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At John Barkers Solicitors, we provide the highest quality of legal services to all of Brighton and its surrounding towns and villages. Our team of experienced solicitors specialize in all areas of law, from family law to corporate law, so no matter your individual needs, you can trust us to deliver consistent results.
We are proud to serve the residents of many different parts of Brighton, including Hangleton, Hollingbury Park, Moulsecoomb, Patcham and Surrenden. We also specialize in providing legal services for people living in nearby small towns and villages such as Falmer, Kingston-near-Lewes and Newhaven.
We are committed to providing an exceptional legal service. We listen carefully to our clients’ needs and provide tailored advice accordingly. Our team takes the time to get to know each individual client, ensuring that the advice provided is relevant and accurate.
Brighton is a city in the county of East Sussex, England. It is a popular seaside resort located on the south coast with easy access to London and other major cities nearby. Brighton forms part of the region known as South Downs National Park, which stretches from Hampshire to Eastbourne.
Brighton is situated on the south coast of England, 55 miles (90 km) southwest of London. Its geographic coordinates are 50° 49' N 0° 8' W. It has four distinct districts: The City Centre, Kemptown and Brunswick; Hove; North Laine; and Preston & Withdean.
Brighton is easily accessible from the M23 motorway. It is also connected to London by the A23 road, which runs north-east through Crawley and Redhill before turning southward into London. Brighton has excellent public transport links with regular train services running from Brighton Station to London Victoria, as well as direct bus services.
Brighton has an efficient logistics infrastructure in place for businesses looking to establish a presence in the area. The city is home to several major national and international freight companies, such as DHL Express, UPS and FedEx. The city is also served by several major ports, including Shoreham and Portsmouth. In addition, the nearby Gatwick Airport provides quick and efficient access to worldwide destinations.
Brighton provides a diverse range of industries for potential investors. These include tourism, digital media, software development, engineering services, education and healthcare. The city also has a thriving retail sector with many independent and high street stores located in its shopping districts.
Brighton’s population was estimated at 273,400 people in June 2019. This figure marks an increase of 6% since 2011.
The city has attracted substantial levels of investment over recent years. In 2018 alone, £1.2 billion was invested into Brighton’s economy, with major projects including a new shopping centre and conference centre. Major investments have also been made in transport infrastructure, with significant improvements to the city’s roads, cycle paths and public transport links.
In addition to this, several business parks have seen considerable development. These include New England Quarter, Waterfront West Quay and Preston Barracks.
Brighton’s legal history dates back to the 19th century when it was part of the County of Sussex. In 1835, a new county court and assize system were established in Brighton and the surrounding area. This marked a turning point in local law enforcement as it meant that cases could now be tried within the city rather than having to be sent off for trial elsewhere.
The town's courts were initially housed at various locations including the Town Hall and other public buildings. However, by 1840 they had become established in their own purpose-built building called The Old Law Courts. This structure remained in use until its demolition in 1959.
In the 19th century, Brighton became home to a number of legal professionals. The first recorded solicitor in Brighton was James Hunter, who practised law from 1819 until his death in 1833. William Denman followed and established a successful practice which lasted until 1868.
The next significant figure was George Dixon, who opened a practice in the town during the early 1830s. He is remembered for successfully defending two men accused of murdering their wives in an infamous case known as 'The Billingsgate Murders'. This propelled his practice into one of the most respected firms in Sussex.
The local government of Brighton and Hove underwent a series of changes throughout the 19th century. In 1830, it became part of the Municipal Borough of Brighton and Hove, which was established under the Municipal Corporations Act 1835. This allowed for the election of town councillors who would manage the town's affairs.
The borough also had its own police force and magistrates' court. The magistrates' court dealt with all minor criminal cases as well as handling civil disputes such as debt collection and landlord-tenant disputes.
In 1880, a new court was established in Hove called the County Court. This court dealt with more serious cases than the magistrates' court and was responsible for hearing appeals from lower courts.
The County Court also had jurisdiction over civil disputes and debt claims, as well as dealing with divorce petitions. It is still in operation today and has expanded to include four other local courts located in Sussex.
The police force of Brighton began life as a 'constabulary' (or night watch) in 1816. It had only a few members at first but gradually increased its numbers over time.
By the end of the 19th century, the force had grown to include over 200 officers and was responsible for policing an area from Worthing to Lewes. It also investigated serious cases such as murder and rape.
Today, Brighton remains a hub of legal activity in Sussex. The town's courts are still based in their original location at The Old Law Courts; however, they have been extensively refurbished and modernised since their 1835 establishment.
Brighton is also home to numerous solicitors' firms that offer a range of services including conveyancing, family law, wills and probate, litigation and commercial law. The town's police force continues to keep the peace in Brighton and Hove, with additional support from the Sussex Constabulary.
The area is also well served by several excellent universities offering courses in law and other legal disciplines. This ensures that the town remains a hub for legal talent, both now and into the future.