03/09/2014 - 26/09/2014

Practice Area: Housing

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

Job Type: Housing Caseworker/Solicitor

Employment Type: Permanent Full Time

Salary:Negotiable up to £29,410 (caseworker) or £31,942 (solicitor) based on experience

Closing Date: 10.00am, Friday 26th September 2014

Interview Date: 10.00am, Monday 6th October 2014

Job Description:

With a reputation for excellence, we provide specialist legal advice & representation to combat disadvantage, discrimination and exclusion. We also influence local and national policy to improve public services for the most vulnerable - we use the law to achieve change.

We cover nine areas of social welfare law and we hold a Legal Aid contract in Housing in Coventry. We are also contracted to operate the Housing Duty Solicitor Scheme at Coventry Combined Court.

If you are motivated by the chance to make a difference and would like to work in a team that combines specialist knowledge of housing law and be at the forefront of the provision of specialist legal advice in a unique setting.

We are seeking a caseworker ideally with experience of housing law and experience of handling a caseload although we are prepared to train you if you demonstrate the necessary skills and attributes.  You will be part of a team that is trying to make a difference. 

You will handle a manageable caseload, but in addition will be expected to spend some of your time on other work, such as seeking to influence policy within local government and public services and working with voluntary organisations and others to increase awareness of legal rights.

We operate from city centre offices, and our terms and conditions include 28 days holiday plus 8 statutory days, flexible working hours and pension scheme membership.

For an application pack go to www.covlaw.org.uk/jobs/current.html or email recruitment@covlaw.org.uk

03/09/2014 - 22/09/2014

Solicitor - the Migrants' Law Project.

28 hours per week. Salary range £30,622 to £35,371 (pro rata)

The Migrants Law Project, a specialist public law and public legal education project based at Islington Law Centre, is seeking a part-time solicitor.

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic solicitor to provide advice and representation to organisations and individuals seeking to undertake public law challenges in the field of asylum and immigration law.  Then, where necessary, intervening in cases and litigating.  The role also involves provision of training on strategic litigation to a range of actors in the sector, coordinating the MLP forum, supporting outreach, fundraising work and supporting the management of the project.

Candidates should have some experience of complex casework, delivering training and a commitment to upholding the human rights of asylum seekers, migrants, and refugees. 

Applications are welcomed from practitioners that are not yet accredited to undertake asylum and immigration work, provided that they have an interest in this area and are willing and able to obtain accreditation. For more information, please visit http://themigrantslawproject.org/contact-us/vacancies/

The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 22nd September

Interviews will be held on Friday 10th October. Please note no other dates are available. 

Head of Legal Practice (Full Time)

South West London Law Centres
27/08/2014 - 22/09/2014

South West London Law Centres (SWLLC), one of the largest and most progressive Law
Centres in the country, is seeking an experienced solicitor to join the Senior Management
Team as its new Head of Legal Practice.

This is a permanent full-time position with a salary of up to £39,975 p.a. including Inner London Weighting (NJC Scale 43), reporting to the Law Centres' CEO. The position is currently based in Wandsworth but will in the future move to East Croydon.

SWLLC’s Head of Legal Practice position was created in 2013 to oversee the work and
practice of 20 caseworkers and line manage our department team leaders. This post is
heavily management biased, split approximately 50% management and 50% casework,
and requires strong, effective supportive leadership and communication skills.

You will need extensive knowledge of all aspects of legal aid and understand the importance of billing and maximising the income from the work we do. For some areas where legal aid is no longer available we have started charging affordable fixed fees, and so private practice experience would be beneficial.

The successful candidate will be an experienced solicitor with at least two years significant experience of project co-ordination or management at a senior level, and be able to demonstrate a commitment to the role of Law Centres in promoting access to justice and knowledge of the legal/advice sector.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 22nd September and interviews are due to take place the following week. The post is available for an immediate start. If you would like to discuss the post further, please contact Patrick Marples by email to
patrick.marples@swllc.org or calling on 0208 772 7051 / 0208 767 2777.

Applications should be made on our application form available from SWLLC's web site at