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Paralegal (Immigration Asylum Law)

Location:   London Salary:   £20,000 - £24,000 per annum (depending on experience) Closing Date:   12/07/2021

Contract: Permanent (Full-time preferable but flexible working arrangements which meet the needs of the team will be considered as will remote working arrangements pending viable safe return to the office)

About Coram

Coram is committed to improving the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.

We support children and young people from birth to independence, creating a change that lasts a lifetime.

Coram is the UK’s oldest children’s charity founded by Thomas Coram in London helping vulnerable children and young people since 1739. Today, the Coram group helps more than one million children, young people, families and professionals every year by providing access to the skills and opportunities they need to thrive.

About us

CCLC, part of the Coram group of charities, is an independent charity working in the United Kingdom and around the world to protect and promote the rights of children, through the provision of direct legal services; the publication of free legal information online and in print; research and policy work; law reform; training; and international consultancy on child rights. CCLC was founded in 1981 and has 40 years’ experience in providing legal advice and representation to children, their parents and carers, and professionals throughout the UK. CCLC’s Legal Practice Unit specialises in community care law, immigration and asylum law, child and family law and education law. We hold legal aid contracts to deliver legal services in each of those areas.

Our immigration & asylum team represents children, young people and families at all stages of the immigration and asylum process, including in initial applications, fresh claims, appeals and judicial reviews. We frequently work with victims of trafficking, those with serious mental health problems, and young people and families subject to criminal deportation. We also undertake broader strategic litigation, including interventions in the higher courts. We are dedicated to promoting and protecting children’s rights, through both our case work and our involvement in wider projects. The team works closely with colleagues in the community care, family and education law teams, as well as collaborative working with other organisations within the Coram group, including Coram Voice advocacy service and the Migrant Children’s Project.

For further information on CCLC please visit www.childrenslegalcentre.com

About the role

CCLC is currently looking to expand our experienced and dedicated immigration & asylum team based in our London office. We are looking to recruit a paralegal to work within the immigration & asylum law team to provide legal advice and assistance to primarily legal aid funded clients, including children and young people, parents, carers and others in relation to their immigration & asylum needs.

We are looking for a committed, passionate and hard-working team member, who is either already accredited under the Law Society’s Immigration & Asylum Accreditation Scheme or who is willing to undertake the relevant accreditation exams prior to starting the role.The successful applicant will be supported by a close team of colleagues within CCLC’s Legal Practice Unit, and provided with significant opportunities for learning and personal development.

The successful applicant will ideally have a good knowledge of asylum & immigration law, and will demonstrate a solid commitment to upholding the rights of vulnerable children and young people.

Ideally we are looking for a full time paralegal but flexible working arrangements which meet the needs of the team will be considered. Remote working until such time as it is viable to safely return to the office.

To apply for this role, please click on the 'apply now' button below to complete the application. For more information about the role, please click on the job description and person specification to view.

Closing date: 23:59, Monday 12th July 2021

Interview date: w/c 19th July 2021

Coram Children’s Legal Centre is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We actively encourage applicants from Asian, African, Caribbean and other minority ethnic backgrounds to join our teams. Whilst we have a diverse team we recognise we are a predominantly white workforce and are genuinely committed to encouraging candidates from diverse communities in order to improve the services to the children and families we help.

We are committed to the safeguarding of children and where appropriate will require the successful applicant to undertake a check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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