|Job Title||Trainee Solicitor|
|Reports to||Housing Solicitor|
|Grade/Salary||Scale 6 points 26-28 £22,911|
|Hours||35 per week|
Greater Manchester Law Centre started as a protest against cuts and closures. More and more people are experiencing benefits cuts and sanctions, homelessness and escalating racism. The hostile environment affects both claimants and migrants. The survivors of Grenfell are entitled to justice.
We have been open to the public for three years, providing a welcoming face-to-face service and legal advice. Young social welfare lawyers have few places to practise. The people most in need of legal representation are least likely to be able to find – or afford – a lawyer. We are committed to developing a new generation of social welfare lawyers and welcome the exciting opportunity to train a JFF trainee solicitor from January 2020.
But while we work with individuals, we have to challenge the policies which produce the hardships they and many others are facing in the first place. That is why we set out our purpose in our recently launched manifesto “Fighting Together for Free Access to Justice” promoting both challenges to government policy and improvements to advice and representation needed to make legal aid a reality and to empower those who are most affected.
For further information, visit our website.
Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to KathleenCosgrove@gmlaw.org.uk
The main purpose of this post is to provide the opportunity to successfully complete a Training Contract with Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) in order to qualify as a solicitor, and in doing so enhance our capacity to advise and represent people in their housing, welfare beneits, and public law cases.
The post carries with it the opportunity to identify a project which will develop an area of work with the aim of increasing access to justice. This may include an area that has been removed from scope of legal aid and where ‘access to justice’ for those most affected has been undermined. It can also involve the opportunity to work with other voluntary organisations.
The items listed below are not in the order of importance.
|1||SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Essential)|
|1.1||Have good interpersonal skills:-
|1.2||Be adaptable and able to work in a busy environment and work well under pressure|
|1.3||Be able to manage assigned tasks in an efficient and timely manner|
|1.4||Be able to conduct casework and organise and maintain case files|
|1.5||Be able to use case management systems|
|1.6||Be able to research different areas/ new points law and maintain an up to date knowledge of housing, welfare benefits and public law.|
|1.7||Be able to develop new ideas and relationships with different organisations|
|1.8||Be able to act as advocate at Tribunal/ Court hearings|
|1.9||Be able to prepare written reports for a variety of audiences|
|1.10||Be able to develop training material and to deliver training/presentations|
|2||KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING|
|2.1||Have an interest in (essential) and working knowledge of (desirable) social welfare, housing and public law/human rights law and practice|
|2.2||Have an interest in (essential) and working knowledge of (desirable) working within the Legal Aid or voluntary advice sector|
|2.5||Have an understanding of equal opportunities and anti discriminatory principles and be able to apply them when dealing with clients and colleagues (essential)|
|3.1||Experience of conducting advice work/ casework (desirable)|
|3.2||Experience of resolving housing/social welfare legal issues (desirable)|
|3.3||Experience of working with clients in crisis (desirable)|
|Experience of working together with other organisations and/or campaigning (desirable)|
|4||QUALIFICATIONS (It is essential that the candidate has successfully completed the LPC)|
|4.1||A high standard of academic achievement and preferably a 2:1 or better at degree level (desirable)|
|4.2||LPC at commendation level or better (desirable)|
|5.1||Have a commitment to the principles set out in the GMLC manifesto (essential)|
|5.3||Willingness to work in line with GMLC’s confidentiality policy (essential)|
|5.4||Willingness to operate procedures as set down in the GMLC Quality manual (essential)|
|5.5||Be able and willing to work occasional evenings and weekends (desirable)|
|5.7||Willingness to undertake a DBS check (essential)|
Candidates will be assessed against the person specification using the essential criteria. If the resulting short list produces too many candidates views then those on the list will be reassessed using both essential and non essential criteria.
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