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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 para-legal advisers who can offer assistance with German legal issues.

Appointments can be arranged by contacting ALA Reception on the numbers shown below.


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:

  • Family & relationships (including divorce & child contact/maintenance)
  • Certifying documents
  • Change of name
  • Consumer disputes
  • Allegations of illegal downloading or file-sharing
  • Personal injury
  • Kindergeld disputes


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
  • Harassment/Bullying
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Disputes with BFG authorities
  • Pay/Salary
  • UK Child Tax Credits & other benefits
  • Army Careers/Employment Law
  • Property
  • Tax
  • Service Complaints