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Social Housing Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor

Duncan Lewis
London (City of), London (Greater)
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Practice area
Landlord and tenant
Contract type
Full time
Not applicable
Paralegal, Trainee and graduate
Private practice

Job Details

Regulated by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority, Duncan Lewis Solicitors was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in the City of London (Fenchurch Street EC3M), with offices nationwide. We are recognized by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners UK independent legal directories as a top-tier law firm – “a diligent and professional team that is prepared to go the extra mile for its clients”. A paperless law firm with over 500 personnel that embraces hybrid-working, we service both corporate entities and private individuals in over 25 areas of law across 60 languages. We give people a voice - that is our ethos.

Choosing a career with Duncan Lewis is choosing a law firm that is the largest provider of publicly funded (legal aid) legal services in the country, has been Investors in People Gold Standard accredited for over 15 years and is continuously applauded nationally for the work that it does.

In 2022 we were named as one of the Times 200 Best Law Firms. In 2021 we were celebrated by the Chambers Europe Award as an ‘outstanding firm’ for diversity and inclusion. In previous years we have been awarded a number of awards, including the Law Society Excellence Award for Large Law Firm of the Year in 2020, Access to Justice at the UK Legal Diversity Awards in 2019 and the Family Law Firm of the Year at the 2015 Family Law Awards, to name just a few. Duncan Lewis is Law Society Lexcel, Cyber Essentials Plus and ISO 27001 Information Management accredited.

We look to recruit dedicated and talented employees in both legal and non-legal capacities, and we are always interested to receive applications from quality candidates. If you can demonstrate a strong commitment to the areas of law provided by the firm, and you are keen to build a career with us, please apply online with your details and CV.

Housing Department Background:

Noted for its “sustained legal conviction combined with outstanding advocacy”, our Housing team, is ranked and recommended by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners UK for its services in social housing UK-wide, providing assistance to both landlords and tenants on all housing issues. We handle both publicly funded (legal aid) and privately funded legal services in homelessness, disrepair, eviction, succession for tenants, neighborhood problems, debt issues and possession proceedings. Our solicitors are highly experienced in finding solutions to housing disputes and aim to address the issues quickly and effectively. The department regularly represents clients at all court levels (including the Higher Courts) and is extensively experienced at handling all housing related judicial review claimant matters at the High Court.

What we are looking for

We are seeking to recruit two Social Housing Paralegals with a view to commencing a training contract in our Housing department. The training contract is a fixed term contract for up to 24 months.

The two positions will be funded by the Legal Aid Agency via a trainee grant.

The successful candidate will join as a Social Housing Paralegal, and subject to successful completion of a 3 month probationary period, will commence their training contract. We are looking for eligible candidates that are able to commence the role at the end of November 2023.

The successful candidate will be undertaking work in relation to the Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service (HLPAS) and will deal with clients that call into the service or handle cases taken on under HLPAS.

The role will also involve assisting with casework including dealing with a range of public and private housing cases including Homelessness, Disrepair, Eviction, Possession as well as other matters within Social Housing law.

This is an excellent opportunity for a graduate looking to progress their career within Social Housing.

Key Skills Required:

To succeed in your role as a Social Housing Paralegal/Trainee Solicitor you will:

  • Demonstrate passion and experience in a broad range of publicly funded Housing Law
  • A strong academic background with a Law degree
  • Legal experience as a Housing Paralegal/Advisor
  • Clear understanding and application of Housing Laws
  • Business acumen and the ability to market the Company
  • Excellent communications skills to work effectively with all types of people
  • Excellent analytical and organisational skills and ability to use own initiative but know when to seek guidance
  • Committed team player, self -motivated and professional
  • Excellent IT Skills -familiar with Microsoft Office applications and document management skills

What we Offer

  • Competitive salary
  • A fantastic supportive team
  • Flexible working hours
  • Excellent progression opportunities
  • Support for appropriate legal awards/recognition

The recruitment process will fully comply with GDPR and other applicable laws. Background checks including CRB / DBS checks will establish your eligibility to work in the UK and suitability to the role.

For information on employee benefits and reward, please refer to Empployee Reward & Benefits under Careers tab.

Equal Opportunities:

Duncan Lewis is committed to Equal Opportunities and embraces diversity of its staff. The Company strives to ensure that our staff reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, which is reflective at all levels within our workforce.If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the recruitment process, please talk to a member of the recruitment team so that any required adjustments can be made in advance.
We guarantee an interview for candidates that disclose a disability and meet the essential requirements for the post. Please provide additional details in your covering letter if this applies.

If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, apply now using our online process for your application to be considered.



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