We’re hiring a Public Law Litigator

The deadline to apply for this position has now closed. We are currently reviewing applications and will be in touch with successful candidates regarding the next stage. We received a large number of applications for this position and so, unfortunately, will not be able to reply to individuals who have been unsuccessful.


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 great track record and are now planning to hire a senior public law litigator to join the legal team to further develop our work principally in our ‘no one left behind’ workstream, addressing injustice, discrimination and inequality experienced by some of the most marginalised groups in our society. 

The role requires a qualified barrister or solicitor, who has considerable experience of running their own litigation, most likely through working recently in a senior role in private practice, and who has minimal need for supervision on day-to-day casework. 

Job description

Purpose: to identify and manage casework within Good Law Project’s litigation portfolio, with a particular focus on the ‘no one left behind’ workstream. 

Reports to: Legal Director

Salary: £60,000 per annum with generous benefits

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 with some flexibility.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct of allocated casework, including instructing and working with expert counsel
  • Early development of new cases which create social value and address issues of injustice, discrimination and inequality, making recommendations to the Legal Director regarding their viability and merits
  • Identifying and working with partner organisations to achieve shared goals through strategic litigation

Person Specification

Specialist skills and knowledge:

Essential

  • Experienced public law litigator with a proven track record in complex litigation
  • Excellent legal research, writing, advisory and advocacy skills 
  • Strong creative and critical analytical skills, and an ability to grasp quickly new concepts and areas of the law with an openness to learning new ideas 
  • Confident working with and assimilating complex technical, commercial, political, and legal material
  • A demonstrable interest in issues of injustice, discrimination and inequality experienced by some of the most marginalised groups in our society

Desirable

  • Experience in litigation addressing issues of injustice, discrimination and inequality
  • Employment tribunal experience

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: 

GLP Organigram

Deadline for applications: 11:30pm, 11 January 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 “Public Law Litigator”. We intend to hold interviews via Zoom on 20 January 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.