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Job ad – Bournemouth


£32,119-£34,639 pa, plus excellent benefits

Closing date: 11 May 2017 (at 11.30pm)

We’re looking for an accomplished housing Solicitor to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, to represent homeless people or people in housing need.

If you want to experience housing litigation at the cutting edge including stopping evictions, dealing with disrepair and illegal eviction and challenging public authorities to deliver their duties to the homeless, consider a move to Shelter. We provide the ideal environment in which to develop the expertise to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law.

Applications will be considered from those with experience within no win no fee work or Personal Injury and have an interest in developing in the field of housing litigation.

Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, the possibility of flexible working and significant opportunities for learning and development.

Your key responsibilities:
• Provide a specialist legal casework service in housing law
• Maintain an active caseload which involves litigation to enable those who are in housing need, including those who are homeless, to enforce their legal rights and challenge the limits of the law
• Provide technical supervision and line management to others
• Provide consultancy work as required
• Ensure funding is maximised on each case
• Ensure all work meets the contractual requirements of the Legal Aid Agency and any other funder
• Support the development of Shelter’s policy and legislative responses and provide training to staff on housing law and court procedure.

And what we would like:
• Experience of housing litigation including representation in court on behalf of homeless people or people in housing need
• Sound knowledge of legal aid work, including legal representation and legal help
• 2013 SQM supervisor standard in housing
• Substantial experience of handling a wide range of housing cases (public and private sector)
• Demonstrable record of meeting financial targets
• A real client focus, excellent relationship building, networking and influencing skills, lots of integrity and a genuine respect for other people’s opinions.

For more details and to apply, see the website.

Shelter is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of clients, in particular children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expects all staff, workers and volunteers to share this commitment.

At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.

We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

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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