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. From September 2017, in a change to our current service, we will be offering dedicated appointments for housing issues every Monday at the Somerstown Central Community Hub in Winston Churchill Avenue, and for family matters every Monday afternoon at Gun House, Cambridge Road, PO1 2EF.
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
- 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|
|Monday||10am - 12pm||Housing advice||Somerstown Central||Appointment only|
|Monday||2pm - 4pm||Family advice||Gun House||Appointment only|
|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 email@example.com, 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.
Tel: 023 92 844 114
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