£35,777 per annum pro rata
Closing date: Sunday 2nd June 2019 at 11.30 pm
Fixed term contract – Maternity cover until June 2020
We’re looking for a qualified Solicitor with experience of handling a wide range of housing cases, to join our London hub team and enable those in housing need to enforce their rights and challenge the limits of the law.
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.
Our legal services have an enviable national reputation for excellence in the provision of housing and community care law. This role is based at our London hub in Hackney: we also have bases in Newham and Islington. This is a great chance to use your expertise to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, including litigation and consultancy work, and you’ll also be part of the national legal services team at one of the UK’s leading charities.
About the Role
As a Solicitor you’ll take on a varied caseload that includes dealing with emergency cases and identifying and carrying out strategic litigation. We’ll also rely on you to provide consultancy work, technical supervision and delegate work to ensure it’s carried out efficiently and to the highest standard. Carrying out court representation, including at Housing Duty Possession Schemes, will be important too, as will ensuring funding is maximised on each case. And, when it comes to training and developing others, promoting our legal services or identifying referrals from internal and eternal sources, again, we’ll count on you to deliver.
You will be an experienced Solicitor or Barrister, used to working on public and private sector cases on issues including homelessness, security of tenure and possession proceedings, you also meet the 2013 SQM Supervisor standard in housing. What’s more, you have sound knowledge of publicly funded Legal Aid work, including legal representation and legal help. The ability to establish priorities and develop clear plans to achieve your goals is also required, as are excellent listening, communication and problem solving skills, sensitivity to the needs of others and a genuine interest in their views.
Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, the possibility of flexible working, enhanced family friendly policies and significant opportunities for learning and development.
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.
Luton Law Centre
We are recruiting a Housing Solicitor/Caseworker to join our small, friendly, team. A willingness to undertake other areas of law e.g. Community Care is an advantage.
This is an exciting opportunity for a committed and enthusiastic housing solicitor/caseworker to join our team. We are looking for someone who is fired by our ambition to assist people in need and who shares our values. A successful applicant must be willing to work hard, be imaginative, flexible, willing to extend their current skill set and above all, wants to make a difference.
Luton Law Centre was formed in 1989. Since then, we have been providing members of the local community with specialist legal advice. We are a small team of committed and passionate social welfare lawyers and caseworkers and are part of the Law Centre Network, which as a movement specialises in providing advice, casework and representation to the most disadvantaged members in the community.
We run a wide range of Housing cases covered by Legal Aid including a significant amount of representation work as part of the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme. Our Housing Caseworkers also provide advice through our specialist telephone advice line on a rota basis.
The post-holder(s) will be responsible for delivering our Housing Legal Aid Agency contract, participating in the rota for the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme, and for providing advice through our specialist telephone advice line.
We are seeking a candidate who can offer 35 hours per week. We are open to a job share and/or a certain degree of flexibility. Applicants should have a minimum of one year’s experience of Housing law – but does not necessarily need to be a qualified lawyer. Some training may be provided on the job.
The salary offered for this post is £25,000 – £28,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
Closing Date for Applications
Closing date for applications, 12 noon, Tuesday 28th May 2019
4th June 2019
How to Apply
You can download the Information Pack and the Application Form from http://www.lutonlawcentre.org.uk/caseworker-2/.
Alternatively, you can request the documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the office on 01582 482000.