Lawstop (Hammersmith and Brighton) – Public Law Solicitor

Job Description: Public Law Solicitor
Reporting to: Joanne Bennett – Director
Location: Hammersmith and Brighton
Responsible for: Paralegal
Salary: £34,000 as starting
Deadline: 29 April 2023, 5pm

Lawstop is a specialist firm of solicitors with offices in London, Brighton, Cornwall, Somerset, Hull, the Wirral, Sandwell and Leicestershire, and Rutland. We are recruiting an experienced Public Law Solicitor to join to join our dynamic legal aid practice. With a modern approach, the firm are legal experts within their areas of law and pride ourselves on high levels of client care, providing an outstanding service at all times.

We require a self-motivated individual with excellent communication and written skills. You will be highly organised, able to manage a varied workload and work well under pressure. Patience and tact are necessary as you will be assisting vulnerable people whose welfare is our priority. Sound knowledge of legal aid funding is required. As a solicitor joining our friendly and expanding team, we will provide support and on-going training; however, you must have enough experience to hit the ground running. We are a versatile and adaptive practice with a unique approach to the delivery of legal services, and we work hard to achieve the best results for our clients.

Public Law Solicitor
We are looking for:
– A solicitor with a professional with a pro-active approach; excellent client care skills and ability to deal with client matters in a sensitive manner.
– A qualified solicitor who should meet the Legal Aid Agency Supervisor Standard for public law and have significant experience of advising in public law matters. Must understand the needs of the vulnerable client group that we work with and can balance their needs with assisting paralegals working on their cases.
– The lawyer will work with the Public Law team including paralegals and administrative staff.
– Consistent with the business core objectives, you must demonstrate a commitment to access
to social justice for all.

Key Responsibilities:
Advice, Casework & Representation / Core Activities
• Work with the Public Law team to support the day to day managerial responsibility for the firm including ensuring compliance with all professional body requirements;
• Provide advice, casework, representation and advocacy services to clients directly on public law matters.
• Assist and supervise paralegals working on public law matters, ensuring they gain a broad spectrum of experience including conducting casework, advice giving, representation and advocacy where appropriate;
• Maintain accurate and complete files and records in line with SQM standards and Lawstop procedures;
• Assist with running the legal aid contract as appropriate, bill files, complete legal aid applications and comply with other Legal Aid Agency and SQM requirements;
• Provide support and guidance to paralegals in the development of their professional skills (interviewing, advising, client care, legal research, drafting and advocacy) through one-to- one sessions and case oversight;
• Attending conferences and court
• Carry out such other duties as may reasonably be requested.

• Assist in building and maintaining links with local community groups and advice networks and with legal professionals.

Staff and Professional Development
• Pursue academic excellence through a continuing commitment to professional and personal

In addition
• The post-holder will be expected to actively follow Lawstop policies including Equal Opportunities policies.
• The post-holder will be expected to maintain an awareness and observation of Fire and Health & Safety Regulations.
• Available to work outside ‘normal’ office hours as necessary.
• As duties and responsibilities change, this job description will be reviewed and amended in consultation with the post-holder.

Person Specification
• Holds Supervisor status
• Is passionate and enthusiastic about legal aid work.
• Has a proven track record in delivering legal aid work and a wide range of experience.
Essential Skills
• Demonstrates passion for and delivers a high level of client service including responsiveness and accessibility.
• Deals with clients in a sensitive, professional and competent way; and communicates with clients at a level appropriate to the individual concerned.
• Innovative, positive and client-focused attitude.
• Sympathetic and empathetic to the particular needs of vulnerable clients.
• Appreciates their role within the local community and makes a positive contribution to the firm’s social responsibility.
• Sets and strives for high standards throughout their work.
• Accurate, thorough with good analytical skills.
• Works and behaves in a professional manner and within the highest ethical and other standards of the profession.
• Complies with procedures set out in the office manual, professional standards and any requirement set by the Legal Aid Agency or similar interested bodies.
• Maintains the strictest standards of client confidentiality at all times.
• Proactive approach to managing flow of work.
• Manages own time, works in an organised and methodical manner and prioritises work effectively.
• Has a positive attitude and works well under pressure.
• Adheres to the firm’s procedures for file management and reporting.
• Demonstrates empathy and is respectful.
• Respects others cultural viewpoints and perspectives, is constructive and understanding.
• Demonstrates an awareness of pertinent cultural issues both within the firm and the wider environment.
• Establishes positive professional and effective relationships.
• Demonstrates reliability, integrity, shares knowledge, supports and promotes colleagues.
• Acts calmly in a crisis, tactful, determined, quick-thinking, but methodical and consistent.
• Computer and web literate and other new media, strong ICT skills.
• Uses technology and other resources available to achieve objectives.
• Presenting and communicating information.