Justice First Fellowship Scheme – Trainee Solicitor

Applications opened: 14th August 2017
Applications close: 18th September 2017

The full timeline for the application can be viewed via this link:

Job Title Trainee Solicitor
Department Housing, Debt and Employment
Reports to Supervising Solicitor
Location Manchester
Grade/Salary £22,658
Hours 35 per week

The Greater Manchester Law Centre has been selected to be part of  The Justice First Fellowship Scheme, funded by the Legal Education Foundation. This prestigious scheme supports the next generation of solicitors committed to public interest and social justice issues who want to pursue a career in social welfare law..

Applications can be made and further details can be found via this link:

Any questions regarding the position should be directed to Ngaryan Li, email ku.gr1513128318o.wal1513128318mg@iL1513128318nayra1513128318gN1513128318.


Job Description

Purpose of the Post

The main purpose of this post is to provide the opportunity to successfully complete a Training Contract with Greater Manchester Law Centre (GMLC) in order to qualify as a solicitor, and in doing so enhance our capacity to advise and represent people in their social welfare, housing, employment and dept.

The post carries with it the opportunity to identify a project which will develop an area of work in relation to one particular aspect of the law. This may include an area that has been removed from scope of legal aid and where ‘access to justice’ for those most affected has been undermined.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To assist in the conduct of social welfare, criminal and human rights cases, under the direct supervision of the Senior Solicitor.
  2. To develop and maintain case management systems.
  3. To carry out eligibility assessments..
  4. To assist in providing advice to people who have received negative decisions in relation to their social welfare entitlement.
  5. To carry out research to assist with cases, as directed by the Senior Solicitor.
  6. To keep up-to-date with developments and changes in Social Welfare, housing, human rights.
  7. To conduct casework in accordance with agreed office practice.


  1. To be self-servicing, including typing, photocopying and maintaining accurate and up to date records.
  2. To attend staff meetings and training sessions.
  3. To provide information and reports on work undertaken to the Senior Solicitor.
  4. To carry out all duties with due regard to equality and challenging discrimination.
  5. To carry out all duties with due regard to health and safety, data protection, and all GMLC policies.
  6. To carry out other duties which are commensurate with the duties of and responsibilities within this job description as directed by the Supervising Solicitor, or Director.

Organisation Detail

Our work will focus on the needs of clients who cannot access legal help elsewhere.

As well as offering legal advice, GMLC will campaign for the restoration of comprehensive legal aid as an essential part of the welfare state.

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a Trainee Solicitor to work alongside the Supervising Solicitor to make a significant impact in Greater Manchester. The Fellow will be based at 159 Princess Road, Moss Side, Manchester, M14 4RE with occasional outreach work across the ten boroughs.

As a trainee solicitor at GMLC you will be given real responsibility and the chance to gain practical experience; helping you to decide which area of law you want to work in. During your training contract you will undertake a number of training seats, with an emphasis on Housing, Debt and Employment in rotation. The seat rotation will allow you to gain practical experience in three diverse areas of law. The fourth and final seat will most likely be in the department that you, and we, expect you to qualify into.

Any questions regarding this organisation or the position should be directed to Ngaryan Li, email ku.gr1513128318o.wal1513128318mg@iL1513128318nayra1513128318gN1513128318.


Person Specification

The items listed below are not in the order of importance.

Skills and Abilities

  • Be able to conduct casework, and organise and maintain case files
  • Be able to identify cases which are appropriate for appeal
  • Be able to act as an Advocate before the Social Security and Child Support Tribunals
  • Be able to identify and prepare appropriate cases for High Court review and Judicial Review
  • Have the ability to use a word processor and case management systems, or be able to learn to use one quickly
  • Be able to undertake reception duties
  • Be committed to challenging discrimination and able to work in an anti-discriminatory manner
  • Be able to develop training material and be able to deliver training
  • Have good interpersonal skills:-
    • be able to communicate effectively in English verbally and in writing to a varied group of people
    • have good listening skills and be able to comprehend verbal information
    • be co-operative and a supportive member of a team
  • Be able to identify sources of welfare benefits and housing law and practice and be able to maintain an up to date knowledge of this area
  • Be able to work well under pressure and work with minimal supervision
  • Be able to manage assigned tasks in an assertive, efficient and timely manner
  • Adaptable and able to work in a busy environment and work well under pressure

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Have a good and up to date working knowledge of social welfare law and practice, to a level to be able to conduct casework with minimal supervision
  • Have a good and up to date working knowledge of social welfare law and practice
  • Have a good and up to date working knowledge of housing law and practice
  • Have a knowledge of the process of judicial review sufficient to prepare cases for judicial review
  • Have an understanding of equal opportunities and anti discriminatory principles and be able to apply them when dealing with clients and colleagues


  • Experience of conducting casework
  • Experience of undertaking welfare benefits/housing casework
  • Experience of voluntary work in an advice agency within the last 12 months


  • A high standard of academic achievement and preferably a 2:1 or better at degree level
  • LPC at commendation level or better


  • Have a commitment to working on behalf of the most vulnerable people in society
  • Have an understanding of equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory principles and follow GMLC’s equal opportunities policy in all work situations
  • Willingness to work in line with GMLC’s confidentiality policy
  • Willingness to operate procedures as set down in the GMLC Quality manual
  • Be able and willing to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Willingness to undertake a DBS check

Any questions regarding the position should be directed to Ngaryan Li, email ku.gr1513128318o.wal1513128318mg@iL1513128318nayra1513128318gN1513128318.