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Home-working
Social Housing
Permanent
£35-37k pa (DoE)
Katherine Adams
recruitment@nwlcsteering.org.uk
07789 672343
20 days ago
08/02/2023

Senior Housing Solicitor

Role requirements: At least 3 years post-qualifying experience.

Location: Llandudno Junction, with flexible and some hybrid working, and area travel.

Salary: £35-37k per annum (dependant on experience), 28 days annual leave + bank holidays, 3% employer pension contributions and Employee Assistance Programme. 

Deadline for application: 9am, Wednesday 8 February 2023.

The role

The North Wales Law Centre Steering Group requires a passionate and experienced Welsh-speaking solicitor with a strong commitment to social justice to lead the legal team and our housing casework.

This is a rare opportunity to significantly influence the design and delivery of an exciting new service. The post holder will form part of a small, dedicated team launching a new Law Centre in North Wales.

We are looking for an enthusiastic housing solicitor to:

  • Help us establish and grow our service to meet the needs of people living across the North Wales region.
  • As Senior Solicitor, to provide direction to and supervision of all legal work carried out by the organisation.
  • Have conduct of and be responsible for the delivery of advice, casework, support and representation for clients from across North Wales on housing issues.
  • Work in partnership with our family solicitor to provide specialist housing advice and representation to people experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Identify opportunities to achieve positive change for communities through strategic litigation.
  • Work in partnership with community venues, advice agencies and other agencies to ensure the needs of local people are met and that social policy work is co-ordinated to prevent problems occurring wherever possible.
  • To inform and participate in our public legal education work, to promote the Law Centre and a rights-respecting culture in North Wales.

Main duties & responsibilities:

  1. To offer advice and representation to clients, in Welsh and English where required, on housing matters.
  2. To take on associated casework, to make applications for public funding as required.
  3. To ensure that all casework, advice, assistance and representation complies with the requirements of the organisations’ accreditation and where publicly funded complies with the requirements of the Legal Aid Agency.
  4. To act as a legal aid contract supervisor in the event that the organisation tenders for a LAA contract in housing law.
  5. To represent clients at the county court in Welsh and English as required.
  6. To liaise with landlord’s representatives, solicitors, other agencies and groups in Welsh and English as required.
  7. To interview and advise clients, in Welsh and English, regarding housing law and practice.
  8. To undertake outreach work, including liaising with local communities, delivering talks and presentations to groups, and visiting other groups and centres as appropriate. Work from various locations as reasonably required by the Board.
  9. To keep up-to-date at all times with developments in Welsh housing and homelessness law through training and independent research.
  10. To deliver training sessions in connection with own field of work to other agencies.
  11. To complete any other records in connection with casework in order to meet Law Centre requirements, maintain statistics and update client files, using manual or computerised systems as appropriate and as required by the organisation.
  12. To collate evidence and work in partnership with other advice providers locally and regionally to influence the development of policy and legislation in relation to housing.
  13. To prepare reports on own work for the information of the Trustee Board, funders and other stakeholders, as required.
  14. To carry out a share of administrative tasks including those detailed in the Law Centre`s Quality Manual.
  15. To undertake supervision and line management of the other members of the legal team.
  16. To undertake any other duties as may be reasonably required by the Board. 

Essential skills & attributes:

  • A strong commitment to challenging inequality and promoting social justice.
  • Must be able to meet the Legal Aid Agency supervisor standard for housing. At least three years post qualification experience of specialist Housing Law advice.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Welsh and English, with a strong commitment to delivering legal services in clients’ preferred language and growing Welsh legal talent.
  • Experience of working under the legal aid scheme (Legal Help and certificated) and the exercise of delegated functions.
  • Experience of County Court litigation including advocacy.
  • Sound understanding of the SRA Professional Conduct Rules, SQM standards and Solicitor’s Accounts Rules and ability to apply them as necessary.
  • Proven experience of billing, meeting financial targets and time recording requirements using our case management system.
  • An understanding of and commitment to equality and diversity and its relevance to legal advice.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the organisation’s client group.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to prioritise work including willingness to undertake urgent work, sometimes necessarily out of hours (judicial reviews/injunctions).
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent IT skills.
  • Experience of line management.

Desirable skills & attributes:

  • Experience of working with communities/individuals who are marginalised, affected by discrimination and/or of working with agencies in the voluntary or statutory sector in a relevant field of work.
  • Previous experience of applying for grant funding.

Apply now

The deadline for application for this, and other vacancies currently available with the North Wales Law Clinic, is Wednesday 8 February 2023, at 9am.

How to apply: further details for this role, the application pack, and an equality and mentoring form, are available here: nwlcsteering.org.uk/en/recruitment

Contact

If you’re interested in working with the North Wales Law Centre but are unsure about the roles advertised, would like to volunteer, or are interested in the possibility of working with us in the future, we’d love to hear from you!

Please contact our Development Manager Katherine Adams in the first instance, on 07789 672343 or email us at recruitment@nwlcsteering.org.uk.