The immigration team at Southwark Law Centre (SLC) deliver specialist legal advice and casework including appeals and judicial review. The need for their services has never been greater.
SLC have recently been awarded funding for a partnership project with Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL). AFRIL works with asylum seekers, refugees and migrants across Lewisham and south east London to support them to overcome their complex problems and integrate into the community. More details about AFRIL’s work can be found here: www.afril.org.uk. The majority of AFRIL’s client group are families with precarious immigration status.
The Immigration Solicitor/Caseworker will work with AFRIL’s Advice and Advocacy Officer to ensure that these families can resolve their immigration and wider issues, as well as building knowledge and understanding of immigration law and its implications for families across the borough.
The main aims of the project are:
- To work with the Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) team to provide advice and casework in the category of immigration, nationality and asylum law
- To work with AFRIL services to develop a holistic approach to wider issues affecting the client group such as housing and welfare benefits taking into account immigration issues.
- To work with AFRIL to develop and deliver capacity building in immigration law for the wider advice sector, including through the Lewisham Migration Forum
The successful applicant will have at least two years recent, professional experience of providing immigration casework in a legal or advice setting and Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Level 2 or higher.
You will also demonstrate experience of working on a Legal Aid immigration contract.
If the successful applicant is not a solicitor they will need to be regulated by the OISC. Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Level 2 exempts the caseworker in the asylum and protection category for OISC regulation but they will need to undertake OISC assessment exams at level one and three in the immigration category, if they have not already done so.
Staff are currently being encouraged to work from home and only attend the office to see clients, where absolutely necessary. If SLC are able to provide face to face support or move back to an office environment the post will be based in
The Leemore Community Hub Bonfield Road, London SE13 5EU
Terms and conditions include:
- Salary range: NJC scale SP 28-37 £34,127-£42,433 (pro rata) pay award pending
- Post funded for 2 years
- Excellent Pension Scheme
- Flexible working policy
- 30 days’ holiday plus bank holidays
Southwark Law Centre is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all who believe they fit the essential key skills and abilities required of the role. We encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.
For an informal discussion please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For an application pack please visit: www.southwarklawcentre.org.uk
Closing date for applications: Monday 9 November 2020 12.00 noon
Interviews by Zoom: Monday 16 November 2020