Job ads: Greenwich, Edinburgh/Glasgow, Plymouth

Greenwich Housing Rights

Director

£46,000 to £50,000 (depending on experience) plus 5% pension contribution
30 days annual leave
35 hours per week

Greenwich Housing Rights is seeking a Director with significant experience of developing and delivering sustainable Legal Aid funded services, to take the organisation on its next stage of development.  This new Director post will lead on establishing our Legal Aid contract in the London Borough of Bromley and on securing the LAA contract for the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) in Bromley when this is tendered.

Closing date for applications – Tuesday the 25th of September (10.00am)
Interviews – week commencing 8th of October 2018

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this position further please contact The GHR Chair, Siraj Choudhury, by email at chair@grhr.co.uk.

For an application pack, please call 0208 855 7368 or email peter.okali@grhr.co.uk.

 


Shelter Scotland

Solicitor

Glasgow or Edinburgh

£32,922-£35,505 pa + excellent benefits

Fixed term contract until September 2019

Closing date-Sunday 2 October 2018 at 11.30 pm.

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 details and how to apply see 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.

 


Shelter

Paralegal

£22,066 pa plus excellent benefits

Plymouth

Closing date: 24 September 2018 at 11.30pm

Interview date: 1 October 2018

We’re looking for a results-driven, commercially aware individual to join our efficient legal team in Plymouth as a Paralegal. While direct experience of housing advice or litigation would be ideal, we are more interested in your intellectual aptitude and ability to solve problems.

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 Plymouth 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 defending possession, homelessness and unlawful eviction.

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 solicitors 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. 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

You’ll 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.

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.

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.

About Giles Peaker

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, and still is Nearly Legal on Google +.
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