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Job ad: professional support lawyer, East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership

Job ad: professional support lawyer, East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership

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

East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (EMSMP)

Grade J £45,859 (annual pay increase pending)

37 hours per week

Fixed term: two years (with potential extension subject to confirmation of funding) 

Secondment considered

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: Brein.Fisher@emcouncils.gov.uk 

The closing date for applications is 2.00 pm, Monday 21st June 2021.  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.

The Free Movement blog was founded in 2007 by Colin Yeo, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in immigration law. The blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law by a variety of authors.

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