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Kids in Need of Defense UK Caseworkers

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Position 1: Part time level 2 caseworker/solicitor supervisor at MiCLU (based at Islington Law Centre. Salary: £23,042 for 3 days per week (equivalent to £38,404 full time)

Position 2: Full time level 2 caseworker/solicitor supervisor at Central England Law Centre (based in Coventry or Birmingham). Salary: £33,991 for 37.5 hours per week

Start date: as soon as possible

This is an opportunity to be involved in the Kids in Need of Defense UK (KIND UK) programme at either MiCLU (London) or Central England Law Centre (West Midlands). KIND UK is a partnership which provides free, specialist immigration advice and representation for children and young people, and their families. It is a collaboration between Kids in Need of Defense (a US charity), Central England Law Centre, MiCLU at Islington Law Centre, Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and Just Right Scotland. The UK agencies each employ Supervising solicitor(s)/lawyer(s) to provide training, guidance and support to commercial lawyers, who in turn provide the advice service on a pro bono basis.

We are looking for two dynamic and enthusiastic solicitors or senior casework supervisors with expertise in immigration and nationality law to supervise commercial lawyers in providing free legal advice and representation to children, young people and families with out-of-scope immigration and nationality cases.

Candidates must be accredited to Level 2 IAAS and should have recent experience of making immigration, asylum and nationality applications and some experience of litigation. You must also have commitment to upholding the human rights of asylum seekers, migrants, and refugees and a commitment to working with migrant children and young people within families so that their voices are heard and so that they can inform the development of this project.

The closing date is 12:00PM Wednesday 15 July 2020, with interviews to be held (via Zoom) week commencing 20th July 2020. For more information, or to apply:

Position 1: www.miclu.org or http://www.islingtonlaw.org.uk/ or contact recruitment@islingtonlaw.org.uk

Position 2 or if you wish to be considered for both positions: www.kidsinneedofdefense.org.uk or contact harry.lindow@centralenglandlc.org.uk

Covid-19 Update

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In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Islington Law Centre is closing its reception with immediate effect and asking clients to either telephone or email us.

Staff will mainly be working from home. Existing clients will already have the direct contact details of their caseworker and should continue to use those.

Anyone new needing advice from us should call or email. We will be conducting interviews by telephone and advisers will explore with you how to pass on important documents.

We are waiting to see how the courts and tribunals will respond to the pandemic and how this might affect our clients. Further updates will appear here as the situation develops.

Covid-19 Coronavirus and our client services

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As of 13 March 2020, Islington Law Centre is still open to the public and still running advertised outreach services. We are following government hygiene advice and encouraging our personal callers to do the same. Hand washing facilities are available for all visitors to the law centre and common surfaces are being cleaned regularly.

We have asked staff not to shake hands with callers. If we do not shake hands we are not being discourteous but following health guidelines during this time.

We are usually able to turn booked appointments into telephone appointments for clients who are self-isolating. Please email or call us to arrange this facility. Government guidelines may change very quickly and updates as to how this affects client services will appear here. In the meantime, please be careful and keep safe.

Christmas concert

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We are delighted to announce our friends at UCL’s Chamber Choir and Players will be holding a Christmas Concert in support of us on the 4th of December. Conducted by Charles Peebles, the programme includes works by Mozart, Händel, Maw and Anderson and promises to be a wonderful night of sumptuous sound.

The concert takes place at the Church of St Mary le Strand, WC2R 1ES at 7.00pm. Tickets are £5.00 either on the door or through Eventbrite and all proceeds go to Islington Law Centre. The event has been very popular in the past so booking through Eventbrite is recommended.

We’re very grateful to the musicians staging this wonderful event and we hope to see many of you there to enjoy the music and get into the Christmas spirit!

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/decemberconcert

LAW CENTRE URGES RESIDENTS TO STAND UP AND BE HEARD

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Islington Law Centre is urging residents to make sure their voices are heard by registering to vote in the General Election, set for December 12th 2019.

Almost three in ten eligible residents did not vote in the 2017 General Election and the Law Centre is keen to make sure people have the right to have their say in this election.

“As a Law Centre, we exist to protect and enhance people’s rights and make sure they can exercise them,” said Centre Director, Stuart Hearne. “One of the most basic rights is the right to vote and influence who governs us.”

Stuart reiterated that the Law Centre is not party political: “We are not concerned with how people vote – that is a matter for them alone; we are just concerned that they can vote and have a voice.”

The process is simple and can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by post. The Law Centre, which is open Monday to Friday 10.00-4.00 (closed between 1.00-2.00pm) is able to help people with the paper forms at their offices at 38 Devonia Road, Islington N1 8JH.

