Portsmouth Law School

Free legal advice for community

Free Legal Advice

Local residents can access free and confidential legal advice on a range of civil and welfare matters, including consumer issues, employment law, and housing problems thanks to General Legal Advice Clinic operated by the University of Portsmouth.

The clinics are run by students from the School of Law and overseen by a qualified solicitor and experienced CAB manager.

We offer an appointment and drop in general advice service at the John Pounds Centre, Queen Street every Wednesday.

Who can come to the clinic?

Everyone is welcome to attend the clinic: University employees, students, friends and family; anyone who lives or works in the Portsmouth area and beyond.

What service can the clinic offer?

The clinic provides general advice on most subjects including:

  • Consumer problems
  • Landlord and Tenant problems
  • Employment
  • Contact with children
  • Power of attorney and guardianship issues

Common questions include:

  • Can I leave my tenancy early?
  • My employer has not paid me, what can I do?
  • How do I make a claim in the small claims court?
  • How can I arrange contact with my child or grandchild?
  • Can I cancel my mobile phone contract?

Where and when are we located?

Day Start time Clinic Location Clinic type
Wednesday 10am - 12pm General advice John Pounds Centre Drop in/appointment
Wednesday 1pm - 4pm General advice John Pounds Centre Drop in/appointment

We an evolving services so please be aware that some services may be subject to change.

*Please note that between May and July our advisers are first and second year law students working on a voluntary basis and so we can offer a restricted service. Contact us for more details.

How do I book an appointment?

To book an appointment at any of the clinics, email advice@port.ac.uk, or telephone 02392 844114.

If you have any concerns in relation to child protection or child abuse whether sexual or otherwise, please contact:- the Child Protection Unit at Portsmouth City Council, on 023 92839111 or the Joint Action Team on 08456710271.

Contact us:

Tel: 023 92 844 114

E:   advice@port.ac.uk

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