|Job Title||Justice First Fellowship Trainee Solicitor|
|Reports to||The Chief Officer who is our Solicitors Regulation Authority Training Principal|
|Location||Barking and Dagenham – Barking Learning Centre or Barking & Dagenham HQ at 339 Heathway|
|Grade/Salary||£24500 per annum full-time (including Outer London Weighting) and rising by 3% in training year 2. Plus a 3% pension contribution in line with CABD’s auto enrolment pension policy.|
|Hours||37.5 hours per week (full time) Monday to Friday inclusive. Hours to be agreed between 09.00 and 18.00 - Fixed Term 2 Years|
|Interview Dates||Thursday 9th February 2023 & Friday 10th February 2023|
About Citizens Advice Barking & Dagenham (CABD) Citizens Advice Barking & Dagenham ‘CABD’: provides the advice people need for the problems they face improves the […]
About Citizens Advice Barking & Dagenham (CABD)
Citizens Advice Barking & Dagenham ‘CABD’:
Working in the most deprived Borough in London; every year we support thousands of people in need. Upstream our advice access team supports residents to manage their money, understand their housing or employment rights and navigate social security rules. Downstream, our specialist team focuses on casework and litigation to resolve multiple debts, homelessness, court evictions, employment claims, mandatory reconsiderations and appeals.
Welfare to work, austerity and legal aid cuts mean that local demand for our services and particularly specialist legal casework is high. The pandemic and Cost of Living Crisis is making things much harder for the people.
Our Research and Campaigns team routinely collects evidence to give people a voice and a chance to make things better.
CABD is a Centre of Legal Excellence and a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award finalist in 2018 and 2021. We employ a principal solicitor and experienced lawyers. Our first trainee solicitor qualifies this year. Our culture is inclusive and supportive, and our workforce is collectively committed to using the law to tackle poverty, discrimination & inequality.
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About the Justice First Fellowship Trainee Solicitor Post at Citizens Advice Barking & Dagenham
You will join an inclusive and supportive team of in-house lawyers and senior caseworkers who together specialise in housing, community care, welfare rights, employment and discrimination and debt law.
Working in the highest area of deprivation in London, you will have the opportunity to carry out a research, and campaigns project to gain deeper understanding of different and new ways to deliver access to justice.
You will already be passionate about social justice, a hard worker and team player. You will possess a strong commitment to learn all the skills and competencies needed to be a successful solicitor.
By the end of your 2-year training period with us, you will have the skills and expertise that will enable you to work as a solicitor in a social justice organisation of your choice. Whether this is with Citizens Advice, a Law Centre, private practice, specialist NGO or elsewhere.
Our training principal and senior solicitor will develop a training plan with you that builds on any existing experience, knowledge and interests you have and which will provide the tailored support, supervision and training you need to reach this goal. The Professional Skills Course modules is scheduled in as part of this plan.
This post is funded by the Legal Education Foundation as part of the Justice First Fellowship. This means that the post holder will benefit from additional support and guidance frameworks including peer support and linkage with the cohort of other JFF trainees employed at the other funded legal advice organisations.
Please read the job description and Person Specification below and the guidance for completing an application on the final page. Thank you for your interest in this post.
Job Description - Justice First Fellowship Trainee Solicitor
Context and Objectives of Role
The aim of this 2 year role is to ensure a structured traineeship where the post holder develops their individual practice and an ability to function well within a legal advice organization. Our aim is to ensure that by the end of the 2 year training period, the post holder will not only qualify as a solicitor. The post holder will also be market ready to work in a social justice organization of their choice; whether this is with Citizens Advice, a Law Centre, private practice, specialist NGO or elsewhere.
This will be achieved by carrying out the job description with a focus on incremental personal development in all key professional skills:
The development, training and experience above will be gained through working in at least three areas of law e.g. Housing, Debt, Welfare rights and/or Employment. Each area has a different manager/supervisor who will provide support and supervision for progression and ensure that you follow any project specific requirements. The CABD’s registered training principal and will design the plan with the post holder, and manage it throughout the traineeship. The principal will monitor and review with the trainee, their progress to the plan. Mentoring will also be given to enable trainee reflection, identify and solve any barriers to progression. The plan will be tailored to incorporate an analysis of prior skills, experience and personal interests of the trainee as that relates to our casework areas which in themselves are tied to pre-existing business and development planning needs During the period of the traineeship, the trainee will have the opportunity to carry out a research and campaigns project to gain deeper understanding of different ways of delivering access to justice. The trainee will be expected to take the Professional Skills Course and any mandatory exams at an appropriate stage during the period of the traineeship, for which time off for study and training courses will be provided. Responsible to: The SRA Registered Training Principal Key relationships: Managers and Supervisors of advice areas in which the trainee will work Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week (full time) Monday to Friday inclusive. Hours to be agreed between 9.00am and 6.00pm Salary: £24500 per annum full-time (including Outer London Weighting) and rising by 3% in training year 2. Plus a 3% pension contribution in line with CABD’s auto enrolment pension policy.
1. Advice and Casework
Provide advice, casework and representation under supervision: -
2. Research and Campaigns
3. Professional Development
5. Public relations
6. Other duties and responsibilities
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