There have been concerns raised in recent years that registering to vote can be difficult for vulnerable people. A House of Commons select committee heard after the 2010 election that voter registration was significantly lower among black and minority ethnic groups than those who were white British[1]. The same is true of younger people when compared to older people.

Stuart said, “We can understand the concerns of people who have lived through the hostile environment of the Home Office or been subjected to benefit sanctions about signing up to vote. Anyone who is unsure if registering to vote will affect their housing or employment status can seek advice from the Law Centre or any reputable advice agency.”


[1] https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmpolcon/232/23207.htm

Podcasts from ILC

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The Migrants Law Project, which is hosted by Islington law Centre, has just released the first in a series of podcasts, “It Can Be Done”, which shows the impact of co-ordinating efforts to make a real difference to people’s lives.

Episode One opens in 2015. We meet Kotaiba, a 15 year old Syrian refugee who finds himself in Calais looking for a safe way to reach his brother and sister in the UK. Meanwhile, across the Channel, two English observers watch in horror as Europe’s refugee crisis unfolds: asylum seekers and migrants living in makeshift camps with no sanitation or decent shelter, violence at borders, families drowning at sea. What if anything is to be done? And could there potentially be a legal solution? 

The link is here – it’s a powerful story and we urge you to take a listen. https://themigrantslawproject.org/podcast/

Evening Clinic Supervisor

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Islington Law Centre is looking for a part-time supervising solicitor to run its advice sessions on a Monday and Wednesday evening and support and supervise the volunteer lawyers delivering the advice.

This role would suit someone looking for flexibility and variety in their work and with a passion for making legal advice accessible to everyone. The role is fourteen hours per week with seven of those hours required in sessions – the other seven can be worked flexibly.

The role is legal supervision with some feedback and support of volunteer lawyers who are seeing clients. There is administrative support for the Clinic and you’d be working for a well-respected organisation that has 47 years experience of ensuring access to justice for the people of Islington.

You’ll need at least two years post-qualification experience and some experience of general civil litigation and up-to-date knowledge of court procedures, including online developments. Ideally you would also have some experience of housing law but this is not essential.

The role’s actual salary is £15,512 (£38,799 pro rata) and there is a pension scheme and 25 days paid holiday (pro rata).

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Stuart Hearne or Matt Brown on 020 7288 7630 (main switchboard).

To apply, please fill out an application form and equal opportunity monitoring form and return to recruitment@islingtonlaw.org.uk. CVs are not accepted.

Job description

Information for applicants

Closing date: Monday 11th of November at 12.30pm.

Islington Law Centre is Recruiting

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Asylum & Immigration Solicitor/Senior Caseworker

Salary:           £34,986 to £38,403

Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience. Plus 3% auto enrolment pension contribution, in line with government criteria. 35 hour week, excellent Terms and Conditions.

ISLINGTON LAW CENTRE, one of the largest Law Centres in the country, is seeking to recruit an experienced IAAS Level 2 or above Asylum & Immigration Solicitor/Senior Caseworker.

The successful applicant will join an experienced, creative team of dedicated professionals noted for their high quality provision of specialist legal advice and representation. The team received a Category 1 score for their last Independent Peer Review for the Legal Aid Agency in relation to their Legal Aid casework, and have had a number of successes in achieving notable outcomes for clients.

Experience of working to Legal Aid Contract processes is essential.

Closing date 5pm Wednesday 28th August 2019

Interviews Monday 9th September 2019

You can download the relevant documents below, or email recruitment@islingtonlaw.org.uk:

Job Description

Person Specification

Application Form

Equal Opportunities monitoring form

Goodbye and hello…

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After 18 years at Islington Law Centre, Ruth Hayes will be leaving at the end of April 2019.  Over this time, she has seen the services develop and expand, and during her time here the Law Centre has grown from 18 staff to 33, with an increase in the level of services and the range of legal assistance provided.   Stuart Hearne will take over as Director with effect from May 2019.

UCL Chamber Choir and Players put on Christmas Concert to support Islington Law Centre’s Christmas Appeal

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We are delighted that a group of our volunteers is organising a Christmas
Concert to celebrate the work of the Law Centre and to help us with our
Christmas appeal.  The UCL Chamber Choir and Players, conducted by Charles
Peebles, will perform a number of works at St Mary le Strand on 10
December 2018.  We are extremely grateful to them for supporting our work
in this way.

The concert will be a great opportunity to listen to wonderful music, and
to find out a little more about our work.  Tickets are free and are
available here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/december-concert-tickets-52553030529

Donations to our Christmas Appeal to help us to help more people can be
made here:
https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=IslingtonLawCentreChristmasappeal&pageUrl=11
For general enquiries or to make an appointment: Call 020 7288 7630