Family law consumers are commonly using loans, credit cards, and payment plans to access legal advice as the cuts to legal aid continue to affect the most vulnerable.

While 84 per cent of consumers seeking help are finding a way to pay for legal services, their chosen method can be less sustainable, particularly for cases that become protracted, independent research commissioned by the Solicitors Regulation Authority has found.

Moreover, vulnerable consumers may be involved in more complex cases and, therefore, face increased costs due to lo...

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