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Army Legal Assistance (ALA) is based in Bielefeld and provides free legal advice for British Army personnel serving overseas, their dependants and UK Based Civilians.

ALA can only assist you whilst you are posted overseas. Once you return to GB, you will need to instruct a civilian solicitor.


ALA can deal with matters under English and German law. Our Legal Officers are qualified solicitors and barristers and we have German paralegal advisers who can offer assistance with German legal issues.

Owing to drawdown Army Legal Assistance (ALA) has ceased to take on new matrimonial, medical negligence and personal injury work. ALA will close to all new cases on 31 March 2019. Personnel with existing cases will be contacted individually regarding the management of their case beyond this date.

Appointments can be arranged by contacting ALA Reception on the numbers shown below. When you contact HQ ALA for the first time on a new matter, you will be required to complete a pdfConflict Of Interests Check Proforma and a pdfRequest for Legal Assistance (ANNEX A).

Please print the form then complete and return the form when you approach HQ ALA. This form will then need to be processed by reception before an appointment can be made.

Contact Details:

Catterick Barracks
Mil Tel: 94881 3191
Civ Tel: 0049 (0)521 9254 3191

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The reception desk is open between 0900-1230 & 1330-1630 Mon to Thu and 0900-1300 Fri (all Central European Time).

Some of the areas ALA can advise you on:

  • Certifying documents
  • Change of name
  • Consumer disputes
  • Allegations of illegal downloading or file-sharing

ALA can only deal with matters governed by the law of England & Wales, or Germany. For questions regarding other jurisdictions, we recommend you contact a civilian solicitor.

ALA cannot deal with the following:

  • Court proceedings
  • Disciplinary issues
  • AGAI issues
  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce and Matrimonial Matters
  • Medical Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Harassment/Bullying
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Disputes with BFG authorities
  • Pay/Salary
  • UK Child Tax Credits & other benefits
  • Army Careers/Employment Law
  • Property
  • Tax
  • Service Complaints

Please note that the scope of ALA now excludes divorce and matrimonial casework. If you have a legal issue of this nature please refer to our pdfGuide to Divorce 2018 as a first step.

If you need to find a Solicitor or Lawyer please visit the Civilian Solicitors page for helpful link and contacts.

pdfHQ ALA Privacy NoticeThe HQ ALA Privacy Notice is to explain your rights and to give you information you are entitled to under the Data Protection Act 2018. Please note this refers to your personal data (your name, address and anything that could be used to identify you personally). We may also collect and process information relating to any offence committed or alleged to have been committed, AGAI 67 proceedings and the disposal of such proceedings or the sentence of any court.