Stricter evidence requirements were preventing many survivors of domestic abuse from getting legal aid. PLP represented the charity Rights of Women in a challenge to the evidence requirements. Following the Court of Appeal’s judgment, the Government introduced new regulations which allow applications to rely on a wider range of evidence of domestic abuse.

The impact of the case is illustrated by the Legal Aid Agency’s own statistics: subsequent to the case in April-June 2016 over 50% more applications for legal aid in family cases were received from survivors of domestic violence, and there was a 35% increase in the number of applications granted.