Getting court representation

We do not offer this service ourselves, but you might be able to get free legal representation if you rent or own your home and have been summoned to court because of mortgage or rent arrears (called ‘hearings in possession proceedings’).

What help is available?

County Court housing advice and representation schemes provide free, independent and confidential advice to people who have not previously got advice and/or are without legal representation.

Schemes are organised in different ways:

  • Some deal with either mortgage or rent cases - others with both activities at court are commonly limited to dealing with repossession cases, but some also provide help with other matters, e.g. debt problems unrelated to housing
  • Most involve duty advisers attending court on a rota basis on set days, when cases are listed for hearing. Only a few have a permanent or daily presence at court
  • Some are staffed by advisers from only one advice agency, others by advisers from several agencies, including local solicitors' firms

For more information, please contact:

Duty Solicitor
Bow County Court
96 Romford Road
London E15 4EG
Tel: 020 7536 5200     

Duty Solicitor
Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court
The Gee Street Courthouse                                   
29 - 41 Gee Street
London EC1V 3RE      

Duty advisers are available at Clerkenwell and Shoreditch County Court on Monday morning, Tuesday morning and some Friday mornings. Personal callers only.