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Coventry Law Centre

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 or email

Birmingham City University

Funded PhD

Housing and Dispute Resolution: social wellbeing and bottom up forms of community engagement

The housing crisis across much of Europe, and indeed other parts of the world, shows no sign of abating. The issue is particularly pressing in high-density urban settlements where the further problems of low income, immigration and lack of community engagement are often found. The solution is often deemed simply to be more housing, but this is often not achievable especially in the short term. There are further issues that are intimately linked to urban housing including anti-social behaviour and the creation of sustainable communities. Rather then than focussing purely on material housing it is a question on focussing on tenant wellbeing through empowerment and engagement.

This PhD will be based around an empirical study of the attitudes and perspectives of tenants in urban Birmingham. It will also seek to examine the views of key stakeholders such as housing associations, charities and legal experts. It aims to consider the question of housing from a social science perspective by considering the concept of ontological security and drawing on geographical theory in attempting to examine the sense of place.

The candidate:

Candidates should have a good first degree (2:1 or above) and ideally a Masters and experience of qualitative research would be helpful. Candidates must be able to demonstrate good communication skills, both for undertaking the research and disseminating its results. We also expect him/her to contribute to BSBE’s overall strategy of exploring cutting edge practices and research informed teaching.

For further information and informal enquiries please contact Julian Sidoli del Ceno (

Giles Peaker is a solicitor and partner in the Housing and Public Law team at Anthony Gold Solicitors in South London. You can find him on Linkedin and on Twitter. Known as NL round these parts.


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