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Factsheet 3 – Self-Employed

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO MAKE A LEGAL AID APPLICATION

 

You will be given only one opportunity to present all documents needed for your application. A decision on your application will be provided within 10 working days. Do not contact Direct Mediation Services within this period.

If you wish to have this information in a PDF format, please click here.

What is self-employment?

  • This is when you work for yourself and you are not employed
  • Also remember if you are living with a new partner, we will need to make an assessment of their income
  • Just because you get less than £2657 a month, you do not automatically qualify for Legal Aid
  • Capital and savings will also be taken into account – if you have more than £8000 in savings, you will not qualify

Evidence

You need to send the following evidence for your Legal Aid application:

  1. Business bank statements – the last four weeks’ If you have a personal bank account, you will need to provide this as well (See Photo A for an example.)
  2. Complete financial accounts – for the last financial year ending 5th April
  3. Self-assessment tax return – submitted to HMRC following the end of the last tax year (See Photo B for an example.)
  4. Cash book – this document records the money coming in and out of the business (See Photo C for an example.)
  5. Self-employed for less than a year – your working cash book or a copy of your bank statements showing the money you pay yourself

There are only four ways to submit your evidence

Online

We have an electronic form which you can complete by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page. This is the only page on the website that you can use for submitting your application for Legal Aid

WhatsApp
This is our secure and dedicated Legal Aid WhatsApp number: 07477 867736. Send a clear photo with one full page per image. This number does not accept calls
Email
This email address is only for submitting your evidence: referrals@directmediationservices.co.uk (Please provide your telephone number, so we can call you back)
Post
Make sure all post is addressed to: Direct Mediation Services, 5 Carla Beck House, Carla Beck Lane, Carleton-in-Craven, Skipton, BD23 3BQ. Please ensure the correct postage is paid. We do not accept Legal Aid applications at any other address

 

EXAMPLES OF EVIDENCE

 

Photo A – Bank statements

The easiest way to get your bank statements for the last four weeks is to go to your bank and ask them to print them out. If you have more than one bank and/or building society account, we need statements for all of these as well. This includes joint accounts

You may also be able to download them as a PDF

We need to see clearly:

  1. The four edges of the page
  2. Full pages
  3. Your full name
  4. Your full address
  5. Account number
  6. Period covering the last four weeks
  7. Page number sequence 1, 2, 3 …

DO NOT SEND SCREENSHOTS OF YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNT FROM YOUR MOBILE

Photo B – HMRC Tax Return

We need to see clearly:

  1. The four edges of the page
  2. Full pages
  3. Your full name
  4. Your full address
  5. Your national insurance number
  6. Period for the last financial year
  7. Page number sequence 1, 2, 3 …

DO NOT SEND SCREENSHOTS OF YOUR TAX RETURN FROM YOUR MOBILE

Photo C – Cash Book

We need to see clearly:

  1. Record of transactions for the current financial year (April onwards)
  2. This can be provided in Excel, PDF or a copy of a physical cash book

 

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO MAKEA LEGAL AID APPLICATION

 

You will be given only one opportunity to present all documents needed for your application. A decision on your application will be provided within 10 working days. Do not contact Direct Mediation Services within this period.

 

What is self-employment?

  • This is when you work for yourself and you are not employed
  • Also remember if you are living with a new partner, we will need to make an assessment of their income
  • Just because you get less than £2657 a month, you do not automatically qualify for Legal Aid
  • Capital and savings will also be taken into account – if you have more than £8000 in savings, you will not qualify

Evidence

You need to send the following evidence for your Legal Aid application:

  1. Business bank statements – the last four weeks’ If you have a personal bank account, you will need to provide this as well (See Photo A for an example.)
  2. Complete financial accounts – for the last financial year ending 5th April
  3. Self-assessment tax return – submitted to HMRC following the end of the last tax year (See Photo B for an example.)
  4. Cash book – this document records the money coming in and out of the business (See Photo C for an example.)
  5. Self-employed for less than a year – your working cash book or a copy of your bank statements showing the money you pay yourself

There are only three ways to submit your evidence

WhatsApp
This is our secure and dedicated Legal Aid WhatsApp number: 07477 867736. Send a clear photo with one full page per image. This number does not accept calls
Email
This email address is only for submitting your evidence: legalaid@directmediationservices.co.uk (Please provide your telephone number, so we can call you back)
Post
Make sure all post is addressed to: Direct Mediation Services, 5 Carla Beck House, Carla Beck Lane, Carleton-in-Craven, Skipton, BD23 3BQ. Please ensure the correct postage is paid. We do not accept Legal Aid applications at any other address
Online

