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Job ads – North Lancs, Folkstone, Plymouth.

Citizens Advice North Lancashire

Housing Solicitor Expressions of Interest

Citizens Advice North Lancashire are seeking expressions of interest for a fee earner with a keen interest in housing law.

Although experience in Legal Aid work is desirable it is not essential and the successful candidate will be able to take advantage of training and supervision from an experienced housing solicitor. Opportunities for shadowing and learning on the job will make this post varied, challenging and extremely satisfying.

The role is full-time but we can consider a job-share or reduced hours.

We are the only Legal Aid Housing practitioner in the Lancaster and Preston District and we are passionate in ensuring that our community has access-free specialist housing advice. You will focus on: possession claims (including the HPCDS rota in Blackpool, Preston and Lancaster), anti social behaviour injunctions, committals, warrants of possession, homelessness appeals, unlawful evictions, judicial reviews and disrepair.

● Hours: Full-time, 36.25 hours per week. Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. You will be able to work from the office and from home. There are opportunities for flexible working.
● Salary: £25K – £30K depending on experience
● Annual Leave: FTE staff: 20 days + Statutory 8 days with discretionary leave to be allocated by management (normally 5 days over Christmas) Pro rata for part-time employees
● Pension: auto enrolment

Closing date: 9am – Friday 4th June 2021

For an initial discussion please email: helend@northlancashirecab.org.uk with your contact number. Please include in the subject line ‘SOLICITOR RECRUITMENT’.

Please note that the successful candidate will be expected to work remotely during Covid-19 and from our Lancaster, Morecambe and Preston offices where required. All tools for the job will be provided, including full admin-support.


 

Shepway Citizens Advice

Solicitor
Job Vacancy 

Position: Solicitor

Location: Folkestone

Closing date: 4th June 2021

Salary: £35,000 – £40,000 (dependent on experience).

Hours per week: 37/Negotiable

Type of contract: Permanent, subject to LAA funding and contract requirements being met.

Interview date: w/b 11th June 2021

How to apply:  For an application pack email: Housing@citizensadviceshepway.org.uk or telephone 01303 661020.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Solicitor to join us leading our established Housing team. If you would like to make a real difference and help us to continue to provide access to justice for those with housing issues we would like to hear from you. You should have a minimum of 3 years PQE and preferably some housing law experience and experience of working under a Legal Aid contract. Based in Folkestone, but with some travel across East Kent, the focus of this post is to provide a high quality housing advice, casework and representation service to clients across Folkestone & Hythe and East Kent under our Legal Aid contract. This includes representing clients in court. This is a key role within our service which also delivers high level debt and benefits advice and assistance as well as advice in a wide range of other areas.

Citizens Advice Shepway helps people resolve their legal, money, housing and other problems by providing free, independent, confidential and impartial information and advice. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.

For an application pack email: Housing@citizensadviceshepway.org.uk or telephone 01303 661020.


 

Shelter

Paralegal

£23,847 pa + excellent benefits

Plymouth

Closing date: 3 June 2021 at 11.30pm.

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.

About Shelter
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

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.

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

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
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave (pro rata), enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

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.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

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.

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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