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Vacancy – Trainee Solicitor

Job TitleTrainee Solicitor
DepartmentTrainee will undertake seats in at least three departments, including Welfare Benefits, Housing, Employment.
Reports toOperations Director
LocationLondon
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 https://jff.thelegaleducationfoundation.org/ to apply for the position.

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

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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.

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Vacancy Closed Employment Caseworker/Solicitor

Vacancy Closed

We are looking to recruit an Employment Caseworker/Solicitor.

This role was previously advertised. Experience of providing advice on Domestic Violence is desirable, not essential.

Reference: 2019_BL2

Project Summary

Job Description

Personal Specification

Deadline – 17 July 2019 5pm

How to apply 

If you would like to apply for the role, please email eddie@legaladvicecentre.london with the subject “Job Application” and the role reference 2019_BL2.

Your email should include your CV and cover letteridentifying how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out in the job description and person specification.

If you have any questions regarding the role or the application, please contact Eddie Coppinger eddie@legaladvicecentre.london   

Legal Advice Centre (University House) is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applications irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. 

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Vacancy Closed – Volunteer Co-ordinator & Welfare Benefits Caseworker/Solicitor

Vacancy Closed

We are looking to recruit a Volunteer Co-ordinator & Welfare Benefits Caseworker/Solicitor

Reference : 2019_BL1

Job Description

Personal Specification

Deadline30th June 2019 

How to apply 

If you are interested in applying for either of the roles, please email eddie@legaladvicecentre.london with the subject marked as “Job Application” and the role reference i.e. Ref: 2019_BL1 or Ref: 2019_BL2.

Your email should include your CV and cover letteridentifying how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out in the job description and person specification.

If you have any queries regarding the role or the application process please contact Eddie Coppinger eddie@legaladvicecentre.london   

Legal Advice Centre (University House) is an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applications irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. 

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Closed Bank Holiday – 6 May 2019

The office will be closed on the 6 May 2019 as it is a bank holiday.

No Welfare Benefit drop in, Evening drop in, or appointments will be running that day. We will be back to normal on Tuesday.

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Christmas closure

The centre will be closed from Thursday 20 November 2018, and reopening Thursday 3 January 2019.

The last drop-in session will be Wednesday 12 December, starting at 5.30pm. There will also be no more employment or housing evening appointments until we return in the new year.  

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Cornwall / Truro Family Advice

We are excited to announce that from Monday 5 November, we will be providing advice on family matters in the Truro area.

OK… What is it?

The advice will be using a live video chat service through our website where you can speak to a solicitor about any questions you have.

The system works on most computers/smartphones (sorry no Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge!)

I Don’t have access to a PC/Smarthpone and need some assistance.

We provide a laptop in the Truro Family court which you can use to chat with us. There will be volunteers available, who will be there to help you chat to us.

What time can I chat with you?

The service is open 9:30am – 4:00pm every Monday.

Sounds great! And If I have some papers I want you to look at?

You will also be able to send us documents online to look through while giving advice.

Where can I find this on your website?

Interested? Find more information and the chat system on our Cornwall advice page

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No evening drop in sessions in August

There will be no Evening sessions from 20 August. The family law clinic on Tuesdays will continue. They will restart on 3 September 2018.

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Vacancy Now Closed – Housing Solicitor

Vacancy Now Closed – Housing Lawyer (LAA Supervisor)

Job Description and Personal Specification

The Legal Advice Centre (University House) is looking for a talented lawyer to join its
housing team.

We have obtained a small housing Legal Aid contract for operational purposes. The housing lawyer we are seeking will undertake a wide range of housing casework. The lawyer we are seeking must have recent experience of working under a Legal Aid contract.

We offer excellent terms and conditions. We are very flexible over days/hours of work. We actively support part-time working.

Please find attached the role description and person specification. To apply please send a
CV and cover letter to admin@legaladvicecentre.london stating “Housing Lawyer
Application” in the subject.

Salary: £39,894.40 (FTE) (plus 5% contribution to Pension Scheme)

Closing date: Friday 29th June 2018

Interviews: w/c 9th July 2018

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Changes from 11 June 2018

Upcoming Changes next week

From 11 June, there are two changes happening at the Legal Advice Centre.

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