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Advocacy, Advisory, Mediation & Drafting Services

Long established in southern England, situated in Portsmouth's iconic Guildhall, GCP offers high quality advice and advocacy to both the legal profession and members of the public.  

 

Our services encompass not only traditional courtroom representation but also mediationarbitration, and the increasingly popular Public Access Scheme, with instructions taken to advise clients from throughout the world and, if required, to appear at court in the UK.

 

Our clerks take a keen interest in talking with you to ensure that you get the right barrister for the job.

 

OUR

SERVICES

ADVOCACY

 

Barristers from Guildhall Chambers appear predominately in Southern England and along the South Coast but representation can be arranged at any court or tribunal in England and Wales. Negotiations on your behalf can also be undertaken to attempt settlement before, and during, a trial.

DRAFTING SERVICES

A barrister may draft documents, statements, applications etc. to be used within proceedings and give guidance on what documents may be required and how to go about lodging these with the court and your opponent. In general terms documents sent to court are filed and those sent to opponents are served.

ARBITRATION

Arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), is a technique for the resolution of disputes outside the courts.  The parties to a dispute in arbitration agree to be bound by the arbitration decision.  A third party reviews the evidence in the case and imposes a decision that is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts.  Arbitration is often faster than litigation in court.  

ADVICE

 

A barrister will advise on your rights or legal position. In many instances receiving such advice at an initial conference (a meeting with a barrister) will help to clarify the situation enabling you to move the matter forward by yourself.  It may also help to bring about an early resolution to the issue.

PUBLIC ACCESS SCHEME

Anyone can now go directly to a barrister without having to involve anyone else e.g. a solicitor.  Barristers can advise you on your legal status or rights.  They can draft and send documents for you and can represent you in court, tribunals or mediations.  Barristers can also negotiate on your behalf and can attend hearings when appropriate.

MEDIATION

Family mediation is where an independent, professionally trained mediator, helps you and your ex to work out an agreement about issues such as arrangements for children, maintenance payments and finances such as what to do with your house, savings, pension and debts.  The mediator will help you find a solution which works for you both.  Most people who start mediation will reach an agreement without having to go to court.

 

PUBLIC ACCESS

For many cases the Public Access Scheme allows you to go directly to the expert barrister for advice, representation and drafting.

Listed below is a guide to the level of fees you might expect to pay for standard matters. Complex cases or those involving lengthy preparation will be subject to negotiation.

All fees for public access work must be paid in advance, internet bank transfer being the preferred method, although telephone card payments are also accepted.

FAMILY HEARING FEES

Preparation of documents, applications and other hearings/trials subject to negotiation.

 

Criminal and motoring hearing fees by application. 

 

These fees may be subject to VAT at the current rate depending on which barrister you choose. Please check with the clerks. 

£350

£300

 

STANDARD 90 MINS SMALL CLAIMS HEARING 

STANDARD POSSESSION HEARINGS

CIVIL HEARING FEES

 £250


  £350

  £500

  £500

  £750

£1000

£1750

 

  £600

  £950

£1250

£1750

 

  

INITIAL CONFERENCE 

 

DOMESTIC ABUSE
Ex Parte   

Return    

 

CHILDREN ACT

FHDRA

DRA

Final Hearing (1/2 day) 

Final Hearing (one day) 

 

FINANCIAL REMEDY

FDA (first appointment) 

FDR

Final Hearing (1/2 day) 

Final Hearing (one day) 

   

Preparation of documents, applications and other hearings/trials subject to negotiation.

 

Criminal and motoring hearing fees by application. 

 

These fees may be subject to VAT at the current rate depending on which barrister you choose. Please contact the clerks. 

 
 

CLERKS

Our clerks are always willing to discuss your requirements and make recommendations as to which member of Chambers would be most suitable for a particular instruction.

 

Fees are negotiable, whether it be fixed fees for single hearings, or hourly/maximum rates for ongoing cases or CFAs, and all members accept instructions for Publicly Funded work.

Tristan Thwaites - Senior Clerk
Stephanie Mezulis - Clerk

CONTACT

GUILDHALL CHAMBERS PORTSMOUTH

OUR ADDRESS

Guildhall Chambers
Portsmouth Guildhall
Guildhall Square
PO1 2AB

Email: clerks@guildhallbarristers.com
Tel:  02392 752400

DX: 2225  Portsmouth 1

 

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