Due to the COVID-19 emergency, appointments with the Legal Advice Bureau are currently on hold.

A first port of call

The Law Society is a first port of call for anybody who believes they have a legal problem, or who is just seeking reassurance about the legal process. The Society receives some 9,000 telephone calls from the public each year. When you call the Law Society, we can help you by referring you to a law firm with expertise in a particular area of law, helping you find a lawyer who speaks your language, or helping you find free or low cost legal services.

You can contact the Law Society on 02 6274 0300. 

You can also view our range of fact sheets that answer common legal questions.

Quick search online

Members of the public can also find lawyers or law firms with expertise in particular areas of law by searching our online database. Our database can also help you find firms located in particular areas of the ACT, or lawyers who can speak your language. 

You can visit the Find a Firm or Find a Lawyer search functions on our website.

Getting legal advice

You can use our search function to find registered law firms with particular areas of practice. You can also call the Society on 02 6274 0300 and ask for assistance. Please note that the Law Society cannot recommend particular law firms or solicitors — we will instead provide you with contact details for three randomly-selected firms or solicitors in the area you request.

You can use our search function to find solicitors who speak particular languages. You can also call the Society on 02 6274 0300 and ask for assistance. Please note that the Law Society cannot recommend particular law firms or solicitors — we will instead provide you with contact details for three randomly-selected firms or solicitors in the area you request.

There are a range of community legal centres providing advice and resources to the public in the Canberra region. Canberra. Visit our community legal centres page for more information.

The Law Society operates a Legal Advice Bureau, where you can get a free 15 minute consultation with a lawyer during lunchtime at our office in the City. Please call the Society on 02 6274 0300 to make an appointment.

You may also be eligible for assistance from the ACT Pro Bono Clearing House if you are likely to suffer a serious injustice without legal representation, you are not eligible for a grant of Legal Aid, and you are of insufficient means to afford legal services at professional charging rates. Please note that the Pro Bono Clearing House does not deal with Family Law matters.

The ACT Law Society is pleased to provide support to residents of Queanbeyan, and we can refer you to local NSW services where appropriate. 

Shoalcoast Community Legal Centre can provide legal advice to people on issues such as employment, financial hardship, tenancy, fines, parenting arrangements, family law, domestic violence and victims support, and other civil law matters. Clients should call 1800 229 529 or info@shoalcoast.org.au to arrange a telephone appointment.

 

 

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Community Legal Centres  

Links to community legal centres providing advice and resources to the public.

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The Legal Advice Bureau  

Do you have a legal problem, but aren’t sure how to proceed? Are you in the dark about a legal issue, and aren’t sure where to go? You can m...

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ACT Pro Bono Clearing House  

Do you need legal advice but can't afford to pay professional legal fees? Does your legal need fall outside established guidelines for legal...

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