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Specialist Solicitor for the Traveller Community

Job Description

Overview

FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centres) is an independent legal and human rights organisation which exists to promote equal access to justice. Our vision is of a society where everyone can access fair and accountable mechanisms to assert and vindicate their rights.

FLAC is seeking to recruit a full-time solicitor reporting to the Managing Solicitor, to provide a specialised legal service to the Traveller Community and to develop the knowledge and expertise of Traveller organisations in advocating on behalf of Travellers that they work with. This position is funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland for three years. The project is supported by a steering group, whose membership is drawn from a number of Traveller organisations that will provide guidance and support in delivering the projected outcomes of the project over the three year period.

Job Description

The Solicitor will undertake the following duties:

  • Provide advocacy and legal representation to the Traveller community in strategic cases before relevant Courts and Tribunals that best advance the interests of that community in achieving equality and vindicating their human rights.
  • Work to maximise the availability of legal services to members of the Traveller Community throughout the country and collaborate and support other projects advancing access to justice as relevant (for example ICC/CTWNs Traveller Equality and Justice project).
  • Provide training and information to local Traveller groups to help build capacity to identify and refer potential cases and areas of law relevant to the Traveller community including in relation to the Civil Legal Aid Act 1995.
  • Build strategic relationships with members of the ILCN, the Legal Aid Board and other relevant bodies identified by the oversight steering committee.

 

Requirements for this position

Essential

  • Hold appropriate professional legal qualification.
  • At least 2 years post qualification experience in litigation.
  • Compliance with Law Society regulations regarding professional conduct.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • An ability to work flexibly with clients coming from diverse backgrounds.
  • Proven ability to engage with key stakeholders.
  • Proven organisational skills with good attention to detail.
  • Good IT skills, proficiency in MS Office.
  • Ability to meet targets and work to deadlines.
  • Strong ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a team.
  • High level of personal responsibility and integrity.

Desirable

  • Experience in housing law, administrative law generally, equality or human rights law and/or public interest law.
  • Demonstrated interest in the principle of access to justice and social justice.
  • Experience of using and maintaining a case management database.

 

Application

To apply for this position please send CV and covering letter setting out how you meet the requirements for this position by email to recruitment@flac.ie or by post to Managing Solicitor, FLAC, 85/86 Dorset Street Dublin 1 on or before Friday 29th November 2019 at 5pm. Informal inquiries can be directed to Sinead Lucey, Managing Solicitor. Tel (01) 8873600.

FLAC is an equal opportunities employer.

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