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Turpin and Miller LLP/ Launchpad Reading


Salary: According to experience

Full or part-time working considered

Turpin and Miller LLP and Launchpad Reading are embarking on an exciting new joint venture to help people in housing need in Reading. We are looking for a qualified solicitor with experience of handling a wide range of housing cases to provide advice and legal representation on both a pro bono basis and under Turpin and Miller’s legal aid contract.

Turpin and Miller LLP

Turpin and Miller LLP are solicitors in Reading and Oxford with athriving legal aid practice in all our areas of work.  We won the prestigious “Legal Aid firm of the Year” award in 2012.  We have been delivering high quality housing advice and representation to vulnerable clients for over 15 years and work closely with local advice and support agencies to deliver the best possible service for our clients. We are a friendly firm offering flexible working

Launchpad Reading

Launchpad is a charity that helps some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around and fulfil their potential.

We provide three services to prevent homelessness in Reading:

Housing with support. We can house 140 people and with individual targeted support we help people to get their lives back on track. Last year we housed and helped 177 people providing over 10,700 hours of support.

Preventing homelessness. Our Floating Support service is for anyone in unsuitable accommodation or at risk of becoming homeless, supporting over 400 Reading people a year, 25% of whom are vulnerable families.

Drop-in. Our Drop-in service is for anyone in Reading who needs housing or homelessness related advice. We can help prevent a problem becoming a crisis. Last year over 700 people came to our drop-in for advice, guidance and support.

We began as a soup kitchen in 1979 and used to be known as Reading Single Homeless Project until 2011. Today, we’re called Launchpad Reading. Based in bright premises in central Reading, we provide accommodation, support and education to people in the town who need our help.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity for the right person to work across the public and private sectors helping vulnerable people in housing need.  Based mainly in Launchpad’s offices in Reading, you will provide advice, assistance and representation at court to clients across a broad range of housing issues including homelessness, possession proceedings and disrepair. You will work under the supervision and support of an experienced housing lawyer and will divide your time evenly between work for each organisation.

You will have excellent listening, communication and problem-solving skills and a passion for helping vulnerable people in housing need. You will ideally have knowledge of publicly funded Legal Aid work, including legal representation and legal help.

Please submit a CV and covering letter to Laura Coyle at

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Monday 4 June 2018


Hopkin Murray Beskine

Family, housing and public law specialists

Vacancy – Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor

Hopkin Murray Beskine have a vacancy for a paralegal to assist in our busy family and/or housing and public law team, commencing in September 2018.

We are a long established North London firm with clients from across London and beyond, who come to us because of our expertise in family, housing and public law. We have a thriving legal aid practice together with an increasing volume of privately funded cases. We are recommended by the Chambers UK Guide and Legal 500.

We are looking for candidates with an interest in family law work and/or public law and housing work. We provide a collaborative workplace where you will be well supported and supervised by experienced lawyers and have the opportunity to work on a variety of different cases. We invest time in our paralegals, because we hope that those who want to become solicitors will go on to training contracts with us, and those who want to go to the bar or pursue other legal careers will take away valuable relevant skills and experience. In recent years, all of our paralegals who wished to become trainee solicitors have been offered training contracts.

The work carried out by the family law team includes care proceedings, privately funded financial remedy proceedings, contact and residence disputes, and international child abduction in the High Court. Paralegals in the family team work in both our public and private law teams and on legally aided and privately funded cases. They play a key role in our busy domestic violence injunction service including regular sessions at a local domestic violence centre.

Paralegals in our housing and public law team support solicitors in a range of interesting work, including judicial review, housing possession and disrepair claims in the County Court, illegal eviction, and homelessness challenges and appeals. Paralegals have a varied role, from helping with the County Court duty possession scheme to preparing cases for the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The team regularly undertakes high-profile strategic litigation.

You will be expected to work hard, be flexible, produce excellent written work and establish relationships with a range of clients, from privately paying clients to vulnerable homeless people. We expect applicants to have a law degree or to have completed the CPE/GDL. Previous relevant experience is desirable but not essential.

The appointments will be for a fixed term of one year, starting in September 2018. For candidates who have completed the Legal Practice Course, this will be with a view to a training contract commencing after a year if performance meets expectations.

Closing date: 5pm on Thursday 7thJune 2018

Please note that we will be holding interviews for shortlisted applicants on Thursday 28thJune 2018.

To apply to join our enthusiastic and successful team, download our application pack at

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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