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JOB AD

Re-advertisement: JUNIOR SOLICITOR (1-3 years PQE)

(Note: This job is being re-advertised to widen the pool of candidates)

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, who is currently PRCBC’s sole employee. The post will be based at our offices in Hammersmith, London.

PRCBC is a small charity advising, assisting, and representing children and young people with their 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 others. 

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. The position is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  We would wish the successful candidate to start as soon as possible.

Salary:  £35-37k per annum depending on PQE
Closing date for applications: 5pm on Thursday 13 October 2022

Interviews: Week commencing Monday 17 October 2022

(The first interview will be about an hour and half at our office in Hammersmith. This will include a practical test)

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

Job Description and Person Specification

Job Application form

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

PDF version

22 September 2022

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Junior Consultant Solicitor(s)

We are looking for junior solicitors who can support our work on an ad hoc consultancy basis on average 2-4 days per week. This may include some Saturday working.

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 filing, creating and photocopying/scanning bundles, evidence gathering, booking appointments, drafting chronology and statements, complex citizenship casework, costs billing, legal aid claims including litigation in the higher courts, creating invoices, updating our case management system, requesting subject access disclosure and other evidence gathering etc. While induction and supervision will be provided as well as some training, the consultants will need to be highly focussed, well organised, efficient and committed to social justice.

The consultants must have

  • excellent interpersonal and legal skills
  • minimum of one year’s active experience in public law/nationality law
  • committed to social justice
  • excellent IT skills
  • work well under pressure
  • 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

Due to our limited resources, PRCBC will not be able to confirm receipt of any unsuccessful interest in connection with this ad.

Please note that PRCBC represents young people on British Nationality legal matters only.

30/07/2022

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VOLUNTEER

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

We need the person to

  • commit to volunteering 1-2 days per week from 10:00am to 5:00pm;
  • have a passion for social justice;
  • have a 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 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 to Solange Valdez-Symonds, PRCBC Solicitor/Director, e-mail: solange.valdez-symonds@prcbc.net

1/8/2022

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