Vacancies

SOLICITOR* – NEWLY QUALIFIED** to 3 YEARS PQE

£26,539 - £31,160 p.a. Inc. ILW

Great opportunity to deliver advice and assistance to people who use drugs and alcohol, on a range of legal and welfare issues. Successful candidates will have experience of social welfare law, including welfare benefits and/or housing.

*APPLICATIONS FROM BARRISTERS WITH EXPERIENCE IN THE RELEVANT PRACTICE AREAS ALSO ACCEPTED

** APPLICATIONS FROM THOSE DUE TO QUALIFY IN OCTOBER 2015 ALSO ACCEPTED – APPLICANTS MUST HAVE SPENT AT LEAST 6 MONTHS OF THEIR TRAINING CONTRACT IN ONE OF THE RELEVANT PRACTICE AREAS


Since 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 affect, 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 legal 15 outreach services in drug treatment centre’s across eight London boroughs assisting over 1,800 individuals every year. This non-judgmental service is an opportunity for clients of treatment centre’s 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: 5pm Wednesday 16th September 2015
Interviews to be held: Week commencing Saturday 19 September 2015
Start date: As soon as possible
Salary: £26,539 - £31,160 p.a. Inc. ILW
Contract Type: Permanent
Annual Holiday: 29 Days plus all public holidays
Location: London

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

To apply for the position, please send a current CV and a covering letter detailing why you are suitable for the position to recruitment@release.org.uk 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 kirstie@release.org.uk

**           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 (www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk) for information on the UK Government's immigration policy.

RELEASE IS COMMITTED TO PROMOTING EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Application Check List

  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Covering Letter

Please Note: Total documents NOT to exceed six A4 sides

Good luck!

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