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Winner of the 2023 Overall Award for Excellence for our StopTheFlights campaign.

This multichannel, survivor-led campaign directly compelled 4 out of the 6 airlines tasked with flying refugees to Rwanda, including survivors of torture, to rule themselves out of the scheme.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Legal Advisor to join our Legal Advice and Welfare Service.

About the Role

Legal Advisers at Freedom from Torture deliver expert, detailed, advice to treatment clients and their clinicians on all areas of asylum and immigration law. There is a particular focus on complex, appeals rights exhausted cases where there is a risk of detention, and on supporting clients who are unrepresented. Legal Advisors review evidence produced by clinicians for use in clients’ asylum and immigration cases, ensuring that it complies with the standards required of a professional witness. Legal Advisors are also responsible for delivering internal and external training on a range of legal issues affecting torture survivors within the immigration and asylum system in the UK.

This role is based in our Manchester centre, and will require attendance at the centre at least one day a week.

About You

You will be a qualified legal professional: a solicitor, barrister, or OISC accredited at Level Three, with expertise in immigration and asylum law, particularly in relation to the legal protections available to survivors of torture. You will have experience of advising and representing clients in the Tribunals and Courts, including in judicial review claims. You will be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with people who have experienced trauma, and will be able to build professional relationships with a variety of colleagues both internally and externally. You will share our commitment to working with and empowering people who have experienced torture.

In return, we offer a competitive package, with a generous 30-day (pro rata) annual leave entitlement, 6% employer pension contribution (minimum 1% employee contribution), and flexible working opportunities.

​Freedom from Torture is committed to showing the salary for all advertised roles and not negotiating salaries for roles, in light of evidence that this contributes to structural inequality.

Our policy is that all appointments will be at the start of the salary range but successful candidates will have the opportunity to move up the scale over time. The progression up the salary range is reviewed on an annual basis and subject to affordability. For this role, the salary range is £43,640 – £50,622 per annum.

To view the Job Description and Person Specification, please click the below link:

Job Description – Legal Advisor

Please note a CV and a cover letter addressing the job description and person specification of the role are mandatory to be considered for the position.

Freedom from Torture is dedicated to healing and protecting people who have survived torture. We provide therapies to improve physical and mental health, we medically document torture, and we provide legal and welfare help. We expose torture globally, we fight to hold torturing states to account and we campaign for fairer treatment of torture survivors in the UK.

Hear more about Fft from our incredible staff by clicking here.

We campaign for national and global change, using evidence from our services and survivor voices to protect and promote survivors’ rights and hold torturing states to account. We are proud to play a significant role in the global anti-torture movement. Survivors, active and empowered, are at the centre of all of our work.

Freedom from Torture is committed to its responsibilities under safeguarding, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to a satisfactory DBS disclosure, as well as a need for full employment history and up to date employment references.

Freedom from Torture is an equal opportunity employer. People with lived experience of torture or asylum, from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ individuals and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please apply here.

We reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications.

No agencies please.

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