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Required as soon as possible

Job Title: 2 Part-Time Immigration Advisers (covering 6 days weekly)
Organisation: Plumstead Community Law Centre
Location: 36 Wellington Street, Woolwich, London SE18 6PE

Salary: £32,454 pa pro-rata
Contact: info@pclc.org.uk

 

We are seeking to recruit two part-time Immigration caseworkers for an initial 1 year fixed term contract. The posts will involve attending local outreach sessions and providing advice and casework on all aspects of immigration law.

 

Applicants will need to have at least 2 years relevant recent experience in immigration law including Family and Private Life applications, Human Rights applications and Appeals.

 

Applicants will either be qualified solicitors or hold OISC Level 3 or LSC Level 2 accreditation.

They will also have a proven ability to work to tight deadlines, meet targets and have highly developed case management skills.

 

These posts are funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Please apply by cv and covering letter of not more than two pages to info@pclc.org.uk by 9am on Monday 16th May 2022

PLUMSTEAD COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE

Part-time Immigration Advice Caseworker

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Purpose of post

To provide legal advice and information to clients who access the service at outreach sessions.

To undertake follow up casework for clients

 

Casework

The worker will undertake casework in the specialist area of Immigration law.  This will include:    keeping up-to-date with relevant changes in legislation and case law

  • interviewing and taking initial instructions

  • advising clients on the relevant applications and caselaw

  • research

  • corresponding with organisations, statutory bodies etc.

  • negotiating on behalf of clients

  • acting as advocate on behalf of clients in court /tribunal proceedings

  • instructing and briefing Counsel as necessary

 

Accountability

Ultimately, the worker is accountable to the Management Committee.  In the first instance however, accountability is to the Law Centre staff group.

 

Equality & Diversity

The worker will be expected to be committed to promoting and implementing equal opportunities in all aspects of the job.  The worker must also play an active role in any review of the Equality & Diversity policy  and is encouraged to attend relevant training and keep a continually high profile of equalities issues.     

 

The Law Centre recognises that groups and individuals have been and continue to be discriminated against in our society on such grounds including but not limited to: gender; race; disability; sexuality; age; religious belief and health problems.  In response to this the Law Centre is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, both in its policies and practices.  The current policy covers employment issues, service delivery, and oppressive behaviour of clients. It was drawn up by staff and the Management Committee in consultation with the trade union Unison.

Training

The Law Centre is committed to the provision of relevant training for all workers and encourages workers to attend training   courses in order that they may be kept up to date on developments in their specialist area/s.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

 

Qualifications

A Solicitor or Barrister qualified to practise in England & Wales or a Caseworker with OISC Level 3 or LSC Level 2 accreditation

 

Experience

At least 2 years' recent experience in the area of Immigration law, including Family and Private Life applications, Human Rights applications  and Appeals

 

Other Essential requirements

  • Excellent legal skills, including being able to provide on-the-spot legal advice at local outreach venues

 

  • Ability to work proactively, to prioritise effectively and to meet deadlines, with well-developed time management skills

 

  • Experience and understanding of the different skills and sensitivities required to work and build trust with vulnerable individuals

 

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, with proven ability to communicate complex legal information clearly and succinctly

 

  • Good IT skills, including proven experience of using case management systems (we use Advice Pro)

 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate and negotiate with a wide range of people internally and externally

 

  • Commitment to collective working

 

  • Commitment to the Law Centre's Equality & Diversity policy

 

  • Ability and willingness to be self-servicing in terms of  filing, photocopying, typing etc.

 

  • Ability and willingness to mentor and supervise volunteers

 

Note: An Applicant’s suitability for the post will be assessed by reference to the Job description and also the Person Specification so please be sure to address the points above in the CV and/or covering letter.