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Central England Law Centre

Housing Caseworker/Solicitor

Based at our Birmingham Office

Birmingham Community Law Centre, 97 Walford Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1NP

Salary negotiable up to £31,942 based on experience and qualifications

We seek an experienced caseworker to manage a specialist housing advice caseload.

Central England Law Centre is the UK’s largest Law Centre, with a national reputation for innovation and excellence in its legal practice.

Following the opening of an office in Birmingham in late 2013, Coventry Law Centre agreed a change to its name to create Central England Law Centre, comprising two ‘operating organisations’: Coventry Law Centre, whose activities focus on Coventry and Warwickshire, and Birmingham Community Law Centre, whose activities focus on Birmingham.

You will join our established and well respected Housing team and will be based at Birmingham Community Law Centre.  BCLC meets local community advice needs in the second most deprived neighbourhood in Birmingham, where the migrant population is 76%

The office has grown rapidly since 2013 and we are now able to offer expertise in welfare benefits, debt, community care, immigration and public law.

BCLC has just been awarded a legal aid contract in housing and we have funding from the Oak Foundation’s Housing and Homelessness Programme; so we have an exciting opportunity to establish a new housing service at BCLC. We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced solicitor/caseworker who is inspired by the opportunity to work as part of a team who are using legal solutions to improve lives in an area where many people are living with enduring poverty or disadvantage.

Terms and conditions include a 37 hour week, 28 days holiday plus 8 statutory days, and pension scheme membership.

For an application pack please email Applications may be submitted by post or by email to

Closing date:  10.00 am 20 February 2018.  Interviews will be held on 23 February  2018.   

We strive to be an equal opportunities employer.

Shelter Cymru

Post No: SC424

Job Title: Solicitor

Location:  Wrexham, Rhyl or Felinheli office

Hours: 17.5 hours per week

Salary: £29,948 per annum (pro rata)

Closing Date: 10am Thursday 1 March 2018

Interview Date: Monday 12 March 2018 (to be held in Wrexham)

Details of the post and application forms are available here.

Please return completed applications by email to or by post to, Human Resources, Shelter Cymru, PO Box 5002, Cardiff, CF5 3YY

Shelter Scotland


£32,922 – £35,505 per annum + excellent benefits
(Maternity cover – fixed term contract until February 2019)                             

Edinburgh or Glasgow

Closing date: 22 February 2018 (at 11.30pm)

Shelter Scotland is looking for a client-focused solicitor or barrister with relevant post-qualifying experience, to provide a specialist legal casework service in Housing Law, including litigation and consultancy work.

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million 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.

Part of the Advice Services provision within our Services section, The Scottish Housing Law Service is funded by the Scottish Government and Scottish Legal Aid Board and also receives income through legal aid casework. The team serves all of Scotland and is based in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. It consists of a Principal Solicitor, four Solicitors, two lay representatives, a Legal Administration Manager, Senior Administrator and an Administrative Assistant. Join us in this interesting maternity cover role and you could soon be providing legal advice and representation primarily to clients referred by our Advice Services and projects.

About the role

Your challenge will be to maintain an active caseload that enables homeless people, people with housing problems and those with problems relating to other specified area(s) of social welfare law to enforce their existing rights. This will involve litigation in test and lead cases and taking cases to judicial review. Carrying out follow-up casework and litigation, including research, will be important too, as will meeting work in progress and billing targets set by the management team. We’ll also rely on you to keep up-to-date with changes in legislation and case law and provide casework support to advisers via an advice line service. And, when it comes to supporting the development of our policy and legislative responses or providing training to staff on housing law and court procedure, again, we’ll look to you to play your part.

About you

You’ll need a proven post qualifying track record in housing law, including litigation and representing in court on behalf of homeless people or people in housing need. Practice experience of running community care, welfare benefits or debt cases would be useful too, although this is not essential. You must, however, have handled a wide range of housing cases (public and private sector) on issues including homelessness, security of tenure and possession proceedings. A sound knowledge of legal aid (publicly funded) work, including legal representation and legal help is also required, together with a proactive, results-driven approach, strong client-focus and excellent all round communication skills.

Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave (pro rata), 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.

Shelter Scotland 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 Scotland, 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.


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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