Shelter (Bristol) – Solicitor
£35,090 per annum + excellent benefits including 30 days holiday and flexible working
Closing date: Wednesday 22 March 2023 at 11.30pm
Are you a newly qualified Solicitor who is passionate about standing up for people’s rights and committed to achieving positive outcomes for clients? Then join Shelter as a Solicitor and you could soon be playing a vital role at the heart of our Legal team in Bristol as you develop your own legal practice knowledge and experience.
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.
At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.
We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.
About the team
With an enviable national reputation for excellence in the provision of housing law and over 100 fee earners and support staff, including over 40 solicitors nationally, Legal Services at Shelter is career enhancing to say the least. We operate a thriving client-focused Hub of services in Bristol, where people can access a range of advice and support provision, all from a city centre location. This is a great chance to develop your skills and be part of the national legal services team at one of the UK’s leading charities.
About the role
Carrying an active caseload, you will use your legal skills to challenge and fight cases that defend housing rights, challenge discriminatory practices and create systemic change. You will work closely with colleagues in the hub to ensure people in our communities are aware of their rights, how to enforce them and represent people who need specialist legal advice.
We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.
Qualified as a Solicitor, you will have housing law knowledge and the ability to manage your own caseload and conduct litigation. Strong communication and writing skills are essential, as is a commitment to developing your skills and knowledge to improve performance. You will have the ability and willingness to undertake your own advocacy either as part of the court duty scheme or for your own clients and be able to work with third party organisations to further the hub’s strategic goals. We are less interested in your degree classification and where you studied and more interested in your passion and ability to make a difference to our clients and our fight for a fairer housing system.
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.
Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.
How to apply
Please click ‘Apply for Job’ in the link here. You are required to submit a CV and responses to the points in the ‘About You’ section of the job description of no more than 350 words each. Please provide specific examples following the STAR format and ensure you demonstrate how you address the behaviours below throughout your responses:
- We prioritise diversity and have an inclusive and open mindset