Monthly Archive August 2019


Vacancy CLOSED – Trainee Solicitor

This vacancy is now closed.

Job TitleTrainee Solicitor
DepartmentTrainee will undertake seats in at least three departments, including Welfare Benefits, Housing, Employment.
Reports toOperations Director
Grade/Salary£30,000pa plus pension contribution
HoursFull time including some evening work likely to be required

The Centre is an independent registered charity set up over 75 years ago to give legal advice and assistance to residents principally of Tower Hamlets and South Hackney who are unable, for financial or other reasons, to access legal help elsewhere.

Job Description

A trainee with the Legal Advice Centre will be expected to provide high quality legal advice and legal services whilst demonstrating a commitment to social welfare and access to justice.

To achieve this, you will be expected to:

  • keep up to date with the relevant areas of law and practice
  • keep up to date with and to comply with the SRA Code of Conduct
  • to attend internal and external training courses

A trainee will be required to complete at least three seats in different areas of law. We are currently able to provide seats in Employment Law, Housing Law, Welfare Benefits and potentially a secondment to a firm or alternative organisation. The Centre will allocate the area and length of time for each seat. As a trainee you will need to complete the tasks required by the SRA Practice Skills Standard and abide by the SRA Training Regulations 2014 – Qualification and Provider Regulations.

A trainee will be expected to provide an efficient and friendly service to our user group.

To achieve this a trainee will be expected:

  • to adopt a professional approach when dealing with clients, solicitors and third parties.
  • to adhere to the client care standards set out in the office manual and SRA Code of Conduct.
  • to write letters and produce documents with a good quality of presentation in line with the Centre’s procedures.

A trainee will be expected to work as part of a team with all other staff and volunteers; we are seeking people who understand the issues and requirements of working within a small multi-disciplined team.

To ensure the smooth running of the Centre a trainee will be expected to adhere to the procedures set out in the office manual and amended as necessary. The Centre needs people who want to help develop it by being flexible and willing to undertake project management and development.

You will be expected to co-ordinate some evening drop-in sessions on a rota basis.

Person Specification

SkillsGood communication and interpersonal skills including good written and verbal skills
Ability to work under supervision and also on your own initiative.
Be able to prioritise workloads and work to tight deadlines.
Strong IT skills, specifically Microsoft Office, Skype, online legal databases
Knowledge and UnderstandingAwareness of current social welfare issues, policies and procedures
Understand the issues and requirements of working within a small multi-disciplined team.
Knowledge/understanding of advice agencies and other frontline services.
Desire to help develop the Centre by being flexible and willing to undertake project management and development
Some knowledge of housing, welfare benefits, debt and employment, or the ability to access and use appropriate sources of such information
Personal AttributesEfficient, professional and friendly service to clients and colleagues.
Commitment to social welfare and access to justice.
Commitment to diversity.
Demonstrable empathy with our user group.

How to apply

Please go to to apply for the position.

Applications are now open, closing on 16 September 2019. Please do not apply directly to us.


We have been shortlisted for prestigious legal awards

The Legal Advice Centre (University House) has been shortlisted for the Law Society’s prestigious Excellence Awards 2019, the highest accolade for law firms in England and Wales.

The Legal Advice Centre (University House) has been shortlisted in the Excellence in Access to Justice category.

Law Society president Simon Davis said:

“There are more than 140,000 solicitors in England and Wales – to be shortlisted for an Excellence Award is to be recognised as among the very best of the profession.

“The firms and solicitors shortlisted should be commended for going above and beyond to support their clients, often navigating tricky and sometimes contentious areas of the law.

“With the justice system so under strain, we should take this opportunity to celebrate the incredible work solicitors do day-in and day-out – and to recognise the immense contribution they make to our society.”

Winners are announced at the Law Society’s Excellence Awards ceremony in London on 23 October 2019.