£21,015 - £22,066 per annum plus excellent benefits
Closing date: 18 March 2018 at 11.30 pm
We’re looking for a client-focused individual, ideally with experience of providing housing advice or litigation, to join us as a Paralegal and deliver a specialist casework service in housing law for our clients.
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.
Our Eastern Counties advice service is made up of two busy advice centres that offer a range of housing advice interventions including a large Legal Aid Agency Housing Advice contract. One is in Colchester and covers the Essex and South Suffolk area, the other in Norwich covering Norfolk and North Suffolk. It is at the latter location that we are looking to recruit for this challenging role.
About the Role
A great chance to help us ensure we provide our clients with a full service, you’ll carry an active caseload and assist the solicitor to maintain their own active litigation caseload. This will enable homeless people, as well as those with housing and related problems, to enforce their existing rights. As well as getting involved in litigation in test and lead cases and taking cases to judicial review, we’ll rely on you to apply for funding too. Taking instructions and witness statements, drafting letters, making applications, providing court representation – you’ll do all of this. And when it comes to making sure time recording and income targets are met, again we’ll count on you to deliver.
Some relevant experience, possibly including working under legal aid contracts, would be an advantage. You’ll definitely need an intellectual aptitude and excellent critical reasoning skills, not to mention the ability to provide a good standard of professional service and client care. Proactive, results-driven and commercially aware, you enjoy collaborating as part of a team, respond quickly and positively to change and are not afraid to challenge the status quo and introduce new ideas when appropriate. What’s more, you're a great listener – someone who, having taken the facts into account, is able to communicate their thoughts clearly both in writing and face-to-face. Proficiency using case management systems and Microsoft Office applications is also essential, with good typing skills preferred.
Benefits include 30 days’ annual leave, the possibility of flexible working, enhanced family friendly policies and significant opportunities for learning and development.
For further information about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website.
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.
At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.
Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.