Reprieve is a UK charity founded in 1999. Reprieve uses strategic interventions to end the use of the death penalty globally, and to end extreme human rights abuses carried out in the name of “counterterrorism” or “national security”.
Reprieve’s main office is in London, UK. Reprieve also supports full time Reprieve Fellows, who work as lawyers, investigators and advocates in different countries. Reprieve works with partners in jurisdictions all over the world, including Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), government officials, individual lawyers and human rights defenders, as well as individual, corporate and foundation funders.
Reprieve focuses on three key areas: the death penalty; extrajudicial killings; and secret detention. Reprieve investigates, litigates and educates. Reprieve’s UK litigation team works to uncover and expose British complicity in these abuses, using litigation before the English Courts and Tribunals to hold government agencies and agents accountable for their role. Our UK litigation work serves not only to help individuals obtain justice and redress through legal mechanisms, but also to highlight and challenge the abusive practices carried out and supported by our government and to expose the absence or failings of safeguards to protect individuals from such abuses of state power.
The Casework Lawyer will work within Reprieve’s UK litigation team in the Casework Team under the guidance of the Head and Deputy Head of UK litigation, and alongside caseworkers and seconded trainees. They will be responsible for maintaining and progressing our existing portfolio of cases, which include public law files, actions against the police and civil claims, as well as actions before complaints bodies and tribunals.
To see a full person specification please visit our website or see the attached job description.
The Casework Lawyer will proactively seek out, identify and work with the relevant teams to assess opportunities to use UK litigation to advance the organisation’s strategic goals. In analysing whether to pursue a UK litigation opportunity, the Casework Lawyer will consider alternative options which could achieve the same objectives, and carefully weigh up the pros and cons of pursuing litigation in any given situation. The Casework Lawyer will work closely with instructed legal teams and individual claimants and their families to advance cases and ensure coordination of legal actions in line with Reprieve’s strategic goals. The Casework Lawyer will also help teams advance investigation, including overseeing and offering guidance on record collection and other investigative techniques.
In addition to working on UK legal cases, the role may encompass some drafting and coordination of international legal submissions, particularly before international human rights complaints mechanisms and international tribunals. There may also be opportunities to contribute to Reprieve’s legal advisory and policy work.
The candidate will be a confident and capable lawyer, with experience of managing a varied and fast-moving caseload with limited supervision and handling sensitive client interactions. They will have a demonstrable understanding of how the law can be used as a tool both to protect and achieve redress for those in the most vulnerable positions, and as part of a broader strategy to effect political change. They will be able to work under pressure, collaborate well with different teams working towards shared goals, and take into consideration multiple factors in analysing and strategising on cases. They will be comfortable taking responsibility for file administration and management and overseeing seconded trainees on short term placements.
- Supervised management of a diverse and complex caseload, working alongside instructed counsel and solicitors to advance Reprieve’s strategic goals through various ongoing cases before the UK Courts, Tribunals and complaints mechanisms;
- Identification and preliminary assessment of new opportunities to use UK litigation to advance casework and organisational strategic objectives;
- Close and continual collaboration with policy, media and campaigns teams as well as regional casework teams to provide legal support and identify and progress litigation opportunities;
- Day to day conduct, under supervision, of certain casefiles, including public law cases, actions against the police, and information law claims. Tasks will include acting as a contact point for claimants or potential claimants, liaising with counsel and instructed solicitors, substantive and procedural legal research, locating and interviewing witnesses, drafting statements, record collection, review and analysis, interpartes correspondence, file maintenance and management, coordination of legal actions and teams;
- Maintenance of accurate and complete case files, including responsibility for filing, record keeping and dissemination of information as appropriate;
- Supervision and management of seconded trainees.
- Drafting and reviewing international legal submissions, including before the European Court of Human Rights, International Criminal Court, and the United Nations;
- Identification of opportunities for and facilitating third party interventions before international and regional courts and tribunals;
- Contributions to legal advisory and policy work as required.
- Undertaking and contributing to other projects from time to time, particularly where such projects have an overall organisational
Length and Salary
The role is a full-time fixed term contract for 12 months duration with the possibility of extension subject to funding. The annual salary is £36,400 per annum less any required deductions for income tax and national insurance. Please note that Reprieve’s pay is transparent and non-negotiable.
Reprieve is an equal opportunity employer and we particularly welcome applicants who are significantly underrepresented in our sector, such as members of the LGBTQI community, those with disabilities, and individuals from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.
Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK.
How to apply
For full details please visit our website or see the attached job description and person specification.