Social Justice Trainee Solicitor

Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre

Salary: £27,000 per annum
Working hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon-Fri)

  • Closing date:  Monday 16th September 2019.


There will be an opportunity to work in each of the three units: Housing, Asylum and Immigration and the Child Poverty Unit which is led by a solicitor who was formerly a Justice First Fellow. We hope to keep the trainee solicitor in post after qualification.

The post holder will be able to gain advocacy experience through case work, the housing court duty scheme and representation at the First Tier Tribunal. There will be an opportunity to engage with our outreach work which is located in Foodbanks, Southall Black Sisters, West London Welcome and we work with Riverhouse and Hibiscus to improve access to justice for our clients.

Our housing work aims to reduce homelessness, debt and poverty and to keep people in their homes. Our immigration team predominately work with young asylum seekers, as well as representing vulnerable victims of domestic violence and trafficking. Our Child Poverty Unit challenges DWP decision making and provides representation at tribunal.

We have a public law legal aid contract which enables us to develop the strategic litigation and to target cases to challenge in the High Court. There will also be an opportunity to develop your campaigning skills.

We believe that the client’s voice sits at the heart of the work we do.

Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to

Full Time or Part Time – Immigration Solicitor /Caseworker

Hammersmith & Fulham Law Centre (HFLC) require a solicitor to work within their Immigration Unit.  HFLC are funded by Hammersmith and Fulham Council to assist vulnerable EU nationals and their family members living in the Borough to apply for settled- or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

We are looking for an enthusiastic Level 2 Accredited Immigration Adviser for an exciting new role providing immigration advice to European migrants (and those with EU rights) in relation to the EUSS and assisting them with their applications and appeals. You will run an advice clinic, take referrals for complex cases, submit applications, supervise casework, monitor service impact and casework trends, and raise awareness of the EUSS and provide training to other voluntary organisations.

The ideal candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of the issues faced by migrants at risk and immigration legislation pertaining to EU migrants and their families. S/he will have an excellent understanding of challenges faced by this client group in applying for settlement, including destitution, homelessness, domestic violence issues and ‘no recourse to public funds’ status. S/he will be able to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a range of stakeholders.


  • Role: Immigration Solicitor/Caseworker
  • Salary: £32,000 – £34,000 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)
  • Term: One year fixed term (extendable depending on further funding)
  • Closing date: 5:00pm on Friday 20 September 2019.

The post is available for an immediate start. If you are interested, please email for an application pack. Please state the job title in your email when applying for this position.