We have an electronic form below on this page, which you can complete. This is the onlypage on the website that you can submit your application for Legal Aid

 

EXAMPLES OF EVIDENCE

 

Photo A – Bank statements

The easiest way to get your bank statements for the last four weeks is to go to your bank and ask them to print them out. If you have more than one bank and/or building society account, we need statements for all of these as well. This includes joint accounts

You may also be able to download them as a PDF

We need to see clearly:

  1. The four edges of the page
  2. Full pages
  3. Your full name
  4. Your full address
  5. Account number
  6. Period covering the last four weeks
  7. Page number sequence 1, 2, 3 …

DO NOT SEND SCREENSHOTS OF YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNT FROM YOUR MOBILE

Photo B – HMRC Tax Return

We need to see clearly:

  1. The four edges of the page
  2. Full pages
  3. Your full name
  4. Your full address
  5. Your national insurance number
  6. Period for the last financial year
  7. Page number sequence 1, 2, 3 …

DO NOT SEND SCREENSHOTS OF YOUR TAX RETURN FROM YOUR MOBILE

Photo C – Cash Book

We need to see clearly:

  1. Record of transactions for the current financial year (April onwards)
  2. This can be provided in Excel, PDF or a copy of a physical cash book

 

DOCUMENTS NEEDED TO MAKEA LEGAL AID APPLICATION

 

You will be given only one opportunity to present all documents needed for your application. A decision on your application will be provided within 10 working days. Do not contact Direct Mediation Services within this period.

 

What is self-employment?

  • This is when you work for yourself and you are not employed
  • Also remember if you are living with a new partner, we will need to make an assessment of their income
  • Just because you get less than £2657 a month, you do not automatically qualify for Legal Aid
  • Capital and savings will also be taken into account – if you have more than £8000 in savings, you will not qualify

Evidence

You need to send the following evidence for your Legal Aid application:

  1. Business bank statements – the last four weeks’ If you have a personal bank account, you will need to provide this as well (See Photo A for an example.)
  2. Complete financial accounts – for the last financial year ending 5th April
  3. Self-assessment tax return – submitted to HMRC following the end of the last tax year (See Photo B for an example.)
  4. Cash book – this document records the money coming in and out of the business (See Photo C for an example.)
  5. Self-employed for less than a year – your working cash book or a copy of your bank statements showing the money you pay yourself

There are only three ways to submit your evidence

WhatsApp
This is our secure and dedicated Legal Aid WhatsApp number: 07477 867736. Send a clear photo with one full page per image. This number does not accept calls
Email
This email address is only for submitting your evidence: legalaid@directmediationservices.co.uk (Please provide your telephone number, so we can call you back)
Post
Make sure all post is addressed to: Direct Mediation Services, 5 Carla Beck House, Carla Beck Lane, Carleton-in-Craven, Skipton, BD23 3BQ. Please ensure the correct postage is paid. We do not accept Legal Aid applications at any other address
Online

We have an electronic form below on this page, which you can complete. This is the onlypage on the website that you can submit your application for Legal Aid

 

EXAMPLES OF EVIDENCE

 

Photo A – Bank statements

The easiest way to get your bank statements for the last four weeks is to go to your bank and ask them to print them out. If you have more than one bank and/or building society account, we need statements for all of these as well. This includes joint accounts

You may also be able to download them as a PDF

We need to see clearly:

  1. The four edges of the page
  2. Full pages
  3. Your full name
  4. Your full address
  5. Account number
  6. Period covering the last four weeks
  7. Page number sequence 1, 2, 3 …

DO NOT SEND SCREENSHOTS OF YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNT FROM YOUR MOBILE

Photo B – HMRC Tax Return

We need to see clearly:

  1. The four edges of the page
  2. Full pages
  3. Your full name
  4. Your full address
  5. Your national insurance number
  6. Period for the last financial year
  7. Page number sequence 1, 2, 3 …

DO NOT SEND SCREENSHOTS OF YOUR TAX RETURN FROM YOUR MOBILE

Photo C – Cash Book

We need to see clearly:

  1. Record of transactions for the current financial year (April onwards)
  2. This can be provided in Excel, PDF or a copy of a physical cash book

 

Direct Mediation Services

Direct Mediation Services is a trading name of The Intelligent Solutions Group Ltd. The company is registered in England and Wales with company number 7760633. Our company’s registered address is 5 Carla Beck House, Carla Beck Lane, Carleton, Skipton, BD23 3BQ.

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