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Legal Advice

The purpose of this factsheet is to ensure that the reader is informed and updated about the legal matters contained within the factsheet.

It is important to get the correct legal advice for any problems or issues of a legal nature that you may currently be experiencing. There are a number of different agencies who may be able to help you.

• Your Solicitor

• Bournemouth & District Law Society, Tel: 01202 587551,
Email: office@bournemouthlaw.com www.bournemouthlaw.com – who can recommend a solicitor in your area if you do not have one.

• Local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) – many bureaux now have a short assessment interview to help decide how you will be best advised, appointments may be made following this assessment.

• Community Legal Advice – accessed via CAB, a solicitor, or a Community Legal Services advice provider funded by the Legal Services Commission.


Free legal advice

Your local CAB is able to offer free “initial interview” legal advice, and advise you of your rights and decide how you can be best advised. You may then be asked to make an appointment. Otherwise an adviser should be available by phone though this may be for an introductory interview only. They are also able to direct you to other legal services that may be able to give you more in depth help. Local CAB offices are at the following locations and have links to the Community Legal Service:


Purbeck


CAB Bovington

The Hive
Bovington Camp
Wareham
BH20 6AJ
Tel: 01929 403185
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/bureau

Advice sessions:
Tuesday 9.30am – 1pm.

Contact for details of wheelchair accessibility, and advice offered in other languages.


CAB Purbeck

Mill Lane
Wareham
Tel: 01929 551257
Email: bureau@purbeckcab.cabnet.org.uk
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/bureau

Advice sessions:

Monday – 10am – 2pm

Tuesday – 10am – 2pm

Thursday – 10am – 2pm

Purbeck CAB is wheelchair accessible and offers specialist information about Debt, and Housing. Information is also available in French, German, and Swahili.


CAB Swanage

Town Hall
High Street
Swanage
BH19 2NZ
Tel: 01929 427134
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/bureau

Advice sessions:

Wednesday 10.15am – 2pm

Friday 10.15am – 2pm

Contact for details of wheelchair accessibility, and advice offered in other languages.


CAB Upton

Town Council Offices
1 Moorland Parade
Moorland Way
Upton
BH16 5JS
Tel: 01202 632080
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/bureau

Advice sessions:

Monday 9am – 12.30pm 1st and 3rd Monday of the month only

Thursday 9am – 12.30pm

Contact for details of wheelchair accessibility, and advice offered in other languages.


North Dorset

CAB Blandford

3 Nightingale Court
East Street
Blandford
DT11 7ED
Tel: 01747 822117
Fax: 01747 826300

Advice sessions:

Monday: 9am – 2pm. Appointment only via Gillingham

Tuesday: 10am – 2pm. Debt advice by Gillingham Debt Project, appointment only via Gillingham Debt Project.

Contact for details of wheelchair accessibility, and advice offered in other languages.


CAB Gillingham Debt Project

The Courtyard
Newbury Court
Gillingham
SP8 4QX
Tel: 01747 835016
Fax: 01747 826300
Email: northdorsetcab@cabnet.org.uk
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/northdorsetcab.htm

Advice sessions:

Monday. 9.30am – 2.30pm. Appointment only

Tuesday 9.30am – 2.30pm. At Blandford outreach, appointment only

Wednesday 9.30am – 2.30pm. Appointment only

Thursday 9.30am – 2.30pm. Appointments only

Contact for details of wheelchair accessibility, and advice offered in other languages.


CAB North Dorset

The Courtyard
Newbury Court
Gillingham
SP8 4QX
Tel: 01747 822117
Fax: 01747 826300
Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/northdorsetcab.htm

Advice sessions:

Monday: 10am – 2pm. Appointments only, last appointment 2pm

Tuesday: 10am – 2pm. Appointments only, last appointment 2pm

Wednesday: 10am – 2pm. Appointments only, last appointment 2pm

Thursday: 10am – 2pm. Appointments only, last appointment 2pm

Friday: 10am – 2pm. Appointments only, last appointment 2pm


Telephone advice times:

Monday: 10am – 3pm. Information only and to discuss an appointment

Tuesday: 10am – 3pm. Information and advice, and to discuss an appointment

Wednesday: 10am – 3pm. Information only and to discuss appointment

Thursday: 10am – 3pm. Information and advice, and to discuss appointment

Friday: 10am – 3pm. Information only and to discuss an appointment

Contact for details of wheelchair accessibility, and advice offered in other languages.


CAB Shaftsbury

Toby’s Court
No. 1 Bimport
Shaftsbury
SP7 8AT
Tel: 01747 822117

Advice sessions:

Thursday: 10am – 2pm. Appointment only via Gillingham.

Contact for details of wheelchair accessibility, and advice offered in other languages.


CAB Stalbridge

Stalbridge Community Office
Stalbridge
DT10 2LZ
Tel: 01963 364177

Advice sessions:

Tuesday: 10am – 1pm. Appointments only via community office.

Contact for details of wheelchair accessibility, and advice offered in other languages.

CAB Sturminster Newton

Barnes Close
Sturminster Newton
DT10 1BN
Tel: 01747 822117

Advice sessions:

Friday: 10am – 1pm. Appointment only


Fixed fee interview

Some solicitors may offer up to half an hour’s legal advice for a pre-agreed or fixed fee. Some will offer a certain amount of free advice. This can be helpful if you need to get some idea as to whether you have a case worth defending or pursuing. Contact your solicitor to see if they offer this service. Bournemouth & District Law Society (see above)
are able to help you find a local solicitor or alternatively visit www.GOV.UK where the Community Legal Advice Directory also provides a list of local solicitors.

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