Vacancies

We are looking for a Paralegal to provide casework and administrative support

Migrants Resource Centre (MRC) is seeking to recruit a PARALEGAL to work with Solange Valdez-Symonds, solicitor and director of the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC).  The post is based at MRC’s West London office, Derry House, 20 Penfold Street, London NW8 8HJ.

The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) is the first and only organisation to focus directly on children and young adults and their rights to British citizenship. PRCBC is hosted by Migrants Resource Centre (MRC).

Many children and young adults are eligible to register as British citizens, but do not do so for various reasons.  PRCBC aims to raise awareness of registration and the importance of citizenship, as well as to support and increase the number of children and young adults who register as British citizens.

The first main object of PRCBC is the relief of poverty by the provision of legal advice, aid, assistance and services, relating to the registration of children as British citizens, to those persons who could not otherwise obtain such provision due to lack of means.

The second main object of PRCBC is the advancement of education, particularly but not limited to matters relating to the legal framework of British citizenship status.

The work of PRCBC includes complex nationality advice and casework including litigation in the higher courts, delivering training to affected individuals and interested organisations and publishing briefings, blogs and articles.  PRCBC’s work is funded through a mix of legal aid and grants from Trusts and also relies on volunteers taking instructions and representing individual cases.

You will need to:-

1) have a degree in law, LLB or its equivalent

2) have an awareness of the needs of diverse and vulnerable children, young adults and their carers

3) have the ability to learn about the workings of the legal system and the legal aid processes quickly

4) be able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

5) be able to follow detailed instructions

6) be very organised, efficient and capable of working on your own initiative

7) be able to work within a team of professionals and volunteers from a very diverse group

8) have an absolute commitment to social justice

9) have or be able to quickly develop networking skills, which will enable you to build strong relationships with other voluntary and statutory agencies

10) have the ability to adapt and work within a small organisation with limited resources

11) submit to enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The contract is 4 days per week, which will include occasional out of hours work/weekend work. Normal working day is 7 hours, with core hours from 10:00am to 5:30pm. The post will initially be funded for one year and we would want the successful candidate to start as soon as possible and no later than 8 April 2018.

Salary: £20k per annum pro rata

For an application pack, please e-mail:

prcbc2013@gmail.com

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Monday, 19 February 2018.

Job Description- Paralegal

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We are looking for legal admin volunteers

You will need to:-

  • have a passion for social justice;
  • have a real commitment to the needs of  children/young adults and their carers;
  • be able to work within a team of professionals and volunteers from a very diverse group;
  • able to work under pressure;
  • commit to volunteering on Thursdays and/or Fridays  from 10:30am to 5:30pm for a minimum period of 6 months

Our volunteers are given thorough induction, training, support and supervision. We cover reasonable volunteering expenses. All our volunteers are expected to submit to periodic enhanced DBS checks.

The type of administrative voluntary work will vary depending on experience:

  • book and confirm appointments;
  • file court documents and issue in the high court;
  • draft simple administrative letters;
  • photocopy;
  • deliver urgent documents;
  • greet clients from reception;
  • complete simple non-legal forms;
  • undertake some legal research;
  • assist with completion of forms and prepare subject access requests;

If you are interested in volunteering, please send your curriculum vitae by e-mail and tell us:

1) Why you wish to volunteer?

2) What you expect to get out of volunteering?

3) How soon might you be available to start volunteering?

 

Solange Valdez-Symonds

PRCBC Solicitor/Director

E-mail: Solange.valdez-symonds@migrants.org.uk

Legal Advice Centre

Derry House

20 Penfold Street

London NW8 8HJ

 

 

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