We’re recruiting an Assistant to Jolyon Maugham QC

*Applications for this role are now closed.*

If you have already applied for this role, we are currently reviewing your application. Unfortunately, due to the high number of applications we have received, we may not be able to reply to all emails.  

If you are shortlisted for this position, we will be in touch to schedule an interview. We intend to hold interviews via Zoom on the 4th December 2020. 

Thank you for your interest in this position.


Good Law Project: Assistant to Jolyon Maugham QC

About Good Law Project

Good Law Project’s mission is to achieve change through the law. We defend, define and change the law to protect the environment, uphold democracy and ensure no one is left behind. We are a young organisation with a ground-breaking track record and are now seeking to expand our staff team.

Job description

Purpose: to support the Executive Director with research, paralegal and administrative tasks, personal and professional, helping ensure our cases run smoothly and professionally.

Reports to: Executive Director 

Salary: £30,000 per annum, funded in part by Good Law Project Limited and in part by Mr Maugham personally

Hours: 35 per week, over 5 days

Contract type: permanent, after completion of 3 months’ probation 

Location: Remote currently due to COVID-19; ultimately working in central London.

Responsibilities

  • Assisting Mr Maugham across the full range of his activities – legal and policy research, writing, and administration
  • Assisting with liaison with key stakeholders including Parliamentary staff, media, funders and others
  • General administrative duties, including e-filing, personal diary management, arranging calls and meetings, basic record-keeping and note-taking
  • General desk research and (to a lesser extent) specific legal research to support the ongoing casework of GLP
  • Proof-reading and some drafting under supervision
  • Other duties as reasonably required

Person Specification

Specialist skills and knowledge:

Essential:

  • Educated to degree level or above
  • Legal experience whether academic (e.g. this role could suit a law graduate or person who has completed a law conversion course) or professional (e.g. through previous working in the legal sector)
  • Excellent research, writing and verbal communications skills
  • A demonstrable ability to grasp quickly new concepts and areas of the law with an openness to learning new approaches, topics and skills
  • Good IT skills including mainstream applications
  • Good personal skills
  • Proactive and highly motivated 

Desirable:

  • Knowledge or experience in public law and other fields relevant to GLP’s work;
  • Knowledge or experience in using a case management system.

General competences

  • Commitment to a high standard of professional behaviours, including collaboration, honesty and integrity
  • Flexibility and adaptability in your attitude and approach to work, with a willingness to ‘muck in’ and support the team with whatever might arise, working towards a common objective
  • Strong organisational and administrative skills
  • Ability to set priorities in your area of responsibility and meeting (often tight) deadlines
  • Ability to proactively seek out relevant data to ensure the decisions you take are well founded
  • Ability to think through issues and problems, weigh up alternatives and prioritise actions based on evidence
  • Ability to look broadly, to see the whole picture and to see linkages and interdependencies which may not always be obvious
  • Willingness and ability to respond positively to changing circumstances and to support change 
  • Ability to foresee issues and problems and deal with them on a timely basis
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Belief in own ability to get things done even in the face of ambiguity, and to be aware of, and sensitive to others feelings and opinions 
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of UK political landscape.

Here’s where the role fits into the Good Law Project team structure: 

Organisational Structure

Deadline for applications: 11:30pm, 23 November 2020 

To apply, please send us one 3-page document consisting of your CV (max one page)  with a covering letter of no more than two pages outlining why you are interested in the role, and how you meet the requirements, together with the details of two referees to [email protected], with the subject line “Assistant to Jolyon Maugham”. We intend to hold interviews via Zoom on 4 December 2020.

We welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability (physical or learning), LGBT or relationship status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or social class. We particularly welcome applications from BAME candidates and/or those with lived experience of disadvantage.