Army Legal Assistance (ALA) closed on 31 March 2019
After 31 March 2019 Army personnel seeking legal assistance for personal legal issues should do so by instructing a civilian legal advisor at their own expense in the appropriate jurisdiction.
- For UK matters: The Law Society (of the respective jurisdictions: England and Wales or Scotland or Northern Ireland) maintains a list of solicitors by location and subject area. The lists can be accessed via the respective Law Society website.
England and Wales http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/
Northern Ireland https://www.lawsoc-ni.org/solicitors
Military applicants wishing to instruct a Northern Ireland based solicitor should also contact their J2 Security Cell for a list of approved Northern Ireland law firms.
- For Overseas matters: Guidance on overseas lawyers can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) published List of Lawyers Abroad.
Where a territory is not specified in the FCO’s list, Army personnel should contact the in-country Army HQ for guidance on local lawyers.
- Note: ALA’s closure does not affect a soldier’s access to legal advice (Service or civilian) at a Service police station. Similarly, ALA’s closure does not affect the assistance available to Service personnel, members of the civilian component and dependants who find themselves subject to criminal proceedings overseas relating to an on-duty incident. Further guidance on these subjects can be found in the Armed Forces Legal Aid Scheme (JSP 838. See Part 2 Chapter 6 Section 4) and the Defence Instruction on Support Available for Staff Facing Legal Proceedings (2017 DIN 01-042).