|Job Title||Trainee Solicitor|
|Department||Trainee will undertake seats in at least three departments, including Welfare Benefits, Housing, Employment.|
|Reports to||Operations Director|
|Grade/Salary||£30,000pa plus pension contribution|
|Hours||Full time including some evening work likely to be required|
The Centre is an independent registered charity set up over 75 years ago to give legal advice and assistance to residents principally of Tower Hamlets and South Hackney who are unable, for financial or other reasons, to access legal help elsewhere.
We are committed to providing a high quality service, and we hold the Specialist Quality Mark.
The purpose of the Centre is to provide good quality free legal advice insofar as the Centre is able to do so, to those located within the vicinity of the Centre who would otherwise be unable to obtain it whether for financial, geographic or accessibility reasons. The purpose is founded on the premise that in a democratic society everyone should have an equal opportunity to exercise their legal rights, regardless of their means, and that there be access to such advice without discrimination of any kind.
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Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
A trainee with the Legal Advice Centre will be expected to provide high quality legal advice and legal services whilst demonstrating a commitment to social welfare and access to justice.
To achieve this, you will be expected to:
A trainee will be required to complete at least three seats in different areas of law. We are currently able to provide seats in Employment Law, Housing Law, Welfare Benefits and potentially a secondment to a firm or alternative organisation. The Centre will allocate the area and length of time for each seat. As a trainee you will need to complete the tasks required by the SRA Practice Skills Standard and abide by the SRA Training Regulations 2014 - Qualification and Provider Regulations.
A trainee will be expected to provide an efficient and friendly service to our user group.
To achieve this a trainee will be expected:
A trainee will be expected to work as part of a team with all other staff and volunteers; we are seeking people who understand the issues and requirements of working within a small multi-disciplined team.
To ensure the smooth running of the Centre a trainee will be expected to adhere to the procedures set out in the office manual and amended as necessary. The Centre needs people who want to help develop it by being flexible and willing to undertake project management and development.
You will be expected to co-ordinate some evening drop-in sessions on a rota basis.
|Skills||Good communication and interpersonal skills including good written and verbal skills
Ability to work under supervision and also on your own initiative.
Be able to prioritise workloads and work to tight deadlines.
Strong IT skills, specifically Microsoft Office, Skype, online legal databases
|Knowledge and Understanding||Awareness of current social welfare issues, policies and procedures
Understand the issues and requirements of working within a small multi-disciplined team.
Knowledge/understanding of advice agencies and other frontline services.
Desire to help develop the Centre by being flexible and willing to undertake project management and development
Some knowledge of housing, welfare benefits, debt and employment, or the ability to access and use appropriate sources of such information
|Personal Attributes||Efficient, professional and friendly service to clients and colleagues.
Commitment to social welfare and access to justice.
Commitment to diversity.
Demonstrable empathy with our user group.
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