Legal representation

If you've got a housing problem and you need advice on your legal rights, you may need to see a lawyer. If your case is going to court, you'll probably need a lawyer to represent you. This section explains what you can do yourself, why you might need a lawyer, how you can find one and what different kinds of lawyers do.

If you need legal advice urgently, don't panic. You should be able to get legal representation at short notice, either from a law centre or from a duty solicitor in your local sheriff court. Some of the larger sheriff courts have in-court advice projects.

If you receive official papers telling you that you have to go to court in a hurry, don't just ignore them - this could make the problem worse. Don't pretend that you didn't receive the papers either because that won't work in most cases. If you're in this situation, get further advice immediately.

Housing laws differ between Scotland and England
This content applies to Scotland only
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  • Representing yourself

    If you're thinking about speaking for yourself in court, check here to know if it's possible and get some practical tips. It might be possible for someone other than a lawyer to do this.

  • In-court advice services

    Some larger sheriff courts provide in-court advice services. This page explains what they are, how they can help and where to find them.

  • Law centres

    You might be able to get legal advice and representation from a solicitor in a law centre. There are a number of law centres in Scotland. This page explains more.

  • Solicitors

    Solicitors can give you detailed advice on your rights and can also represent you in court. This page explains how to get a solicitor and how they can help you.

  • Solicitor-advocates and Advocates

    If your case is complicated and goes to a higher court, you will need a solicitor-advocate or an Advocate to represent you. This page explains more.

Speak to a Shelter Scotland adviser

Call Shelter Scotland's free housing advice helpline

0808 800 4444
9am-5pm, Monday to Friday

Email an adviser

You can also email a housing adviser. We aim to respond within three working days.

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