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Housing Solicitor

  • Job reference: EC2305HOUSLEGAID
  • Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Area of Expertise: Qualified
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Job description: SOLICITOR

Location: Manchester
Job Type: Permanent
Area of expertise: Housing, Debt and Welfare
Salary: £30,000-40,000 + DOE

A fantastic opportunity to work as Head of Housing Disrepair with a fantastic Firm with an enviable based in the North West. The Firm is a forward-looking organisation with a reputation for quality legal services and provides a great working atmosphere. The Firm has just been awarded Legal Aid status for this area of work so they are looking for a candidate to come on board and lead the new Legal Aid department for Housing. The ideal candidate will be able to conduct their own advocacy in compliance with relevant pre-action protocols and demonstrate a commercial approach with a view to actively business developing.
Responsibilities:
*Deal with possession proceedings and eviction including counterclaims for disrepair
*Deal with unlawful eviction
*Deal with homelessness including asylum support for accommodation
*Deal with anti-social behaviour issues
*Deal with harassment injunctions
*Deal with serious disrepair
*Deal with debt matters
*Conduct appeals in the Upper Tribunal, High Court, Court of Appeal or Supreme Court
*Deal with associated regulation and management issues
*Deal with any property litigation as and when required
*Other tasks that may be required as per the demands of the position
*Training and supervision of junior staff

Requirements:
*Satisfy supervisor requirements for Legal Aid Agency in Housing and Debt
*Must have supervised at least 1 full time worker for at least 12 months in the last 5 years
*Specifically, in the previous 12 months have worked on the minimum number of cases in the combined Housing and Debt case list below:
oRent arrears, mortgage arrears, other possession - 5 cases from any in this list
oHomelessness - 3 cases
oPrivate disrepair, public disrepair, EPA - statutory nuisance - 2 cases from any in list
*In the previous 12 months have worked on the minimum number of cases in each of the 3 categories below:
oHousing and debt - 3 possession cases AND 1 homelessness case OR 1 housing disrepair case
o1 case where judicial review may have been required and identification of the purpose and the client's role
o1 case where possible contravention of the ECHR 1950 (effected by HRA 1998) may have occurred
*Management of junior staff and department essential

Should you wish to discuss this role before applying, please contact Emma Clapham on 01772 208969 or email emma.clapham@servicecare.org.uk

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