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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.

Migrants’ Law Project

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Migrants’ Law Project Solicitor/Caseworker/Barrister

Salary Band £34,986 – £38,404

A salary of £44,373 may be considered for those at Supervisor level with high levels of experience and expertise

Annual leave: 25 days per annum plus bank holidays

The Migrants’ Law Project are looking for a solicitor, caseworker, or barrister to join our dynamic strategic legal team. We are leaders in the field of strategic legal work to protect and promote the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants in the UK and Europe. We have successfully challenged key issues for this group such as immigration detention, leading on the work to suspend the Detained Fast Track. Most recently have been focussed on securing justice for families caught up in the European refugee crisis, and on wider issues in family reunion for asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants, through the key cases of ZAT and through representing Citizens UK. We are part of the Islington Law Centre asylum and immigration team, which has been awarded a Category 1 independent Peer review from the Legal Aid Agency

This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic caseworker, solicitor, or barrister to work in a supportive and collaborative environment to develop a strategic legal practice. This work will include providing advice and representation to organisations and individuals to develop legal solutions to issues relating to family reunion, as well as exploring other areas for strategic legal intervention. The role involves undertaking all aspects of casework, including litigation. The role also provides the opportunity to work collaboratively with a wide range of actors with a stake in providing a holistic service to support asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants

Candidates should be either:

  1. practising solicitors with significant experience of litigation or
  2. practising barristers with experience of conducting casework  (including litigation) within a solicitor led agency
  3. caseworker: accredited at Level 3 OISC and Level 2 IAAS with significant experience of litigation

The role may involve occasional travel within and outside the UK. The Law Centre has a time off in lieu policy for work outside office hours, and overtime is available.

If you would like to apply, please go to: https://themigrantslawproject.org/vacancies/. If you need any further information, please contact Katie Commons on katiec@islingtonlaw.org.uk.

Applications will be accepted through our application forms. The closing date for applications is 12pm on 4th October 2019.

Interviews for this post will be held on 24 October 2019. 
Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer an interview outside this date due to panel availability.

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

Welfare Benefits Team Looking for Volunteers!

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Our Welfare Benefits Team is currently recruiting for new volunteers!

As a volunteer paralegal with Islington Law Centre’s Welfare Benefits Team, you will support caseworkers in all aspects of their work: including dealing with correspondence, preparing appeal bundles, recording statistical information, case file management and policy work.  Training, close supervision & support will be provided.

You will be given the opportunity to shadow caseworkers at client interviews and Tribunal hearings, and be involved in various community events.

You will play a key role in our weekly form filling clinic, assisting clients to complete complex welfare benefit application forms.

We hope volunteering at the Law Centre will provide an interesting and valuable experience within a friendly and supported environment.

Travel expenses and lunch will be paid.

Requirements: we ask that you be available to volunteer for at least two days per week and must be available on Wednesday’s.

If you are interested in applying for this position please complete the following application and email it to Barbara King (barbarak@islingtonlaw.org.uk),

The deadline to apply is 6 January 2016.

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