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Professional Support Lawyer - Immigration (Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children and Refugees)

This is a 2 year fixed term role with potential for extension subject to confirmation of funding.

This is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership and support to legal advisers and social workers across the nine upper tier local authorities in the East Midlands in their management of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC), care leavers, looked after children and individuals subject to a NRPF condition. You will provide legal advice, support, develop precedents and working practices, research points of law, contribute to the production of briefings, updates, or other materials for circulation, and provide training sessions on immigration and asylum law, practice and precedents. Representation on casework is specifically excluded.

A qualified solicitor/barrister/legal executive, the ideal person will have detailed knowledge of Law relevant to age assessments of unaccompanied asylum seekers, NRPF and human rights legislation, and knowledge of recent developments in central government policy on asylum seekers, refugees and migration issues. Experience of judicial reviews and knowledge of welfare law would also be beneficial. You will have experience of working within a local authority, partner regional agency or equivalent organisation, including responsibility for policy development, advocacy and partnership working. Additionally, you will have the ability to provide training to external stakeholders, to build relationships across the partnerships, to manage conflicting priorities, and to meet demanding deadlines.

In return we can offer learning and development opportunities, flexible working arrangements, a positive working environment within a respected organisation at a regional level.  Our offices are based at Pera Business Park which offers ample parking, on-site café and gym facilities. Home working will also be an option.

For an informal discussion please contact Brein Fisher, Regional Migration Manager, East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership at East Midlands Councils:

Interviews are anticipated to take place virtually or will be held at East Midlands Councils’ Offices at Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0PB, week commencing 5th July 2021.

A copy of the Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form can be found here.

Closing date:
21 June 2021, 02:00pm
East Midlands Councils - East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership
Location of office:
Melton Mowbray
£45,859 - annual pay award pending
Contact details:
Brein Fisher, Regional Migration Manager