|Job Title||Trainee Solicitor|
|Department||All, with an emphasis on Housing, Debt and Employment in rotation|
|Reports to||Senior Solicitor|
|Hours||35 hours per week|
We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee and are run as a not-for-profit agency. Our purpose is to provide access to justice for disadvantaged communities through the provision of specialist, accessible free and low cost legal advice and representation to individuals and groups in Derbyshire. The Law Centre specialises in Housing, Debt, Employment, Immigration and Discrimination law. We do not represent landlords, employers or creditors. We are the only Legal Aid Contract holders in Derbyshire for Housing and Debt, and Discrimination. We also have a number of funded projects at any one time, covering such areas as homeless prevention, employment rights, women and families with precarious immigration status, rights of EU citizens, for example. Our main office is in Chesterfield, but we offer appointments in several locations around the county. Our communities can be isolated and rural as well as ex-mining villages and industrial towns. Parts of Derbyshire are recorded as being of high economic deprivation.
We seek to work collaboratively with partners, rather than in competition and concentrate on those areas of work and communities where social exclusion is likely and access to justice difficult to obtain. We currently employ 28 members of staff, made up of 4 solicitors, a CILEX member, experienced caseworkers, paralegals, co-ordinators, admin support and a volunteer telephone assessment team. We operate a flat management structure, where team work, enthusiasm and consensus are critical to ensure our success. The Law Centre is overseen by a Management Committee, elected by the membership from the community, partner organisations and local authority funders.
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The post holder will be responsible to the Law Centre's Workers’ Group, working as a collective with responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Law Centre. The Workers’ Group is responsible to the management committee of the Law Centre. The post holder will work under the supervision of the senior solicitor and training principal, with day to day supervision by an Area of Law Supervisor for the unit in which the post holder is working.
To provide initial legal advice by telephone, in writing and in person on a wide range of legal issues as required.
To provide specialist legal services in agreed areas of law including interviewing and advising clients, researching the law, drafting, advocacy and negotiation, and representation in specified areas of law.
To participate in specialist area of law units including planning work around that area of law, accepting supervision of casework and undertaking training including completion of Law Society’s Professional Skills course.
To undertake post holder's own administration including maintaining adequate case records, maintaining a training record, dealing with legal aid issues and word processing.
To supervise, train and support volunteers as appropriate.
To provide talks and training to groups as appropriate.
To attend and participate in meetings as required, including Unit meetings, Workers’ Group, management committee and other relevant internal and external events.
To comply with DLC approved policies and procedures.
To undertake any other duties as agreed between the post holder and Workers’ Group or management committee.
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