Housing Solicitor



£37,030 pa, depending on experience, plus excellent benefits

Fixed term contract until 31 October 2022

Edinburgh plus possibility of flexible working

Closing date: 30th January 2020 at 11.30pm.

Are you a housing solicitor who wants to grow their expertise? Perhaps, you have a wealth of experience and are looking for a role where you can fully use your expertise to support vulnerable clients? Want to assist in strategic litigation and build your skills in human rights law? We guarantee you’ll thrive at Shelter Scottish Housing Law Service. The leadership, the infrastructure, the strategy and the rewards, including flexible working and a good work life balance – everything is in place for a solicitor with a background in housing law to develop and achieve a great deal, particularly if, like us, you have a passion for the cause.

Scotland has some of the most progressive housing legislation in Europe, yet families are struggling daily with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. Accordingly, we’re striving for change — with individuals, in communities, across society – and leading the way to a safe home. We’re already doing some amazing work. But, in order to achieve our goal, we need critical thinking solicitors who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time, do some amazing work and help us continue to take the lead in the interdisciplinary area of housing and child law.

About the role 

Day-to-day, you’ll provide legal advice and representation to families and young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Edinburgh. You’ll also be responsible for maintaining an active caseload, including litigation appropriate judicial review and emergency applications that enable homeless people or those with housing problems to enforce their existing rights. What’s more, you’ll have the opportunity to develop housing and homelessness law for families, children and young people and develop and deliver lawyer led training for front line third sector services. In short, you’ll get involved in some pioneering work that will make a tangible difference to people’s lives.

About you

Proactive and client-focused, you’re a dedicated social justice and human rights solicitor with post-qualification experience of housing litigation, including representing in court on behalf of homeless people or people in housing need. Indeed, you’re used to handling a range of housing cases (public and private sector) on issues including homelessness, security of tenure and possession proceedings. You also have sound knowledge of legal aid work, including legal representation and legal help and are looking for a role that comes with a manageable caseload that will give you a good work life balance.

As well as significant opportunities for progression, we offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme. This particular role requires you to be based in Edinburgh two days a week, but there is the possibility to work from our Glasgow or Dundee hub for the rest of the week.

Shelter Scotland helps over half a million people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter Scotland please visit our website. Apply to be part of our Housing Law Service team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

At Shelter, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We also encourage applications from people, who have been homeless or have been at risk of homelessness. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.

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