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By J

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Shepherds Bush Housing Association

A community focused housing association, SBHA strives to be recognised as the best in London for our homes and services. We’ve embarked on an exciting journey of transformational change and as part of this, we are improving how we deliver services to residents on our mixed schemes. 

We are recruiting a Housing Legal Caseworker who will be responsible for providing legal support to Housing Services by managing the ASB, subletting, failed succession and disrepair cases. The role will work with the various teams within Housing Services and Direct Assets Directorates and will help to train and enable staff to develop increased internal capacity and ability to manage such cases.

To succeed in this role, you must have a Law Degree, Legal Exec (CILEx) or equivalent. You will either be an experienced paralegal with excellent and up to date knowledge of housing law and related areas (environmental health, Equality Act, etc.), or a junior solicitor with 0-3 years PQE in a related area such as social services or welfare advice, looking to move into housing law and willing to learn.

Key Responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Advise on preparation of Notice Seeking Possession, draft particulars of claim, collating evidence, preparing witness statements, consent orders and responses to stay applications, making applications for injunctions and preparing and reviewing any other court paperwork as required.
  • Personally represent and advocate on behalf of SBHA in court on a range of housing and property management issues. Instruct and liaise with solicitors and barristers and negotiate with defence solicitors where required.
  • To train, enable and empower staff in Housing Services to better manage early intervention in cases wherever possible.
  • To support the delivery of 100% statutory compliance and ensure policies and procedures are up to date.
  • To support the Legal Partner, Team Managers and the Head of Housing Services when required to ensure a high quality housing management service is maintained; cases are effectively managed and appropriate legal action is taken as necessary and when required.
  • Ensure all targets and key performance indicators are met.

Benefits of working at SBHA:

  • Competitive salary of £27,500
  • 25 days annual leave rising with service
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • Simply Health cash plan and a choice of flexible benefits.
  • An engaging working environment
  • Complimentary Well-Being initiatives
  • Exciting opportunities for learning and career development

The post is a secondment cover and will be for a fixed term period, initially for 6 months with the view to extend or made permanent if performance exceeds expectation.

If you feel that this could be the role for you then please upload your CV and complete our short online application.

Closing Date: 18 October 2017


Managing Solicitor

£43,128 pa plus excellent benefits

London EC1

Closing date: Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 11.30pm  

We’re looking for an experienced Managing Solicitor who will successfully lead our London team in providing a viable, high quality legal service to homeless people and other people in housing need.

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 Legal Services team has an enviable national reputation for excellence in the provision of housing law. As well as providing casework services for individual clients and internal consultancy, we support the organisational priorities of policy and campaigning on housing law and access to justice issues. We are committed to continuous improvement to meet the demands arising out of the external environment including legal aid reform. You will form part of our wider London Legal Services and London Hub team currently based in three London offices in Islington, Hackney and Newham and two outer London offices in Crawley and Slough.

About the Role:

As Managing Solicitor, you’ll be responsible for managing, supervising, supporting and developing a team of solicitors, advisers and support staff, providing a specialist legal casework service in housing law, including litigation and consultancy. Making sure we deliver high quality legal work and maximise income generation and liaising with colleagues across Shelter to guarantee the effective delivery of our services.

About you

With substantial experience of handling a wide range of housing cases, both public and private sector, you will have an in-depth knowledge of issues like homelessness, security of tenure and possessions proceedings as well as  Legal Aid supervisor status in housing. The ability to manage teams to achieve targets, good communication skills and problem solving skills are also essential.

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

For further information about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website.

We shortlist applicants for interview by matching the details given on the completed application form against both the role description and the person specification. We’ll be looking for clear evidence to show that your experience, skills and knowledge match those set out in the person specification and role description.  All parts of the role description and person specification should be clearly addressed in the questionnaire section as indicated, as information not given or not made explicit on the application form cannot be taken into account in the shortlisting process.  Please note that CVs are not accepted.

We will support you throughout the recruitment process with any reasonable adjustments required in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act. Please contact the Recruitment Team if you require support.

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

J is a barrister. He considers housing law to be the single greatest kind of law known to humankind and finds it very odd that so few people share this view.


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