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Searching for legal assistance in Sussex? First4lawyers can help

Whatever your problem, wherever you live, we’re here for you. With legal experts throughout Sussex, First4lawyers is already the first port of call for many in the area when it comes to finding a solution to a legal issue.

From compensation stemming from medical negligence in Portsmouth, to an intellectual property dispute between two businesses in Brighton, or help with the legal side of buying or selling a home in Chichester, our award-winning services are available in Sussex and the Isle of Wight. 

It’s important to get everything right when buying a house – according to available data, there were 5,076 claims that went to court relating to mortgage repossessions made in Sussex, Kent and Surrey in 2010.

Whatever your case, get in touch. We can offer the support you need.

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Why choose First4lawyers?

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Good ethics are everything to us. From seeking compensation for you to advising you on a personal or business legal matter, we only have your best interests at heart.

We have been awarded Personal Injury Claims Firm of the Year in 2012, 2013, and 2015.

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We contribute to local charities because we believe it’s important to invest in the community.

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Our team of highly-skilled specialist solicitors excel in providing the expert legal advice you need.

Very professional, helpful, nothing is too much of a problem. Definitely company to which I'll return in the case of another accident.

JK, Gosport

A bit more information to help you

Will my details be kept confidential?

Yes, any information you provide us with will be kept confidential. The only people who will have access to any of the details you give us are our solicitors, all of whom are pre-screened so we can be sure they will treat your case with honesty and integrity.

Is there a fee when I first seek advice?

When you get in contact, either by calling us or requesting a callback at the top of the screen, we will ensure you speak to one of our legally qualified assistants for free. They will pinpoint your legal issue and review precisely how we can help and what you need to get the resolution you want. There is no initial charge, no obligation and no risk involved.

Will my solicitor be local to me?

We believe in matching to expertise as opposed to post code, and whilst we try and find you the right solicitor in the right location we recognize this isn’t always possible.

Using First4lawyers you’ll be connected with the right specialist for your case, and with the help of modern technology and home visits we are confident you will get the right balance of service and convenience wherever you are.

If you have another question that you’d like to ask, visit our FAQs page.

Others in Sussex have already claimed

By pooling the numbers from 2014, we’ve worked out the rate at which people make claims about things ranging from trips to car accidents in places all over the UK, including Brighton and Portsmouth.

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Accidents At Work

While the national average for medical negligence claims is 10.14 per 100,000 people, it’s higher in Brighton – 11 claims per 100,000 people.

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Road Traffic Accident

Accidents on the roads led to 8.5 claims per 100,000 people in Brighton. This was just shy of the 9.8 national average.

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Slips Trips and Falls

Thousands upon thousands of people will have worked in the demanding conditions of the Portsmouth dockyards over the years, but the city’s rate of claims for industrial diseases is almost in line with the national average: 0.7 for Portsmouth, 0.76 for the UK.

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Industrial Disease

In Portsmouth, 9.2 people per 100,000 used the Occupiers’ Liability Act of 1957 to make a claim; not far off the 10.72 national average.

There are more towns, cities and stats for you to explore on our UK-wide Claims Map.

Helpful local institutions for you

Brighton and Hove City Council

Brighton and Hove City Council takes care of many things in the local area: social care and children’s services to name just two. Should you have a complaint or a question, you’ll be able to find who you need through the switchboard 01273 290000. Alternatively, you can find the Brighton Customer Service Centre at:

Brighton and Hove City Council, Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton, BN1 1JE.

Brighton John Street Police Station 

Keeping Sussex safe, from Chichester in the west to Hastings in the east, Sussex Police can be contacted in emergency situations (call 999) and in non-urgent cases (call 101). With the HQ in Lewes not being open to the public, people in Brighton can find their main branch on John Street:

Brighton John Street Police Station, John Street, Brighton, BN2 0LA.

Portsmouth Combined Court Centre

A large variety of cases are heard at Portsmouth Combined Court Centre. From adoption, to forced marriages and housing possession, all are held up to the law here. Should you need to make contact, the number is 02392 893 000 or it can be found at:

Portsmouth Combined Court Centre, The Courts of Justice, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2EB.

Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth

If you have an accident in the Portsmouth area, you may be taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital if you phone the emergency services on 999. If you have an issue that’s a non-emergency, however, you can call ahead on 023 9228 6000 and then head to the hospital at:

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Rd, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3LY.

Mind - Coastal West Sussex, Chichester

A charity that seeks to change the way people view mental health, Mind and its Chichester branch are contactable on 01243 787878.  They are there for people affected by anything from social disorders to dementia. Its offices are at:

Mind - Coastal West Sussex, Suite 3, Forum House Business Centre, Stirling Rd, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7DN.

Waterlooville Police Station

Should they ever be a victim of, or witness to, a crime, those living in or near Waterlooville have the option of reporting it in person as well as doing so over the phone. If it’s a non-emergency, the best number to call is 101 for local police. Otherwise, the Waterlooville station can be found at:

Waterlooville Police Station, Swiss Road, Waterlooville, PO7 7FX.

Central and South Sussex Citizens Advice Bureau, Worthing

Central and South Sussex CAB’s Worthing branch is like many others you can find up and down the UK. A charity that exists to provide objective and free advice, it will help you with anything from rights at work to debt. Should you feel you have nowhere to turn, you can always talk to the CAB. Ring the Worthing bureau on 03444 771 171, or visit:

Central and South Sussex CAB (Worthing), Worthing Town Hall, Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HA.

Portsmouth City Council

If you live in Portsmouth, you may have noticed the local city council deals with housing issues, libraries, pest control and much more. It’s also responsible for the upkeep of civic spaces, which can make it liable for certain types of accidents that occur in those areas. If you need clarity on a subject the council deals with, or perhaps you want to make a complaint, call 023 9282 2251 or write to:

Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2PQ.

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