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Asylum & Immigration Solicitor/Supervisor

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Salary: £42,432 – £44,373 dependent on qualifications and experience. Plus 3% auto enrolment pension contribution. 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 with Supervisor Status.

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 for applications: 5pm Monday 20th May 2019

Interviews week commencing Monday 3rd June 2019

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

Information for Applicants

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.

The Law Centre’s services are needed as much now as they ever were in the past, and there are two exciting new opportunities to join the team here and to help to build the next phase of our work:-

DEPUTY DIRECTOR – Salary £46,347 Plus 3% pension, excellent Terms and Conditions

To work alongside the Director to ensure the smooth running of the Law Centre particularly in terms of Funding, Human Resources and Public Relations.

For a pack, please click here.

 

OFFICE & FACILITIES MANAGER – Salary £33,459 Plus 3% pension, excellent Terms and Conditions

To be part of the Senior Management Team implementing systems and ensuring an office environment that facilitates the needs of the Law Centre staff and the work that they do.

For a pack, please click here.

Both have closing dates of 18 March 2019 at 5pm and interviews will be held on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

DEPUTY DIRECTOR – Recruitment

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Salary £46,347 Plus 3% pension, excellent Terms and Conditions

To work alongside the Director to ensure the smooth running of the Law Centre particularly in terms of Funding, Human Resources and Public Relations.

Closing date 18 March 2019 at 5pm. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

You can download the relevent documents below:

Information for Applicants

Job Description

Person Specification

Application Form

Equal Opportunities monitoring form

OFFICE & FACILITIES MANAGER – Recruitment

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Salary £33,459 Plus 3% pension, excellent Terms and Conditions

To be part of the Senior Management Team implementing systems and ensuring an office environment that facilitates the needs of the Law Centre staff and the work that they do.

Closing date 18 March 2019 at 5pm. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 27 March 2019.

You can download the relevent documents below:

Information for Applicants

Job Description

Person Specification

Application Form

Equal Opportunities monitoring form

Welfare Benefits Recruitment

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We are looking for two experienced welfare benefits specialists to join our team.  The Welfare Benefits Unit at the Law Centre brought in over £2m for clients last year and we are looking for a half time specialist caseworker, and a four day a week Form Filling Clinic Volunteer Co-ordinator/welfare benefits caseworker, to help build on this success.

 

Both posts involve running a caseload and providing advocacy at the First Tier and Upper Tribunals, and there is scope for social policy work as well as building links with a range of community groups.

 

Details of the posts and the application forms are available here (0.5 fte Caseworker) and here (0.8 fte Form Filling Clinic Volunteer Co-ordinator/caseworker).

 

The closing date for both posts is noon on 14 January 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

Islington Law Centre client interview with Open Democracy

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We are very pleased to have been able to work with Open Democracy to highlight the difficulties many people face in getting legal  advice as a result of the cuts to the Legal Aid system in 2013.  The Law Centre acts for a range of local people, including those who have been caught up with the issues affecting the Windrush Generation.  Eleanor spoke to the Open Democracy team about her case, and how the Law Centre had been able to help her to ensure that she was able to obtain justice.

You can see the interview in the link below, and also read more about the way in which the cuts to Legal Aid have affected people.  There are also suggested actions you can take to help highlight how important legal aid is to people.

Eleanor sums this up when she says “Legal Aid is an invaluable asset to anyone who is not privileged”  – no-one knows when they might face a legal issue,  and we want to ensure that there are enough legal aid lawyers to help people when they do.”

The link is here:-  https://www.opendemocracy.net/openjustice/satbir-singh-charlotte-threipland/windrush-toxic-combination

Legal Aid brought back into scope for separated and unaccompanied children in immigration cases following legal challenge brought by Islington Law Centre

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“Immigration law is complex and fast moving. Combined with the hostile environment which we have seen wreak such havoc on the Windrush generation, the thought of children navigating the system alone was terrifying. Sometimes as a lawyer you start with a gut instinct that something is wrong, and you build a case around it. After 5 years of hard work it is a relief to see that instinct vindicated.”
Roopa Tanna – Solicitor, Islington Law Centre

Islington Law Centre and MiCLU represented The Children’s Society in their 5-year long legal challenge to the government’s 2013 removal of legal aid for children’s immigration cases. In a Ministerial Statement in the House of Commons on 12 July 2018 Lucy Frazer (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice) announced that changes will now be made to reinstate legal aid as of right for unaccompanied or separated migrant children requiring legal advice and representation in relation to immigration matters. This is the first time that the Lord Chancellor has exercised his powers to reinstate civil legal aid for a specified group.

In the face of the hostile environment and cut to services this is an important safeguard for children who face complex laws affecting every aspect of their lives. Children without a parent to advocate for them are particularly vulnerable, and, as Windrush has shown us, the effects of being unable to assert rights and entitlements in relation to immigration entitlements can last a lifetime.

“The role of a Law Centre is to ensure equality of access to justice to all members of our community. In the face of cuts to our services we nevertheless decided to run this case because of the fundamental issues of access to justice involved.”
Stuart Hearne – Co-Director, Islington Law Centre

We are immensely proud of our legal team. In particular we would like to thank Paul Bowen QC, Michelle Knorr, Alison Pickup, Oliver Jones, and Zoe Harper. We would also like to thank all those who supported the case by providing evidence of the impact that loss of legal aid has had on separated and unaccompanied migrant children.

“At MiCLU our aim is for every migrant child to have their voice heard in legal proceedings affecting them. We are so proud of our legal team for bringing this case so that unaccompanied and separated migrant children have access to a lawyer to help them to be fully involved in issues so key to their future.”
Anna Skehan – Solicitor, MiCLU

Business Finance Manager

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Islington Law Centre is seeking to recruit a Business Finance Manager, operating as part of the Senior Management Team. Tasked with the management of the Law Centre’s finance function, this is an opportunity for someone with a range of skills, from managing and developing financial systems and processes, to creatively managing the Law Centre’s funds.   This is a new post within the Law Centre and provides an opportunity for someone to shape the future of the Law Centre in these challenging times.

Details and an application pack can be downloaded here.

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Covering Letter

Person Specification

Information for Applicants

Application Form

EO Monitoring Form

London Legal Walk

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Islington Law Centre is again taking part in the London Legal Support Trust’s Annual London Legal Walk on 21 May 2018. This year the walk is the biggest ever, with over 12,000 people walking through London to raise much needed funds for legal advice agencies.

Our team includes staff, trustees and volunteers and we are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors. All the money raised by our team goes directly to our work, and we are delighted that 3 corporate firms are also raising money for the Law Centre. If you would like to support us in this way, you can donate online here. Thank you!

For general enquiries or to make an appointment: Call 020 7288 7630