders against domestic violence and more.



Coronavirus is not only causing health related problems, it's also causing issues with our finances, employment, travel and more. If you're experiencing or are concerned about a change of circumstances, there are a range of steps, measures and schemes to help you.



If you’re struggling to pay day-to-day bills, or to keep up with loan repayments and other financial commitments, there are a number of options open to you to help clear your debts. We outline some of the most common options you might have heard of below. However, don’t make any decisions on your own.


Employment, dismissal and grievance

An employer-employee relationship is not always plain sailing, but all employees have a right to be treated fairly in the workplace. Find out about basic statutory rights as an employee; procedures for redundancy and dismissal; grievance procedures; advice on gender recognition and more.


Goods and services

Know your rights when you encounter issues with purchasing goods and services such as how to recover money from an individual or a business, issues with builders or other tradesman, rights when buying used motor vehicles and more.


Illness and Disability

If you’ve been forced to leave employment, or work reduced hours, because of sickness or disability, there are a number of benefits you can claim. If you’re working, you might be able to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP), paid by your employer.

Illness and Disability


Understanding motoring offences procedures, your rights when buying a used car, how and when to challenge an unfair parking ticket issued by an official body such as councils and the police, or private parking companies.



If you’re struggling with your mortgage repayments and can’t get back on track – or are worried about losing your home, the temptation may be to ignore the problem. Don’t. Here is what you can do and where you can find help.


Paying for care

If you’re working out how to pay for long-term care – for yourself or a loved one, an independent care fees adviser can offer unbiased expert advice. Find out more about what they can do for you, how they are paid and how to choose one that’s right for you.


Personal injury

A personal injury claim can arise as a result of a traffic accident, injury suffered at work, as the result of a medical procedure (referred to as medical negligence), accidents on holiday, tripping accidents and even some sports injuries.


Property, neighbours and landlord

Know and understand your rights and obligations as both a tenant and as a landlord; your statutory rights as a leaseholder; dealing with builders, neighbours and the variety of taxes you might encounter as a homeowner.



Understand Capital Gains Tax (CGT) and Inheritance tax (IHT), how they work and when they may apply or have exemptions, especially if selling or passing on assets, shares or property.


Wills, probate and powers of attorney

There's lots to learn about managing estates if someone passes away, as well as financial affairs or health and welfare of an individual if they're unable to manage these themselves. We also explain how to make a will and the common myths you may encounter.


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