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Solicitor or Senior Caseworker (IAAS Level 2)

SUPERVISED BY: GMIAU supervisor

Responsible to: CEO of GMIAU

HOURS: 35 HOURS (flexitime)

HOLIDAYS: 28 days

This post will be based in Manchester (with some remote working) providing legal immigration advice and representation to people across North West England.

We will consider part-time hours.

Application packs should be requested by emailing Denise McDowell, CEO at denise@gmiau.org.

PURPOSE OF THE POST

To conduct immigration and asylum casework within a team of advisers and representatives.

The caseworker must be able to deal with all immigration and asylum matters. The caseworker will carry out duties commensurate with a IAAS Level 2 accredited caseworker and work well both independently and as part of a team of experienced caseworkers based in Manchester and Liverpool.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. To provide high-quality legal advice in all areas of asylum and immigration.

2. To ensure that all advice, assistance and representations comply with the requirements of the SRA/OISC and the LAA contract for legal aid.

3. To maintain accurate and up to date client records and files.

4. To conduct casework in accordance with agreed GMIAU practice, including time recording and performance targets.

5. To undertake all aspects of casework. This includes research, completing forms, advising and making representations, preparing appeal bundles, lodging applications, and representation at all levels of challenge including Ftt, UT, CoA. (The examples are not exhaustive).

6. To manage a caseload of cases according to the level of experience and accreditation held.

7. To contribute towards, and participate in, project work that is designed to assist particular groups of people. At the time of writing this may include support for refugee family reunion.

8. To see clients held in detention in the North West as agreed.

9. To attend training as required by GMIAU.

10. To keep up to date with developments and changes in UK immigration law and practice.

11. To conduct casework in accordance with agreed GMIAU practice.

12. To work alongside other agencies who support the clients we represent.

General

1. To maintain Law Society (IAAS) accreditation at level 2 and participate in regular training to maintain CPD and improve knowledge and expertise.

2. To be self-servicing, including typing own documents, copying, and maintaining computerised records.

3. To work as part of a team to cover the advice line and our legal advice appointment system.

4. To arrange client appointments and the booking of interpreters according GMIAU procedures.

5. To follow the GMIAU process for incurring and paying disbursements

6. To attend meetings of the Board of Trustees, and sub committees as directed.

7. To work within the GMIAU structure and supervision framework.

8. To attend team meetings, training sessions and casework meetings.

9. To carry out all duties with due regard to equality principles and to challenge discrimination.

10. To carry out all duties with due regard for the health and safety of yourself and others

11. To carry out other duties which are commensurate with the duties of and responsibilities within this job description as directed by the CEO or Board of Trustees.

Person Specification

The items listed below are not in the order of importance.

1 SKILLS AND ABILITIES Criteria Assessment

1.1 Be able to conduct immigration legal casework, and organise and maintain (digital) case files Essential Application and interview

1.2 Be able to identify cases which are appropriate for appeal Essential Application and interview

1.3 Be able to act as an advocate before the First-tier Tribunal and represent clients at all stages of appeal. Desirable Application and interview

1.4 Be able to identify appropriate cases for the High Court and Judicial Review Essential Application and interview

1.5 To be self-servicing, including keyboard and word processing skills, photocopying and maintaining computerised records. Essential Application and interview

1.6 Be willing to meet billing targets Essential Application and interview

1.7 Be committed to challenging discrimination and able to work in an anti-discriminatory manner Essential Application and interview

1.9 Have excellent interpersonal skills:- a) be able to communicate effectively in English verbally and in writing to a varied group of people b) have good listening skills and be able to comprehend verbal information c) be co-operative and a supportive member of a team Essential Application and interview

1.10 Be able to identify sources of UK immigration, asylum, and human rights law and practice and maintain an up to date knowledge of this area Essential Application and interview

1.11 Be able to work well under pressure and work with minimal supervision Essential Application and interview

2 KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

2.1 Have a good and up to date working knowledge of immigration law and practice, to a level to be able to conduct casework with minimal supervision Essential Application and interview

