Advocacy Support

We help people to communicate their concerns, requests and suggestions for resolving disputes. In other words, we can help you to put your case effectively to the decision makers and other participants involved in a dispute. Communications can be with people in authority, decision makers, neighbours and construction service providers. 

With your authorisation and under your direction we can help you and even act as your advocat in formal and informal settings including:

  • Community Settings
    • Directly with neighbours, community representatives and service provides;
  • Legal Settings
  • Dispute Resolution Settings:
    • Negotiations
    • Mediation
    • Concilliation
    • Expert Determination
    • Early Neutral Evalution
    • Adjudication
    • Arbitration
  • Council and Local Authority Settings:
    • Licensing Committees
    • Planning Committees
  • Parliamentary Settings:
    • Meetings with Members of Parliaments
    • Parliamentary Committee Meetings

We are also able to offer administrative and emotional support as McKenzie Friends.

There are ethical and legal limits on the support we can offer, however. 
We will not be able to offer advocacy support if:
  • we are acting in another capacity in the dispute, such as mediator or party wall surveyor;
  • you are paying a solicitor, barrister, legal executive or other legal professional to act for you in the case.
In accordance with the Legal Services Act, Bar Standards Board Handbook and ethical practice, Neighbourly Walls does not, cannot and will not:
  • represent any client or exercise a purported right of audience at court except in Small Claims proceedings as authorised by the Lay Representatives (Rights of Audience) Order 1999;
  • provide legal advice;
  • draft or settle any legal document (eg statements of case, witness statements, or affidavits);
  • conduct any
    • reserved instrument activities (eg conveyancing of land);
    • probate activities (eg wills);
    • notarial activities
    • administration of oaths.