RCJ Advice & Citizens Advice Islington (London) - Justice First Fellowship Domestic Abuse Immigration Trainee Solicitor

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

Location: Central London

Grade/Salary: £29,796

Hours: 35 hours

Deadline: 5pm on Monday 14 September 2020

 

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.

 

Organisation Detail

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).

For further information, visit our website.

Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to admin@rcjadvice.org.uk

 

Job Description

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.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. JOB PURPOSE

    1. 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;

    2. With support, to provide legal advice and assistance in domestic advice immigration matters in the Royal Courts of Justice and partner organisations;

    3. To contribute to our national FLOWS consultancy service including CourtNav and telephone consultancy.

     

  2. CASEWORK DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    1. 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;

    2. Advise and assist litigants in person on all aspects of conducting their cases with particular regard to :

      1. Deadlines by which a course of action must be taken;
      2. The areas of law likely to be considered;
      3. The complexity of the matter;
      4. Whether further documentation is required;
      5. Highlighting any points or matters which may be relevant;

       

    3. Work with our Immigration and FLOWS teams to provide access to specialist information;

    4. Assist in monitoring CourtNav applications;

    5. Complete full case notes and monitoring data using Cross Data;

    6. Work within our family legal aid contract to gain experience of legal aid procedures;

    7. To undertake advocacy and representation in domestic abuse injunction hearings.

     

  3. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    1. 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;

    2. Keep up to date with new and existing legislation, case law, policies and procedures.

     

  4. GENERAL

    1. Attend appropriate internal and external meetings as agreed;

    2. Uphold the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service and it’s equal opportunities policies;

    3. To work within and be committed to RCJ Advice core behaviours:

      • Commitment to Citizens Advice aims and principles
      • Respect for each other – and other people including challenging discrimination, valuing diversity and promoting equality
      • Being a great team whilst being individually accountable
      • Communication being focused
      • Passion for H&S and wellbeing;

       

    4. Contribute to service development and provision to ensure widest promotion of the service across England & Wales;

    5. Work evenings as requested;

    6. Carry out administrative tasks where necessary;

    7. Abide by health and safety guidelines and GDPR requirements and share responsibility for own safety and that of colleagues;

    8. 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.

 

Person Specification

Listed below are the essential requirements to do this job.

Essential

  1. QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

    1. A 2.2 degree or above.

    2. Experience of delivering immigration advice or interest in immigration.

    3. A family law elective as part of the degree or Legal Practice Course.

    4. Computer literacy.

  2. ABILITIES

    You must demonstrate the ability to:

    1. Plan and prioritise workload.

    2. Deal impartially and courteously with people from different background (including members of the Judiciary, Court administrators and Court staff).

    3. Work as a member of a team.

    4. Maintain professional standards and work respectfully and recognise lived experience of domestic abuse survivors.

    5. Maintain full and accurate case records including recording monitoring data.

  3. GENERAL

    1. You must have a commitment to and understanding of confidentiality, impartiality and conflict of interest.

    2. You must be willing to be self-servicing.

    3. 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.

    4. You must show you are able to commit to RCJ Advice defined behaviours:.

      • Commitment to Citizens Advice aims and principles
      • Respect for each other – and other people
      • Being a great team whilst being individually accountable
      • Communication being focused
      • Passion for H&S and wellbeing

Desirable

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.

 

Applications are through the Justice First Fellowship website here.

Eligibility

  1. The applicant must satisfy the appropriate entry condition for their type of training placement, i.e:
    • Training Contract (England & Wales) – passed (or expected to pass by 31st October(*1)) the Legal Practice Course (LPC)
    • Training Contract (Scotland) – passed (or expected to pass by 31st October(*1)) the Diploma in Legal Practice/Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DLP)
    • Training Contract (Northern Ireland) – graduated with a recognised law degree and be eligible to apply for September (of the following year) admission to the Solicitors apprenticeship scheme at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (Queen’s University Belfast)

Note: any or all of these types of training placement may be available in any given year.

  1. The applicant must have the right to work in the UK and be willing and able to commit to serving a two-year term as a Fellow commencing in the January (April for Northern Ireland Training Contracts) following their application.
  2. The applicant must have a demonstrated commitment to social welfare law. We are particularly interested in students who wish to effect change in the legal community, such as members of public interest and/or pro bono organisations on campus and those who have dedicated time to serving low-income or less privileged communities either during or prior to law school.
  3. Applicants may only apply for a position at one Host Organisation in any year.

Please complete the online application form with your contact information and responses to each question. Once completed and submitted your application will be acknowledged with an automatic receipt to your email address.

(*1) Please note that if you are shortlisted by your chosen Host, but cannot confirm that you have passed the LPC or DLP by 31st October you will not be allowed to attend for interview.

 

Application Timeline

The following lists the dates in the application process for 2020:

Event

Training Contracts

2020 Opportunities posted

May 2020

Applications open

17th August 2020

Applications close

14th September 2020

Applicants notified of Initial Selection

14th October 2020

Interview period

November/December 2020

Training Placements commence

January 2021 (*2)

(*2) April 2021 for Northern Irish positions