JOB ADVERT - Women’s Justice Advocate
Deadline for applications: 25th August 2017 at 17.00 hours
FULL TIME HOURS FOR A 12 MONTH FIXED TERM CONTRACT
£35,000 per annum plus pension contribution
Interviews to take place early September in Central London
The Centre for Criminal Appeals is a charity and legal aid law practice that investigates and litigates miscarriages of justice. We exist to get people out of prison by overturning unsafe convictions and unfair sentences. Our casework is used to drive badly needed reform in the criminal justice system.
Our founder and Legal Director Emily Bolton previously founded the Innocence Project New Orleans and CCA is modelled on the successful practice she developed there, using investigation as the tool to free wrongfully convicted prisoners. We believe that most cases are won through the sort of “boots on the ground investigation” that so few legal aid defence firms are now able to offer due to the massive cutbacks in recent years. Our charitable status enables us to offer our clients the comprehensive service which we believe is required to overturn wrongful convictions.
Our Managing Director Suzanne Gower is an experienced criminal practitioner who was one of the solicitors who represented 20 of the families in the Hillsborough Inquests which obtained the historic verdict of unlawful killing. She has brought to CCA her passion for uncovering wrongdoing and holding those responsible to account.
Supported by our partners at the Lankelly Chase Foundation we are expanding the work which we have done to-date on challenging current criminal justice practice in relation to the imprisonment and sentencing of women through dedicated strategic litigation. Our Women’s Justice Initiative is particularly aimed at using criminal appeals as impact litigation for imprisoned women who have experienced severe and multiple disadvantage.
We are looking for a strong minded, politically engaged individual who will share our passion for our work. You should be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in CCA’s goals and a commitment to genuine client care. The prisoners that we represent are at the centre of everything that we do and you would need to be able to demonstrate that you are a compassionate individual who would be comfortable dealing with sensitive situations and challenging crises, as well as managing difficult conversations.
What does the role involve?
We are offering someone the exciting opportunity to join our small but dedicated team as the leader of our newly expanded Women’s Justice initiative.
For a full copy of the job description, please click here.
Why should I apply?
This is a unique opportunity to work in a not-for-profit law practice working on overturning wrongful convictions and challenging unfair sentences for vulnerable women. You will lead our strategic litigation in this area whilst also helping to work on our policy and reform initiatives.
We are looking for an experienced criminal defence practitioner to develop the Women’s Justice Initiative as a centre of excellence that provides specialist legal advice for vulnerable women, whilst also providing resources, training and advice for others working in the area.
What experience is required?
· Legal qualifications – You must be educated to degree level or equivalent and qualified to practice as a barrister or solicitor in England and Wales with significant experience of criminal law and criminal appeals.
· Vision for the strategic direction of the Women’s Justice Initiative including the communications strategy necessary to ensure that the individual casework can be used to leverage system-wide reform.
· Knowledge and understanding of the need for a gender sensitive approach to tackling the disproportionate disadvantage experienced by women in the criminal justice system, as set out in the Corston Report
· Recognition of the difference it means to be working for a charity rather than in a for –profit context.
· You must be an a persuasive and pragmatic character who is able to interact with, influence and support key individuals at all levels across the organisation. The ability to manage relationships with external partners is essential as this is an outward facing role.
· Eligible to live and work in the UK
· Demonstrable experience in using a variety of IT packages (MS Word, Excel, Case Management Systems, Outlook etc.).
. Knowledge and experience of public law
. Experience working in the voluntary sector either as a staff member or volunteer
Experience of making grant funding applications.
· Proven ability in dealing sensitively with vulnerable people and managing difficult situations and conversations.
· Proven ability to communicate accurately, clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing with a wide range of clients and various stakeholders.
· Proven ability to organise and prioritise a complex workload and work to tight deadlines whilst maintaining a “can-do” attitude.
· Proven ability to work and contribute in a team environment including supervisory skills
· Proven ability to be self-sufficient in relation to administration, typing and IT requirements
. Willingness to work flexibly, including attending evening events and travelling to other parts of the country, including overnight stays.
What else should I know?
The Centre for Criminal Appeals is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment and we seek people who share these values.
Please send a covering letter and CV to Suzanne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only applications received before 17.00 hours on Friday 25th August will be considered.