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Representation in Court Proceedings

Representation in Court Proceedings

At Hart Reade, although our primary objective is to resolve matters without Court intervention, there are some cases where Court proceedings are appropriate and necessary; for example, if agreement cannot be reached or if one party adopts an unreasonable stance.

In cases where Court proceedings are required, our family Lawyers in Eastbourne, Hailsham, Polegate and Meads are highly experienced in representing clients at a range of Court Hearings, including:

We are able to represent clients at Court either solely as their Advocate (for one off Hearings), or as part of the overall case.

Although attending Court can be a stressful and bewildering experience, our aim is to minimise any apprehension by providing professional and decisive representation, designed to safeguard our clients best interests.

If you require Court Proceedings to be issued, or you have been served with Court papers, please make an appointment and we can consider together how best to assist you.

Free Legal Appointments in East Sussex

Our Family Department offers a free 30 minute appointment to all clients.

At that appointment we will discuss and review your circumstances and give you preliminary legal advice.

We will also review with you, in general terms, your options in respect of the divorce, finances or children matters and also provide a cost estimate.

The 30 minute appointment will be free of charge and there will be no obligation for you to use our services.

If you are looking for mediation services in either Eastbourne, Hailsham, Polegate, Meads or in fact anywhere in East Sussex, then please just telephone any of the following contact numbers to arrange an appointment:

Eastbourne 01323 727321

Meads 01323 407577

Hailsham 01323 841481

Polegate 01323 487051

Alternatively, please complete the contact form below.

We will maintain complete confidentiality and discretion at all times.

Please click here to fill in our contact form

Please note the above is for information purposes only and is intended to be a short summary.  It should not be treated as a comprehensive guide and should not be acted on without qualified legal advice.

Further Legal Information

Click on the links below for further information on the following areas:

Divorce and Family Finance

Civil Partnerships

Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Unmarried Couples


Collaborative Law

Mediation Services

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Representation in Court Proceedings

Our Team

Costs – General Information

Deferring Fees in Divorce