We are delighted to be recruiting two Paralegals, to assist our legal team with their active immigration caseloads, undertaking casework support tasks.

Salary: £25,655.96 - £26,099.66 per annum

Deadline for applications: 19 September 2021, 10pm

Interviews via Zoom, week commencing 4 October 2021


Responsibilities

Reporting to the deputy legal director, responsibilities will be:

  • Providing specialist administrative support to the legal department, including:
    • Assisting with time recording using JCWI’s Case Management System;
    • Responding to written requests for legal assistance;
    • Liaising with specialist partners and suppliers including with country experts, independent social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists
    • Working with the Legal Assistant to prepare files for billing submission to the Legal Aid Billing Consultant;
    • Liaising with the Legal Aid Agency;
    • Liaising with prisons, detention centres and with the Home Office.
    • Supporting thematic projects undertaken by the department;
  • Assisting in court work including completion of court forms as may be required.
  • Drafting letters of instruction, getting quotes, and helping caseworkers and clients to prepare forms and other documents, including:
    • Letters to the Home Office;
    • Letters to the Legal Aid Agency and funding agencies;
    • Subject Access Requests; Routine letters to clients, bundle preparation, preparing chronologies, attending court etc
  • Providing research support for caseworkers, including:
    • Legal research on matters of case law and legislation;
    • Research into Home Office policy and procedures;
    • Country background research
  • Undertake these activities in accordance with:
    • The Law Society’s standards of professional conduct;
    • Policies, procedures & practices outlined in JCWI’s casework manual;
    • The Legal Aid Agency’s standard contract & specification.
  • Attend and contribute to weekly team meetings and monthly staff meetings.

Person specification

Essential

  • An appropriate qualification in law or legal services, or 1-2 years’ experience in a similar role; volunteering will be considered;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and passion for the immigration sector, equality, and migrants’ rights;
  • Ability to work proactively, to prioritise effectively and to meet deadlines, with well-developed time management skills;
  • Understanding of the need to develop different skills and sensitivities required to work and build trust with vulnerable and/or at-risk individuals;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, with proven ability to communicate complex legal information clearly and succinctly;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate and negotiate with a wide range of people internally and externally

Desirable

  • Understanding or experience of working or volunteering within Legal Aid
  • OISC accreditation (if the successful applicant does not have the accreditation, we will provide the necessary support required).

Benefits

As one of the leading national organisations fighting for fairness and justice in the UK's immigration system, JCWI is an exciting and dynamic place to work. We are a living wage employer and all staff enjoy workplace benefits including generous pension contributions, bike loan scheme and an employee well-being programme. We have a flexible working policy, making it possible to work from home or from the office, as agreed with your line manager.

How to Apply

Apply with an up-to-date CV and a cover letter of not more than two pages outlining interest for the role, using the online system.

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About JCWI

JCWI is a leading national charity that provides legal advice to migrants, and campaigns for a fairer immigration system.

Our award-winning legal team have years of experience defending the rights of their clients across all areas of immigration, nationality and asylum law. 

We also campaign for the rights of people who have been pushed out of the immigration system in the UK, and against the hostile environment. We work with migrants, grassroots campaigners and politicians to push for change. This work is so important at a time like this, with migrants’ rights under ever greater attack.