|Job Title||Domestic Abuse Immigration Trainee Solicitor|
|Department||Family and immigration teams and with Rights of Women Immigration team|
|Reports to||Director of Family Legal Services|
RCJ Advice is a unique Citizens Advice service delivering free civil and family legal advice for low-income clients involved in court proceedings across England and Wales via a model where pro bono solicitors from City Law firms and family firms deliver legal advice supported by RCJ Advice solicitors.
RCJ Advice deliver a national immigration consultancy service and the family team delivers the award winning FLOWS which delivers legal advice to front line workers and women survivors and works with accredited domestic abuse legal aid practitioners across England to verify cases submitted via the innovative CourtNav module for non-molestation orders (FL401).
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This role is part of a prestigious Scheme established to support the next generation of students committed to public interest and social justice issues who want to pursue a career in social welfare law. The Scheme has been established by The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF).
This scheme focuses on law graduates that have passed their LPC or BPTC and are seeking to complete their training contract before taking up a role in social welfare law.
You will be supported to complete your training contract and the Professional Skills Course will be covered.
This post will work across our immigration team and our national domestic advice service FLOWS and will be supported to deliver immigration advice to women who have experienced domestic abuse. Part of the Fellowship scheme is to develop and implement a Project that will advance access to justice and we will work and support you with this.
With support, to provide legal advice and assistance to Litigants in Person (LIPs), in the area of Immigration issues impacting on domestic abuse including representation;
With support, to provide legal advice and assistance in domestic advice immigration matters in the Royal Courts of Justice and partner organisations;
To contribute to our national FLOWS consultancy service including CourtNav and telephone consultancy.
CASEWORK DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide procedural advice and assistance including preparation of court forms, drafting letters and other documents, liaising and negotiating with third parties, interpretation and application of the Civil Procedure Rules;
Advise and assist litigants in person on all aspects of conducting their cases with particular regard to :
Work with our Immigration and FLOWS teams to provide access to specialist information;
Assist in monitoring CourtNav applications;
Complete full case notes and monitoring data using Cross Data;
Work within our family legal aid contract to gain experience of legal aid procedures;
To undertake advocacy and representation in domestic abuse injunction hearings.
To undertake appropriate training within the guidelines issued by the SRA/Citizens Advice or directed by the senior solicitor under the conditions of the training contract;
Keep up to date with new and existing legislation, case law, policies and procedures.
Attend appropriate internal and external meetings as agreed;
Uphold the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service and it’s equal opportunities policies;
To work within and be committed to RCJ Advice core behaviours:
Contribute to service development and provision to ensure widest promotion of the service across England & Wales;
Work evenings as requested;
Carry out administrative tasks where necessary;
Abide by health and safety guidelines and GDPR requirements and share responsibility for own safety and that of colleagues;
In addition to the tasks and duties outlined in this job description, undertake such duties as may be identified, and which are generally compatible with the functions of the post.
Listed below are the essential requirements to do this job.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
A 2.2 degree or above.
Experience of delivering immigration advice or interest in immigration.
A family law elective as part of the degree or Legal Practice Course.
You must demonstrate the ability to:
Plan and prioritise workload.
Deal impartially and courteously with people from different background (including members of the Judiciary, Court administrators and Court staff).
Work as a member of a team.
Maintain professional standards and work respectfully and recognise lived experience of domestic abuse survivors.
Maintain full and accurate case records including recording monitoring data.
You must have a commitment to and understanding of confidentiality, impartiality and conflict of interest.
You must be willing to be self-servicing.
You must have a commitment to implementing the RCJ Advice Equal Opportunities Policy and an understanding of what this means for providing a service to the public.
You must show you are able to commit to RCJ Advice defined behaviours:.
We welcome applications from trainees who have experience of volunteering or working within a voluntary organisation that works with asylum seekers, refugees and/or women survivors.
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