Helen Roberts, Justice First Fellow at The Speakeasy Advice Centre in Cardiff, tells Solicitors Journal how she and her colleagues are working to tackle one of society’s greatest crises, by using the law to keep people in their homes.
The article, which can be seen below, was first published in Solicitors Journal on 14th August 2017 and is reproduced by kind permission.
Applications for 15 new Justice First Fellows open 14 August 2017
August 9, 2017
Liberty, Deighton Pierce Glynn, Govan Law Centre, and North Kensington Law Centre among 2017 host organisations.
This year, The Legal Education Foundation is funding 15 trainee solicitor posts at law centres, private practice firms, and specialist legal charities around the country, as part of its groundbreaking Justice First Fellowship scheme (see full list of 2017 host organisations, below).
The Fellowship scheme was launched by TLEF in 2014, to create social welfare lawyers who are equipped to become future leaders of the profession.
Successful applicants must have completed their Legal Practice Course (or equivalent), and be able to demonstrate strong commitment to social justice.
As well as completing their solicitor qualification at a leading social justice organisation, Fellows receive additional training in key skills, such as business planning, fund raising, and communications. They will also have responsibility for an individual project, aimed at increasing access to justice.
The Fellowship scheme is now into its fourth year, and the first eight Fellows qualified as solicitors in January 2017.
Four years in, and the Justice First Fellowship scheme is building exactly the kind of momentum in the sector that we were hoping for. After this recruitment round, there will be 50 solicitor and barrister Fellows in some of the most committed and highly-respected social justice organisations in the country. Their work is starting to make a significant difference to their communities and the social welfare law sector, which has been under sustained pressure over many years. Our first intake of Fellows are all now working as solicitors and making full use of the skills and knowledge the scheme has equipped them with.
2017 Justice First Fellowship trainee solicitor hosts
Gay Men are still being Blighted by Historic Sex Offence Convictions
August 3, 2017
Writing for The Times Brief, Katy Watts, Justice First Fellow at Public Law Project, explains why the lives of gay men are still being blighted by convictions for historic sex offences and calls on Home Secretary Amber Rudd to act to end this injustice by widening the scope of the so-called 'Alan Turing law'.
The article can be read here, although it is behind the Times paywall.