|Job Title||Trainee Solicitor|
|Reports to||Senior Solicitor|
|Grade/Salary||£26,500 (year 1)
£27,500 (year 2)
|Hours||35 hours per week|
If you think that decent housing is a fundamental human need and right, and are prepared to help us fight to end the blight of homelessness, poor living conditions, discrimination and the threat of eviction to people living in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the surrounding areas, please read on………Based in Woolwich and Bromley, Greenwich Housing rights is a specialist housing charity, representing local people facing eviction and homelessness. We have delivered high quality legal services for over 37 years. We represent clients at court, provide litigation services and through our helpline, telephone and online services and network of local hubs, we provide expert information, advice and support to people in housing crisis. Alongside this, we are committed to tackling the root causes of our client’s housing problems through wider campaigning and policy work.
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 housing rights of the people of Greenwich and the surrounding areas through litigation services, casework and advice. 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 (or equivalent) and will suit anyone committed to social welfare law and an interest in the addressing poverty, suffering and distress amongst the most marginalised members of our society.
The candidate will need excellent communication and IT skills and a competence in the use of social media. The candidate must have the ability to thrive as part of a small team.
Through high qualify training and support from our experienced solicitors and caseworkers the candidate will be provided with a broad range of experiences and the support required to develop legal practice skills and expertise in housing law and other areas of social welfare law.
For further information, visit our website.
Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to email@example.com
The main purpose of this role is to deliver highly specialised legal advice, casework and litigation services to our client group.
Our clients have complex needs and present with interconnected legal issues. Our solicitors, trainees and caseworkers therefore take a multidisciplinary approach to resolving legal problems and ensure that clients have access to a wide range of advice and support services. While the post-holder will concentrate on delivering legal services, s/he will also be expected to contribute to the review and development of support services, policy work and public legal education.
The trainee will work under the direct supervision of a Senior Solicitor but will also benefit from the support of our experienced team of solicitors and caseworkers.
As GHR is a specialist housing organisation, the trainee will be provided with a broad range of experiences and the support required to develop legal practice skills and expertise in housing law and other areas of social welfare law. The trainee will have ready access to experienced, welfare benefits, employment and immigration law practitioners through our partnership with Plumstead Community Law Centre (PCLC).
To provide the Trainee Solicitor with the opportunity to develop, practice and gain experience in housing law and related social welfare law disciplines:
A. Legal Aid Services
B. Training and Professional Development
C. Policy & Partnership Work
D. Project Work
The ideal candidate will have the following qualities:
Essential (E) or Desirable (D)
|1.||Successful completion of the Legal Practice Course or relevant experience in legal environment||E|
|2.||Commitment to Social Welfare law, upholding human rights and providing support for disadvantaged members of society||E|
|3.||Understanding of some of the issues facing disadvantaged local residents||E|
|4.||An understanding of and commitment to equal opportunities issues and its relevance to legal advice||E|
|5.||Self-motivated with excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and manage a busy workload to work under pressure and meet deadlines||E|
|6.||Ability to express clearly and accurately both written and spoken word||E|
|7.||Ability to accurately interpret information and follow instructions||E|
|8.||Willingness to acquire knowledge of housing law and develop expertise in that field||E|
|9.||Strong in the use of IT systems, proficiency with Word programmes and Social Media and the ability to use online and written resources to research law||E|
|10.||Experience of teamwork||E|
|11.||Willingness to familiarise yourself with legal aid requirements and procedures||D|
|12.||A sound understanding of the role of the voluntary sector and the challenges faced by the not-for-profit legal advice providers||D|
|13.||Experience of working or volunteering in a community sector organisation||D|
|14.||Experience of working under the legal aid scheme (Legal Help and certificated) and the exercise of delegated functions||D|
|15.||Experience of County Court litigation including advocacy||D|
|16.||Experience of Welfare Benefits/housing advice||D|
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