Vacancies

JUNIOR SOLICITOR (1-3 years PQE)

The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) is seeking to recruit a self-motivating and committed junior solicitor to assist Solange Valdez-Symonds, PRCBC’s supervising solicitor and CEO. The post will be based at our offices in Hammersmith, London.

Salary:                                               £35-38k per annum depending on PQE
Closing date for applications:    5pm on Friday 17 February 2023

Interviews:                                       Week commencing 20 February 2023

(There will be two interviews at our office in Hammersmith. The first interview will be about an hour and half. The second interview will be about an hour. This will include practical legal skills tests).

PRCBC is a small charity advising, assisting, and representing children and young people with their complex British citizenship rights; undertaking strategic litigation and policy advocacy to remove legal and practical barriers to citizenship; and providing information and training to the public and professionals to increase knowledge of citizenship rights and capacity to secure these.

Since it was founded in 2012, PRCBC has worked to enable numerous judicial review claims, challenging historic injustices and other aspects of Home Office policy and practice in relation to young people’s citizenship rights under the British Nationality Act 1981.  Over time it has achieved significant changes in the law; in 2022 its litigation resulted in the Home Office being compelled to consider children’s best interests and to issue policy guidance on affordability of registration fees, including a fee exemption for looked after children and the possibility of fee waivers for other children. 

The work of the junior solicitor will be to advise and assist young people on their complex British citizenship applications; assist the supervising solicitor as necessary; to develop their own caseload under the supervision of the supervising solicitor and to support all other aspects of PRCBC’s work. Please see job description and person specification for more information.

The position is full-time, and funding has been secured for three years. It is for 4 or 5 days per week (depending on personal circumstances). Hours will include one Saturday a month and out of hours work at times. A normal working day is 7 hours, with core hours from 10:00am to 5:30pm.

PRCBC is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all who believe they fit the essential requirements of the post.

Application form

Job description and person specification

Equal opportunity Monitoring form

19 January 2023

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General Administrator (Consultancy basis)

Frequency:                3-5 days per week (flexible days)

Start date:                  As soon as possible

Rate:                           £110-150 per day (depending on skills and experience)

Hours:                        9am-5pm (flexible hours)

Place of work:           PRCBC office in Hammersmith, London

How to apply:            Please send your CV and a letter explaining why you believe you are suitable for the role. Please ensure that you tell us how you meet our essential, and if applicable, our desirable requirements for the role (see below) by e-mail to admin@prcbc.net

A self-motivating and experienced general administrator is needed to assist Solange Valdez-Symonds, the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC)’s supervising solicitor and CEO, with all aspects of administrative work.

PRCBC is a small busy charity advising, assisting, and representing children and young people with their complex British citizenship rights; undertaking strategic litigation and policy advocacy to remove legal and practical barriers to citizenship; and providing information and training to the public and professionals to increase knowledge of citizenship rights and capacity to secure these.

The post holder will be subject to enhanced DBS check and must be eligible to work in the UK.

Experience and skills:

Essential

  • Commitment to social justice
  • Proven experience in general administrative work (photocopying, booking appointments, record keeping, time-recording, drafting invoices, online form filling, requesting records etc)
  • Confident or be willing to quickly learn with using Adobe e-bundling, Microsoft Office packages including Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Excellent written skills
  • Ability to work quickly and to a high standard under pressure
  • Ability to assist vulnerable clients respectfully and with compassion.

Desirable

  • Experience of working with young people
  • Experience of Legal Aid funding applications
  • Law degree or its equivalent.

16 January 2023

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Junior Consultant Solicitor(s)

We are looking for a junior solicitor with 1-3 PQE who can support our work on an ad hoc consultancy basis on average 2-4 days per week at our office in Hammermith, London from -5pm (negotiable working days and hours).

PRCBC is a small, registered charity and representing children and young people with their complex citizenship rights; undertaking strategic litigation and policy advocacy to remove legal and practical barriers to citizenship; and providing information and training to the public and professionals to increase knowledge of citizenship rights and capacity to secure these. All our work is conducted to the highest professional standards.

The consultants will be providing casework support to Solange Valdez-Symonds, supervising solicitor and CEO at our office in Hammersmith, London. Due to the nature of our work and our young clients there is no scope of working from home.

The work of the consultants will vary. It will include supporting PRCBC in all aspects of PRCBC’s work: from evidence gathering, completing legal forms, drafting chronologies and statements, complex citizenship casework, requesting subject access disclosure and other evidence gathering etc.

While induction, training and supervision will be provided, the consultant will need to be highly focussed, well organised, efficient and committed to social justice.

The consultant must

  • have excellent interpersonal and legal skills
  • have minimum of one year experience in having conduct of cases
  • be committed to social justice
  • have excellent IT skills
  • work well under pressure
  • have ability to work as part of a small team and on their own
  • submit to DBS enhanced check

We would be able to pay between £130-170 per day depending on experience, qualifications, and skills. We may also be able to pay reasonable travelling expenses. Please send your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability for the role to solange.valdez-symonds@prcbc.net

16/01/2023

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER

(to volunteer in person at our office in Hammersmith, London)

We need the person to

  • commit to volunteering 1-2 days per week from 10:30am to 5:30pm;
  • have passion for social justice;
  • have non-judgmental approach towards our clients;
  • have good IT skills;
  • have a law degree;
  • submit to DBS enhanced check.

Depending on skills and experience, the work of the volunteer may vary, but will include: filing, photocopying, scanning, booking appointments, creating invoices, updating case management system, research etc.

Our volunteers are given thorough induction, training, support and supervision. We provide lunch, reasonable travelling and childcare expenses. All our volunteers have to submit to periodic enhanced DBS checks.

Please send your CV and covering letter to admin@prcbc.net

16/1/2023