|Job Title||Trainee Solicitor (Justice First Fellowship)|
|Eligibility||England and Wales
Completed and passed (or expect to pass by 14 March 2024) the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or have an UG degree and completed and passed SQE Part 1.
|Areas of Law||Housing|
|Location||Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall St, Blackburn, BB2 1AG|
|Starting Salary and Hours||£27,528 p.a. and 37.5 hours per week|
|Organisational Benefits||- 30 days of annual leave
- Interest free travel loans
|Interview Dates||Interview Date 1: Thursday 25 January 2024
Interview Date 2: Thursday 1 February 2024
Home is a fundamental human need. Yet millions of people’s lives across the country are blighted by homelessness, soaring rents, deplorable conditions, discrimination and the threat of eviction.
Shelter exists to defend the right to a safe home. Each year we help millions of people struggling with bad housing or homelessness – and we campaign to prevent it in the first place.
We provide expert information, advice and support to people in housing crisis and tackle root causes of the housing emergency through our campaigning and policy work, which is always informed by the experiences we see on the frontline.
For further information, visit our website.
Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to Deborah_Jameson@shelter.org.uk
Shelter Legal Services has a national reputation for excellence in housing law and we have a long history of seeking to assist the development of English law in the field of homelessness and issues of inadequate housing through litigation. We use the law to solve people’s problems and test the limits of the law. We want to be able to offer all Shelter clients a complete advice and advocacy service and to fill gaps in existing legal services. In the current challenging funding environment offering legal solutions to enable people to access, keep and improve their homes whilst maintaining cost effectiveness requires innovation, imagination and high calibre financial and problem solving skills.
We have a rare opportunity, funded by the Legal Education Foundation, for a high calibre adaptable Trainee Solicitor to join the legal team in the Blackburn office. You will work under the housing and public law legal aid contracts as well as having the opportunity to support Shelter's test cases and interventions.
During training you’ll develop and apply the skills you’ll need as a qualified solicitor:
The Trainee Solicitor role will support the solicitors within our hub to play a key role in tackling housing injustice and unfair housing practices by using the law to assist people in our communities with housing need. You’ll develop the skills through a mixture of completing work and tasks by yourself, assisting others and observing experienced practitioners The postholder will support the solicitors and the team using their legal skills to support challenging and fighting cases that defend housing rights, challenge discriminatory practices relating to housing and create system change by defining or changing the law. The postholder will work with colleagues in hubs to ensure people in our communities are aware of their rights, how to enforce them and represent people who need specialist legal advice.
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