General Legal Advice Clinic



Who are we?

The General Legal Advice Clinic is a student-led clinic open to anyone who needs general legal help. Opened in January 2013, from small beginnings we have developed the service and are pleased to have helped over 270 clients with legal issues.

What do we do?

We will discuss and give practical help and advice on general legal issues such as; housing, employment, consumer problems, claims in the County Court, welfare benefits, family, and money problems.

We currently have two weekly clinics. During term times (September – May) the clinic service is delivered by third year law students supervised by qualified professionals. The clinic is completely free of any charge and offers a confidential and impartial service. Out of term time (May – July) the clinic remains open and is run by volunteer law students, again under supervision.

What if we can’t help?

If we are unable to help, we will find the most appropriate provider of advice, including solicitors and voluntary organisations, who can best move your case forward. We can also provide advice on whether you are eligible for Legal Aid to help meet the costs of any legal fees.

We cannot give advice on the following: Issues to do with immigration and nationality; criminal law or criminal proceedings. We are also unable to give advice where a conflict of interest may arise, for example, disputes which involve the University of Portsmouth.

Where can you find us?


Every Monday morning, 10.00am – 1.00pm, during term time only at the Somerstown Community Hub, River’s Street, Southsea, PO5 4EY

Every Wednesday afternoon, 1.00pm – 4.00pm, between September and July at the John Pounds Centre, 23 Queen Street, Portsea, PO1 3HN

We offer face-to-face help and advice, however if you are unable to come along to the clinic in person, we may be able to provide help by email – contact us on or call 023 92 844 114 for more details