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Central England Law Centre

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

Our established and well respected Coventry Housing team is expanding to establish a new service in Birmingham. We have been awarded a legal aid contract in housing for Birmingham and we have funding from the Oak Foundation’s Housing and Homelessness Programme. Our Birmingham office has grown rapidly since it opened 2013 and we are now able to offer expertise in welfare benefits, debt, community care, immigration and public law.

Birmingham has seen a rise in rough sleeping of more 600% in recent years and more than 20,000 households in Birmingham each year present homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. Our office is in the second most deprived neighbourhood in Birmingham, where the migrant population is 76%.

So there is much to do! We are seeking a highly motivated, experienced solicitor/caseworker to establish our new service; someone 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 may be submitted by post or by email to

 Closing date:   Friday 15thJune 2018

Interviews will be held on  Thursday 21stJune 2018

We strive to be an equal opportunities employer.




£21,015 – £22,066 per annum plus excellent benefits

9 Month fixed term contract (Maternity cover)


Closing date: 12 June 2018 at 11.30pm

Interview date: w/c 18 June 2018

We’re looking for a client-focused individual, ideally with experience of providing housing advice or litigation, to join us as a Paralegal and deliver a specialist casework service in housing law for our clients.

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 Bristol operates a dynamic city centre hub offering a range of holistic advice and support services to a diverse range of clients, including legal advice and representation and housing related support services. We specialise in housing, welfare benefits and debt.

About the Role
A great chance to help us ensure we provide our clients with a full service, you’ll carry an active caseload and assist the solicitor to maintain their own active litigation caseload. This will enable homeless people, as well as those with housing and related problems, to enforce their existing rights.  As well as getting involved in litigation in test and lead cases and taking cases to judicial review, we’ll rely on you to apply for funding too. Taking instructions and witness statements, drafting letters, making applications, providing court representation – you’ll do all of this. And when it comes to making sure time recording and income targets are met, again we’ll count on you to deliver.

About you

Some relevant experience, possibly including working under legal aid contracts, would be an advantage. You’ll definitely need an intellectual aptitude and excellent critical reasoning skills, not to mention the ability to provide a good standard of professional service and client care. Proactive, results-driven and commercially aware, you enjoy collaborating as part of a team, respond quickly and positively to change and are not afraid to challenge the status quo and introduce new ideas when appropriate. What’s more, you’re a great listener – someone who, having taken the facts into account, is able to communicate their thoughts clearly both in writing and face-to-face. Proficiency using case management systems and Microsoft Office applications is also essential, with good typing skills preferred.


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.

 Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

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.

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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