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Professional Support Lawyer – Immigration (Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children and Refugees)

East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership (EMSMP)

Grade J £45,859 (annual pay increase pending)

37 hours per week

Fixed term: two years  (with potential extension subject to confirmation of funding) 

Secondment considered 

This is an exciting opportunity to provide leadership and support to legal advisers and social workers across Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council, North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire, Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Rutland in their management of Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) who are care leavers or looked after children, and children and families subject to NRPF conditions. 

You will provide legal advice, support, develop precedents and working practices, research points of law, contribute to the production of briefings, updates, or other materials for circulation, and provide training sessions on immigration and asylum law, practice, and precedents. Representation on casework is specifically excluded.

A qualified solicitor/barrister/legal executive, the ideal person will have detailed knowledge of Law relevant to age assessments of unaccompanied asylum seekers, NRPF and human rights legislation, and knowledge of recent developments in central government policy on asylum seekers, refugees and migration issues. Experience of judicial reviews and knowledge of welfare law would also be beneficial. You will have experience of working within a local authority, partner regional agency or equivalent organisation, including responsibility for encouraging and promoting best practice, policy development, advocacy and partnership working. Additionally, you will have the ability to provide training to external stakeholders, to build relationships across the partnerships, to manage conflicting priorities, and to meet demanding deadlines.

In return we can offer learning and development opportunities, flexible working arrangements, a positive working environment within a respected organisation at a regional level.  Our offices are based at Pera Business Park which offers ample parking, on-site café and gym facilities. Home working will also be an option.

For an informal discussion please contact Brein Fisher, Regional Migration Manager, East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership at East Midlands Councils: Brein.Fisher@emcouncils.gov.uk 

To apply please complete the application form on our website: https://www.emcouncils.gov.uk/East-Midlands-Councils-Jobs. Here you will also find more details relating to this post.

The closing date for applications is 9.00 am on Monday 23rd August 2021.  Interviews are anticipated to take place virtually week commencing 6th September 2021.

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