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Job ad: lawyer (solicitor, barrister or OISC adviser), Safe Passage

Job ad: lawyer (solicitor, barrister or OISC adviser), Safe Passage

Do you want to help child refugees access safe, legal routes to sanctuary?

Do you want to join a ground-breaking, determined and compassionate charity that is leading the fight for child refugees caught in limbo in Europe and elsewhere?

Safe Passage is recruiting two Lawyers.

1 permanent position and 1 parental leave cover of up to 12 months.

This is an exciting opportunity to deliver legal casework reuniting asylum seeking children with their families in the UK, working alongside a small team of lawyers within a wider multi-disciplinary and multi-national organisation.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed and experienced individual to join our newly established UK Legal programme within Safe Passage International (“SP”). You will be joining Safe Passage at a particularly exciting time, contributing to the development of the new UK legal strategy that ensures SPI defends the rights of asylum-seeking children in Europe with family links in the UK in the context of a Brexit outcome that may re-write the legal and policy landscape.

The post holder will carry out legal casework and be at the heart of Safe Passage’s ground-breaking work to open and strengthen safe and legal routes for those seeking sanctuary. The post holder will partner with legal colleagues in our other European offices to ensure swift and effective transfers of unaccompanied children to the UK for the purpose of family reunion and work to open and defend new legal routes for child refugees. They will deliver a combination of general advice to families and second tier advice to other legal practitioners, as well as maintaining their own caseload of direct representation cases.

Safe Passage grew out of the urgent need for child refugees to access their legal right to reach a place of safety. From the initial aim of helping children in Calais to reach the UK at the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, Safe Passage now has teams in Greece, France and the UK. We work to open and strengthen safe and legal routes to protection for refugee children, and then support their first steps to rebuilding their lives. Since we started work in 2015, we have directly helped 200 child refugees to safety and more than 1,800 children have travelled through the safe and legal routes we have helped open.

Safe Passage started life as a project of Citizens UK. In 2019 we formally de-merged to enable the expansion of our exciting cross-border legal work. This is a fantastic time for a dynamic lawyer to join our team!

Salary: £28,000 – 34,000 (depending on experience)

Hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week) or part-time 80% FTE

Location: London Office

Reporting to: Head of UK Legal and Arrivals

How do I apply?

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Apply by sending your CV and a cover letter (of no more than 2 pages) that addresses each point of the Person Specification and details why you would love this role and working for Safe Passage. Send your application to [email protected] with the Email Subject Line: Lawyer APPLICATION. Unfortunately, only successful applicants will be contacted.

Closing date: Friday 11th October at 4pm

Anticipated interview dates: 17th or 18th October 2019

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.