Housing Law Solicitor / Case worker

Recruiter
Dowse & Co.
Location
Dalston, London (Greater)
Salary
£30,000 to £45,000
Posted
13 Jun 2019
Closes
05 Jul 2019
Position
Solicitor
Contract type
Permanent

Role: Full or part time Housing Law Solicitor / Case worker based in Dalston, London E8.

Qualifications: Experienced solicitor or caseworker, and LAA Supervisor status preferable.

Salary: £30,000 to £45,000.

Summary : 

We are expanding our Housing Law department by recruiting an enthusiastic civil law solicitor/caseworker. We represent clients on a range of housing matters including possession actions, disrepair, homelessness, injunctions, unlawful eviction, leaseholder disputes and succession matters.

Responsibilities:

  • Advising clients- primarily tenants- about their housing law rights and remedies
  • Advising clients on funding options- including CFAs- and legal costs throughout their case
  • Preparing Legal aid applications and all subsequent housing franchise requirements, including issuing emergency certificates
  • Negotiating with landlords and their representatives to settle cases pre-action, where possible
  • Instructing experts
  • Preparing pleadings and schedules
  • Pursuing civil actions up to trial
  • Recovering inter partes costs and efficient billing
  • Team work alongside other Solicitors will be key,
  • Maintaining case management systems and contributing to practice management
  • Providing in house training to colleagues on housing law and civil procedure

The candidate:

  • Applications from NQ to solidly experienced solicitors and housing caseworkers will be considered
  • Experience in legal aid work and billing legal aid will be useful (but training will be provided to the right candidate).
  • Demonstrate commitment to legal aid work and social welfare law
  • Effective practitioner in civil litigation procedure
  • A willingness to develop advocacy skills and to attend court for applications and case management
  • Evidence of commitment to professional development and interest in housing law and civil procedure
  • Experience of carrying a full caseload with minimal supervision

The Firm:

Dowse & Co has been a partnership for 125 years. We have a longstanding commitment to our community and a reputation for excellence and professionalism. We believe in access to justice and do our best to provide first class legal representation and advice irrespective of our client’s means and circumstances. We recruit to retain and many of our lawyers and partners have been trainees at the firm.

Our terms of employment are good and we try to be as flexible as possible to accommodate the different needs of employees: we practice equality in the workplace but always strive to do better. We actively recruit part time employees and do not discriminate on that ground.

Closing date: Friday 5th July 2019

Please send CV and covering letter ps@dowse.co.uk and/or call Patrick Spence on 020 7254 6205 to discuss the role.  See our website at www.dowse.co.uk

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