Vacancy: Legal Associates - Covent Garden, London
We’re currently recruiting for legal associates to join our immigration team. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to gain or further experience of UK immigration law and the modern immigration bar.
Richmond Chambers LLP is an award-winning partnership of specialist immigration barristers. Established in 2013 as the first barrister-only immigration law firm, our barristers specialise in all aspects of personal and business immigration law, including investment migration, family migration, skilled migration, sponsor licensing and compliance, EEA free movement, nationality law and human rights. Our clients include private individuals and corporates, both within the UK and overseas.
We undertake the full range of privately funded immigration work, from preparing initial applications to the Home Office through to administrative reviews, appeals and judicial reviews before the immigration tribunals and higher courts. All our barristers share a core commitment to providing high quality immigration law advice and representation directly to members of the public.
Chambers currently has 15 barrister members and 2 pupils, supported by a team of legal associates and business services professionals.
The Position – Legal Associates
As a Legal Associate, you will work closely with, and in support of, our immigration barristers, assisting with visa applications, immigration appeals and judicial reviews across all areas of personal and business immigration law, including on cases involving complex and novel points of law.
This will be a hands on role where you will shadow and support our immigration barristers with their casework under supervision. Your responsibilities will include: liaising with potential new clients, attending clients, taking instructions, completing application and appeal forms, preparing application and appeal bundles, drafting correspondence and legal representations and attending visa application appointments and appeal hearings.
Our focus on direct access immigration work means that you will have a high level of client contact and responsibility from day one. You will be expected to keep up-to-date with changes to immigration law and policy.
This role will develop and challenge you, providing you with a wealth of hands-on experience working alongside some of the UK’s leading immigration barristers in an innovative immigration law firm.
Chambers offers a friendly and supportive working environment. Our legal associates receive excellent training from both the barristers that they work alongside and through attending in-house and external training courses.
Our legal associates are eligible to apply for pupillage and have previously been successful in our open pupillage competitions. However, employment as a legal associate does not guarantee an offer of pupillage. We do not offer training contracts.
The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:
- A good academic background with a minimum 2:1 degree, preferably in Law;
- Experience of immigration law, ideally with a leading national or London law firm with an established immigration law team or a top rank immigration consultancy;
- Excellent English language skills, both verbal and written;
- A pro-active and self-motivated attitude;
- Strong attention to detail and a commitment to providing exceptional client care;
- The ability to work independently and be a pro-active member of the team;
- Exceptional organisational skills and the ability to maintain high professional standards of work, including when working to strict deadlines;
- Strong IT skills, including experience of Apple computers and cloud-based technology platforms.
The following are desirable but not essential:
- Completed the BPTC or LPC;
- IAAS Level 1 or Level 2 accreditation;
- Language skills, especially Mandarin, Russian and/or Arabic.
What We Offer
Compensation packages can be tailored to individual needs and circumstances, but our legal associates typically enjoy the following:
- a competitive annual salary paid monthly;
- 20 days paid holiday, increasing by 1 day per year to a maximum of 25 days (plus bank holidays);
- unlimited unpaid leave;
- annual interest free travel loan;
- subscriptions to online practitioner resources fully paid;
- training, by both in-house and external providers;
- discretionary budget available to fund ongoing professional development;
- membership of a pension scheme;
- access to a benefits in kind scheme.
How To Apply
Applications should be made by completing and returning our Legal Associate Application Form and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form to our Practice Manager, Christy Irvine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Applicants are encouraged to read our Legal Associate Selection Criteria before applying. All applications will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
The closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday, 11 May 2018.
Early applications are encouraged as applicants who meet our selection criteria may be interviewed before the closing date.
If you do not hear from us within 14 days of the closing date then you may assume that your application has not been successful. Due to the high number of applications that we receive it will not be possible to provide individual feedback.
Richmond Chambers LLP is an equal opportunities employer and complies with both the SRA and BSB equality and diversity guidelines.