2.3 Have a good and up to date working knowledge of asylum law and practice. Essential Application and interview

2.4 Have a knowledge of the process of judicial review sufficient to prepare cases for judicial review Essential Application and interview

2.5 Have an understanding of equal opportunities and anti discriminatory principles and be able to apply them when dealing with clients and colleagues Essential Application and interview

3 EXPERIENCE

3.1 Experience of conducting immigration and asylum casework Essential Application and interview

3.3 Experience of acting as an advocate in a tribunal or court setting Desirable Application and interview

3.4 Experience of maximising funding on case files to meet targets Essentials Application and interview

3.5 Experience of running Legal Aid and certificated cases Desirable Application and interview

4 QUALIFICATIONS

4.1 Have current IAAS Level 2 accreditation. Essential Application and interview

5 GENERAL

5.1 Have a commitment to working on behalf of people seeking asylum, refugees and those affected by immigration controls Essential Application and interview

5.2 Have an understanding of equality and anti-discriminatory principles and follow GMIAU’s equal opportunities policy in all work situations. Essential Application and interview

5.3 Willingness to work in line with GMIAU’s confidentiality policy Essential Interview

5.4 Willingness to operate procedures as set down in the GMIAU Quality manual Essential Interview

5.5 Be able and willing to work occasional evenings and/or weekends Essential Interview

5.7 Willingness to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check Essential Interview

Candidates will be assessed against the person specification using the essential criteria. If the resulting short list produces too many candidates then those on the list will be reassessed using both essential and non essential criteria

About Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and the post of Immigration Solicitor/Senior Caseworker.

Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit (GMIAU) exists to advise, support, and represent people who are subject to immigration control. We have been established since 1989 and we provide expert legal advice on all issues of immigration, asylum, nationality, and human rights.

We are looking to recruit a member of staff to strengthen our team based in Manchester.

We are passionate about the work that we do and we are committed to providing the best possible service to people in need. We represent adults and children and we take their cases to the highest courts when necessary.

At the core of all our activities are the following values:

1. We take on difficult cases and we don’t give up easily.

2. We make sure we have the knowledge and expertise we need to succeed.

3. We work with people to maximise the talents, humanity and value of our immigrant communities

4. We campaign for improvements in immigration law and policy

5. We are not silent when we see injustice.

GMIAU is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. All our services are free.

Our Charitable Objectives are:

To provide free, confidential, independent information, advice, representation, and advocacy services to the communities in the north west of England;

To assist such individuals trying to obtain entry/leave to remain in the UK for themselves and/or for family members;

To liase and develop links with other agencies dealing with immigration, asylum and nationality issues;

To promote access to justice for those subject to immigration control;

To provide support to individual and national campaigns;

To provide training on asylum, immigration and nationality issues.

Staff at GMIAU

There are currently 24 staff at GMIAU. The legal team is made up of a Senior Solicitor, Supervising Solicitor, three Supervising Senior Caseworkers, 7 Solicitors, three Level 2 senior

caseworkers, and one Trainee Solicitors. We also run a number of projects to support people who are homeless and destitute, people with refugee status including our family reunion project, people who have no recourse to public funds and who are at risk, and children and young people. We take social work students on placement, and we have approximately 20 volunteers at any one time. We are governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees.

Services

Legal Casework:

We carry out Legal Immigration Casework and Representation including judicial review and appeals in the Higher Courts. We have offices in Manchester and one in Liverpool.

We also have a Public Law solicitor and hold Legal Aid Agency contracts in immigration and asylum and public law.

Information and Advice:

We produce leaflets and written materials on subjects like detention, fresh claims, children and young people’s rights

Telephone advice:

Three sessions per week

Homeless and Destitution Support Services

Including asylum support appeals

Community Outreach sessions:

We run advice sessions in the community to meet the needs of particular groups of people. detention.

Training:

We provide training to voluntary and statutory agencies across the region.

Closing date:
12 November 2021, 12:00pm
Organization:
Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit
Salary:
Scale 23 to 30 £27,741 to £33,782 pay award pending.
Contact details:
Denise McDowell, CEO.
Contact email: