LEGAL ADVISOR (1 year PQE Welfare benefits and/or housing)

Release was founded in 1967 and is a registered charity. The organisation has continuously and actively advocated for open access to justice for all individuals with a specific emphasis on substance misuse and dependency. By addressing the legal needs of drug users and those in recovery this can often have a profound and positive effect, not only for the individual but also for those who live, support and work with them. Reducing health and income inequalities significantly improves a person’s life chances and integration back into their community. Whilst legal services are available to the public via other sources, our client group will often be unable to access such services because of fear of stigma or discrimination.

Release currently operates 15 legal outreach services in drug treatment centres across eight London boroughs assisting over 1,800 individuals every year. This non-judgmental service is an opportunity for clients of treatment centres to access the services of a legal advisor one afternoon a week. The service is free at the point of delivery and is not dependent on legal aid. All clients receive advice and assistance, and in some cases representation.

We also operate a national drugs and legal helpline, as well as produce a number of free informative publications for the public at large, and specialist guidance material (some commissioned by Government Departments) aimed at professionals in the substance misuse and dependency field.

If you think you can make a difference as a legal advisor for Release, then please read the job description and person specification together with the application guidelines for details.

The successful candidate will have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check upon appointment which forms part of our Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy.

Closing time & date:  5.00PM ON FRIDAY 31 JULY 2015
Interviews to be held: Week commencing 10 August 2015
Start Date: As soon as possible
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: £26,539 - £31,160 p.a. Inc. ILW

Applicants are strongly advised to use their supporting statement as the opportunity to relate their skills to the job description and person specification.

The complete person specification and job description is available for download at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the position, please send a current CV and a covering letter detailing why you are suitable for the position to or post to Release, 124-128 City Road, London EC1V 2NJ. Applicants will receive an auto-confirmation email of receipt.

For further information, or an informal and confidential discussion regarding the position, please contact the Head of Legal Services – Kirstie Douse on 020 7324 2982 or

**           For this job, Release will only consider applications from those who already have the right to live and work in the UK. This is because, in order for Release to apply successfully for a work permit, we need to show that there are no suitable candidates who are normally resident in the UK or are nationals of the European Economic area (EU States plus Norway and Iceland). See the Home Office Immigration & Nationality Directorate ( for information on the UK Government's immigration policy.


Application Check List

Current Curriculum Vitae

Covering Letter

Please Note: Total documents NOT to exceed six A4 sides

Good luck!



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