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Part-time Solicitor - Transparency Legal Advice Centre

4 April 2019

Location: Transparency Legal Advice Centre - Dublin 1. 

Closing Date for applications: 17 April 2019

Start Date: As soon as possible

Duration: Six-month, fixed-term (part-time)

Transparency Legal Advice Centre is seeking a self-reliant, part-time solicitor to provide legal advice to whistleblowers. The successful candidate will report to Transparency Legal Advice Centre’s Managing Solicitor. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to work in the non-profit sector in a relatively new and dynamic area of employment law.

Transparency Legal Advice Centre

Transparency Legal Advice Centre is a not-for-profit, independent law centre. Our vision is an Ireland where those who speak up about wrongdoing are treated fairly. We specialise in providing legal advice to anyone who wishes to disclose wrongdoing, under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 or as otherwise provided for in law. We also provide advice to those who have already made a disclosure. Transparency Legal Advice Centre is supported by Transparency International Ireland, the Irish chapter of the global coalition against corruption.

JOB SPECIFICATION

Key responsibilities

Casework

  • Meeting individuals in need of legal advice and establishing solicitor-client relationship as appropriate
  • Calculating and recording critical dates
  • Drafting high-quality letters of advice, primarily on the application of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and mandatory reporting obligations such as section 19 of the Criminal Justice Act 2011
  • All aspects of file management

Teamwork and networking

  • Participating in weekly casework meetings 
  • Assisting with engaging with external stakeholders including other legal practitioners, other independent law centres, employers, trade unions, law enforcement agencies and regulators

Professional development

  • Contributing to ‘knowhow’ resources and precedent database
  • Keeping abreast of and presenting on relevant legal developments

Administration and fundraising

  • Maintaining timesheets
  • Assisting in the preparation of narrative and financial reports for donors where necessary
  • Contributing to pitches if required

PERSON SPECIFICATION

We are seeking someone who has the following attributes.

  • Qualified solicitor, eligible for or currently holding a practising certificate from the Law Society of Ireland
  • Energetic, enthusiastic and hard-working
  • Proven ability to manage and handle a high volume of cases, work under pressure, deal with multiple tasks and meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Working knowledge of MS Office packages, time-recording and case management software
  • Understanding of the valuable contribution of whistleblowers to society and driven to assist them 
  • Experience and/or understanding of employment, whistleblower, criminal and anti-corruption law in Ireland or the UK is desirable.

Applications

Please send a CV and covering letter to Lorraine Heffernan at lheffernan@transparencylegal.ie by 6pm on Wednesday 17 April 2019.   It is essential that the covering letter concisely addresses (in no more than two pages):

  • Motivation for applying for the position; and
  • Relevant experience for the role.

The CV should ideally be two pages long.  Experience should be presented in reverse chronological order and the names and positions of two referees should be provided.  Contact details of referees are not necessary at this stage.

The selection process will involve at least one interview. Applicants will be required to provide samples of written work.

Equal Opportunities Statement

Transparency Legal Advice Centre is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to promoting a work environment free from discrimination on grounds of gender, civil/marital status, family status, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, age or membership of the traveller community.