|Job Title||Trainee Solicitor|
|Department||Legal Team – Youth Justice (Crime), Strategic Litigation, Education & Community Care|
|Reports to||Legal Director, Head of Strategic Litigation, Education & Community Care Supervising Solicitor|
|Hours||35 hours per week|
Just for Kids Law is a London-based charity that works with and for children and young people to hold those with power to account and fight for wider reform by providing legal representation and advice, direct advocacy and support, and campaigning to ensure children and young people in the UK have their legal rights and entitlements respected and promoted and their voices heard and valued.
Just for Kids Law exists to work with and for children and young people to hold those with power to account and fight for wider reform.
We do this by providing legal representation and advice, direct advocacy and support, and through strategic litigation, campaigning and equipping others to work for children’s rights.
The Legal Team is a busy and responsive team comprised of 12 lawyers (Solicitors, Barristers a Senior Immigration Caseworker and Trainees) working in the fields of Youth Justice (Crime), Education, Community Care, Immigration and Public Law.
In 2018 the Legal Team represented 199 clients. We work closely with our Programmes Team to provide holistic support for a range of needs and ensure that the young person’s voice is heard by the professionals supporting them.
For further information, visit our website.
Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to email@example.com
This role is for a trainee solicitor to undertake a training contract. The trainee solicitor will, under the supervision of qualified solicitors and barristers, undertake tasks in Advocacy and Oral Presentation; Case and Transaction Management; Client Care and Practice Support; Communication; Dispute Resolution; Drafting; Interviewing and Advising; Legal Research; Negotiations, as required by Solicitors Regulation Authority, in agreed areas of law.
The trainee will undertake “seats” in at least three of the legal areas that the charity undertakes, in line with the SRA requirements.
|Key accountabilities||Key Activities/Tasks|
|Working with clients||
|Legal case work||
|Admin and billing||
|Other duties||You will be expected to carry out any other duties which fall reasonably within this role, including:
Updating this role description
This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. It is the practice of Just for Kids Law to periodically review role descriptions and to update them. This process will be conducted in consultation with you. It is the aim of the organisation to reach agreement on any changes but if agreement cannot be reached, the organisation reserves the right to insist on such changes to your job description, after consultation with you.
(must have in order to carry out the work)
(not essential but preferable)
|A knowledge and awareness of the requirements of public funding and regulatory requirements||x|
|Knowledge of the areas of law that Just for Kids Law undertakes||x|
|Experience in using Microsoft Office, email and the internet, case management and legal research programs||x|
|Paralegal or other case work experience||x|
|Experience of working directly with children or young adults.||x|
|Qualifications and training|
|A degree (and any relevant conversion course)||x|
|Legal Practice Certificate||x|
|Skills and abilities|
|The ability to maintain a high level of client care and representation||x|
|The ability to recognise and assist with the difficulties inherent in providing legal services to children and young adults.||x|
|The ability to work on your own initiative and also co- operatively with colleagues.||x|
|The ability to prioritise workloads and to ensure that all deadlines are met.||x|
|The ability to analyse and assess detailed information, and to grasp complex issues rapidly.||x|
|Good communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with people from a wide range of backgrounds, many of whom do not speak or read English and who may have experienced abuse, discrimination or other traumas.||x|
|Good advocacy skills||x|
|A demonstrable interest and commitment to the Just for Kids Law ethos and the areas of law provided||x|
|Be entitled to work in the UK||x|
|Be able to travel occasionally outside London.||x|
|Be able to occasionally work outside the usual office hours when urgent cases arise||x|
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