We want to live in a country in which immigration law and policy are based on sound evidence, promote the rule of law and are underpinned by respect for human rights and human dignity. In which no individual or family is made vulnerable or destitute or faces the denial of fundamental human rights as a result of immigration law or its application.
We want to live in a country in which the benefits of migration are celebrated and shared, with no community, migrant or non-migrant, left behind. And a country in which diverse communities are also cohesive and stable communities. In which the politics of migration do not rely on or fuel fear, division and animosity.
We particularly welcome applications from individuals with experience of migration and/or a refugee background.
JCWI are a small charity but we punch above our weight. We work toward this vision of a better Britain by:
Challenging unjust laws and practices that restrict rights and lead to discrimination;
Influencing the debate on migration and fighting against the politics of hate and fear;
Supporting vulnerable individuals & families with reliable, high-quality legal advice;
Improving the quality of advice elsewhere through training and capacity building;
Building and supporting progressive movements at the grassroots and at the national level.
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To pursue a training contract and qualify as a solicitor whilst contributing to JCWI’s core values.
Provide legal advice and undertake casework in accordance with:
The Law Society’s standards of professional conduct;
Policies, procedures & practices outlined in JCWI’s casework manual;
The Legal Aid Agencies standard contract & specification;
Support the provision of telephone advice line and outreach services;
Maintain a balanced caseload of private, legal aid, controlled and certificated files;
Maintain accurate time records using JCWI’s Case Management System (Advice Pro);
Ensure prompt & accurate billing of all files, with support from administrative staff;
Work with JCWI’s Policy, Communications and Campaigns staff to identify and understand emerging issues in immigration law & policy, develop opportunities for litigation, advocacy or communications work and, where appropriate, to support and develop clients’ capacity to engage in and lead campaigning and communications activities;
Represent JCWI in the media and at external meetings, where appropriate;
Attend weekly team meetings and monthly staff meetings.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, with proven ability to communicate information clearly and succinctly;
Experience of managing caseloads;
Excellent negotiation, advocacy and interpersonal skills;
Ability to use IT systems for research and case recording;
Ability to work proactively, to prioritise effectively and to meet clients’ needs, with well-developed time management skills;
Experience of working with vulnerable individuals;
Demonstrable understanding of the immigration and asylum system and the unique difficulties faced by individuals exposed to that system;
Understanding of, and commitment to, the values of JCWI.
Experience of working in a law firm;
An IAAS accreditation;
Lived experience of the United Kingdom’s immigration system.