Armed Forces Legal Action
Armed Forces Legal Action (AFLA) is a nationwide scheme, established within the legal profession, calling upon lawyers across the United Kingdom to help the men and women who safeguard our country when they themselves need assistance.
The AFLA website carries a range of information on the scheme, how to sign up as a law firm, and how to access services as a member of the armed forces.
Law firms across the UK are being invited to offer a discount of one-third of fees to:
- serving armed forces personnel (regular and reserve)
- those who left the service within the previous two years
- those who have sustained serious combat injuries
- recipients of the Victoria Cross and the George Cross
- bereaved next of kin recipients of the Elizabeth Cross
The concept was originally developed by serving officer and Scottish solicitor Allan Steele. The Honorary President of AFLA is Wing Commander Andrew G McKendrick, RAF (Retd), solicitor advocate.
Benefits for firms:
- the opportunity to attract new clients or develop a new client base
- free and simple to join - no fixed term of commitment
- benefit from free publicity across a range of military publications and social media
- free advertising on the AFLA website and AFLA social media
- access to logos and materials to help promote AFLA locally
- the opportunity to engage with your local community
Membership of the scheme is gained by law firms entering into a simple memorandum of agreement where they undertake to offer the discount to the above groups. In return, they receive access to marketing and promotion. There is no charge or cost at any stage.
Benefits for supporting bodies (law societies, faculties, local groups, etc):
- significant opportunity for ongoing and annual (Armed Forces Day) positive publicity
- raising morale by supporting your members with armed forces connections
- an opportunity to join a scheme that has cross-party political support
- a chance to engage with an element of our society with increasing popular public support
The scheme has had press coverage in The Herald (including a follow-up letter), The Law Society of Scotland Journal, and the Law Society of England and Wales Gazette.
Please visit the AFLA website for more information.
This scheme is independent of the Law Society of Scotland, and is being run by a small steering group as it seeks to gauge interest. The Society is supporting this member group in gaining feedback from the profession.