|Job Title||Trainee Solicitor|
|Reports to||Supervising Solicitor|
|Hours||Monday to Friday 9.30-5.30 , 35 hours|
Ealing Law Centre is an award winning and highly respected law centre, providing specialist legal advice and representation to our local community. We have built a strong reputation for innovation in our services. In addition to legal aid contracts in housing and immigration, we run projects at the local Foodbank, provide a Crisis Navigator service at Brentford County Court and a holistic service to clients who have overlapping housing and welfare benefits issues, thanks to grant funding from City Bridge Trust. We have been awarded a grant through the Legal Education Foundation and are looking to appoint a Justice First Fellow /Trainee Solicitor.
We are social justice lawyers fighting for the rights of our clients, through casework and by making sure their voices are heard in policy development. We are keen to make sure that we provide access to justice for our clients beyond the confines of the current legal aid contract.
This post is open to an LPC graduate and will suit a person who is committed to social welfare law. The role would be suitable for a person who has a particular interest in the addressing poverty, suffering and distress amongst the most marginalised members of our society.
The candidate will need excellent communication skills and have the ability to thrive as part of a small team. The role will involve training with our Housing, Immigration and Welfare Rights teams. We are soon be moving to be based in a local community library which will be an exciting new phase in the Law Centres’ development which will see us based right at the heart of the community.
For further information, visit our website.
Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Under supervision, take responsibility for the provision of legal advice and representation regarding housing and immigration law and practice and related welfare law.
To be responsible for the delivery of advice, casework, support and representation for clients from the London Borough of Ealing and neighbouring boroughs.
To work in partnership with community venues, advice agencies and other agencies to ensure the needs of local people are met and that social policy work is co-ordinated to prevent problems occurring wherever possible.
Essential (E) or Desirable (D)
|1.||Undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above; to have successfully completed the Legal Practice Course by the commencement of the training contract.||E|
|2.||Good understanding of social welfare law and experience of working in the areas of housing, immigration and asylum, and/or welfare benefits.||E|
|3.||Understanding of the issues affecting low income communities as well as the needs of specific client groups||D|
|4.||An understanding of legal aid and the impact of cuts to legal aid on access to justice.||D|
|5.||An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities issues and its relevance to legal advice.||E|
|6.||Ability to communicate effectively with the law centre`s client group.||E|
|7.||Excellent communication skills (written, spoken and telephone)||E|
|8.||Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.||E|
|9.||Ability to work as part of a team.||E|
|10.||Ability to use own initiative.||E|
|11.||Ability to speak another language relevant to our client base||D|
|12.||Excellent IT skills||D|
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