Civil Actions Solicitor

We are looking for a qualified lawyer to work in civil actions to start in or around October 2019 in our City or Bristol office. We will consider applications from lawyers with any level of post qualification experience. Terms and conditions will depend upon the level of your expertise.

AN OUTLINE OF THE FIRM

Our aim is to create a financially sustainable firm that enables us to use the law to empower our clients to hold the state & those with power to account for its actions and inactions, to fight for human rights, to challenge discrimination and environmental abuses. We aim to do this by working together as a team in accordance with our values which are central to the work we do.

Our values are:

  • Respect
  • Fairness and openness
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Promoting equal opportunity and empowering each other to fulfil their potential

& by having these values, creating a firm that survives and thrives.

We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We are keen to encourage applications from disabled people, including using positive action measures provided for under the Equality Act 2010. If you think you may need reasonable adjustments and would like to discuss this before applying, you can speak confidentially to Louise Whitfield, a partner here who is not involved in this recruitment process; you can contact her directly at lwhitfield@dpglaw.co.uk. We will also guarantee an interview to any disabled candidate who meets the essential criteria – please complete the relevant section of the diversity questionnaire when applying. Unfortunately our current London offices are not wheelchair accessible.

OUR CIVIL ACTIONS WORK

Our work includes actions against the police/Home Office/MOJ, discrimination, inquests, and other civil litigation include public law remedies against the state. Our clients’ complaints are about the police, prison service and other parts of the criminal justice system. Their complaints include discrimination, bereavement, assaults, unlawful detention and prosecution, and breaches of the Human Rights Act as well as failures to investigate and prosecute crime. We specialise in private and public law actions against the police, Home Office, CPS, and IPCC; representation at inquests, prosecutions and inquiries; and alternative forms of dispute resolution.

Most of our clients come to us by referral. Clients are referred by, for example, community groups and activists, journalists, advice agencies and other lawyers, former clients and the CLS. Our clients are mainly publicly funded.

HOW THE TEAM WORKS

Our police and civil actions team currently consists of two partners, one consultant and four solicitors. The lawyers tend to have developed areas of expertise such as discrimination, immigration detention or inquests which is something we encourage.

The lawyers have their own caseloads. Junior lawyers also assist senior lawyers on their cases.

You would have you own case load. If you are a more junior lawyer, you would assist partners with their cases as well. All our casework is supervised internally at regular intervals. The types of cases you would work on would depend upon the needs of the firm as well as your experience and interests.

The team has weekly meetings at which issues arising out of our cases, and relevant legal and political matters, are discussed. Team members also take part in external meetings and events relevant to our work and are expected to attend such events in the evening as necessary. We consider discussion necessary to maintain the very high standard of representation that we provide. We are based in London, EC1 & SE1 as well as Bristol.

Person specifications

Essential:

  • Strong academic record
  • Ability to work as set out in the job description
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Demonstrable relevant work or political experience of the law relating to our police and other civil actions work
  • Proven ability to meet cost targets

Advantageous but not essential:

  • Connections with campaigning and/or other referring organisations relevant to our work
  • Familiarity with and ability to use social media to promote the firm’s work
  • History of meeting fee and time targets

How to apply

Please see here for the job description and complete all parts of the application form and return to us by

Email: recruitment@dpglaw.co.uk

or

Post: Deighton Pierce Glynn, Att. Joel Nicholls, 8 Union Street, London SE1 1SZ

Please quote the job reference 2019/06CRSO in the subject line of your email.

Closing date: 8 a.m. on 27 August 2019

Applications received after this time cannot be considered.

Interviews: Suitable candidates will be invited to attend a skills test and interview in the week commencing 2 September 2019.