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Telford firm wins legal aid contract to help families in need
A small independent Telford family law firm has won a Legal Aid contract which could be worth up to £500,000 over the next 12 months. Picasso Legal is now able to take on clients who qualify for legal aid in family matters, meaning they can assist where disputes over finances or children have occurred following a relationship breakdown. Lisa Pickering, director of Picasso Legal said the contract win from the Legal Aid Agency was a huge boost to the small firm based within Meeting Point House in Telford town centre. Ms Pickering launched her firm in 2014 specialising in family law but her services have expanded along with her team which also helps organisations which support victims of domestic abuse. Ms Pickering launched her business with the aim of offering affordable legal advice at a time when families may already be feeling the financial strain of a break-up. The launch came a year after changes in the law which affected who was eligible for legal aid - which is normally given in cases of domestic violence or where a child is at risk of abuse. Ms Pickering offers free 30-minute consultations and is also a Resolution advanced specialist, with particular...