Civil Liberties and Human Rights Solicitor

Vacancy:  Solicitor – Able to manage their own caseload
Department: Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Location: London (City)
Contract: Permanent – Full time
Salary: Dependent on experience
Application closing date: 4 April 2018

About ITN and the Department:

Our Work: ITN is an award winning leading law firm operating across a number of practice areas. The firm takes pride in its cross departmental approach to litigation. All departments in the firm are recognised as leaders in their fields.

Our Civil Liberties and Human Rights: The CLHR Department sits alongside the Public Law and Data Law Departments. The CLHR Department is recognised for their practice in private law litigation, obtaining substantial compensation for claimants in a range of situations, largely involving public and private bodies with the powers to detain and use force.  This includes, in public order cases arising from protests or involving football fans, in inquest cases involving the police and prison service, and in successfully challenging heavy handed community policing.  Over the last ten years, our practitioners have been involved in ground-breaking cases against a range of national police forces, the IOPC, the CPS, the Ministry of Justice and the Home Office. We have represented individuals, non-governmental organisations, community and activist networks in often complex cases.  

The caseload can be extremely varied. For instance, we have recently sought damages in two cases involving the arrest of over 300 protesters, acted for life sentenced prisoners assaulted by other prisoners or prison officers, brought a successful High court challenge to an IPCC independent investigation, acted in a number of death in custody inquest cases, represented victims challenging failed police investigations into historic child sex offences and a number of cases involving young men unjustly targeted by community police officers.

Our People: Our solicitors are known for their fearless and dynamic approach to litigation. We are known for our capacity to take complex and difficult factual challenges and find and apply novel legal solutions to achieve remedies for our client groups.

We are committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Overall purpose for this role

  • To conduct cases on behalf of the CLHR Department.
  • To assist with the continued development of the Department.
  • To assist the firm in achieving its professional and commercial objectives. You will ideally have a good network of contacts within the field, including contacts with referral agencies.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Managing your own case load
  • Developing and maintain referral sources.
  • Taking all steps from initial instructions from new clients and arranging funding, through to litigating the case in a CPR compliant manner and then billing the case.
  • Providing detailed, high quality advice to the client in the appropriate areas of law, in clear and understandable language. 
  • At all times, having strict regard to the Solicitors Regulation Authority's Standards of Professional Conduct and Ethics, and in particular to the strict requirement of confidentiality of clients' affairs.

Person Specification

Essential

  • The role is ideally suited to solicitors who can demonstrate experience in managing their own caseload.  
  • Genuine interest to work in Civil Liberties and Human Rights, in particular in bringing claims against the police and other detaining authorities.
  • A commitment to providing access to justice for all.
  • A thorough and comprehensive understanding of the relevant torts, the Human Rights Act 1998, the Data Protection Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010, and Inquest law.
  • Experience working on publicly funded cases.  You will be expected to have detailed knowledge and experience of the Legal Aid process.
  • Proven experience in the conduct of cases from initial advice through to witness statement exchange or trial.
  • Proficient drafting skills, including the ability to draft persuasive representations and letters before claim, statements of case (when appropriate), witness statements and other documents.
  • Proven ability to make sound strategic decisions when advising and during litigation to achieve the best results for clients whether in settlements or at trial.
  • Experience in dealing sensitively with clients and experts, providing solutions and managing difficult situations and conversations.
  • Experience of working with vulnerable clients.
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrated by an ability to communicate accurately, clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent time management skills, demonstrated by ability to organise and prioritise a complex workload and work to tight deadlines.
  • To assist the firm in maximising income and profitability by effective time recording, billing and staff planning.
  • Proven experience with the administration arising from the case conclusion, whether it is inter partes costs, CFA funded costs, legal aid only or some other form of funding through to payment of damages and clearing off of financial ledgers to archiving of files.
  • Solid experience in using a variety of IT packages (MS Word, Excel, Case Management Systems and Outlook).

Desirable

  • An existing case load that could be brought to the firm.
  • Existing proven links with referral organisations and sources.
  • Interest in and ability to develop links with potential referral organisations.
  • Experience in public law, victims’ rights, discrimination and Inquest cases.
  • An interest in immigration detention issues.
  • An interest in developing the practice areas by writing, lecturing and networking through a variety of forums is necessary.
  • Proven ability to delegate appropriately and to supervise and motivate reporting staff.

It's such an incredible place to work. Each day brings new and exciting challenges. You can be sure that whatever you are doing you are at the cutting edge of law.

Priyanka Chakravarty, Trainee Solicitor

 

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