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Managing Solicitor - Transparency Legal Advice Centre

9 January 2018

Application Closing Date: 2 February 2018

Job Start Date: As soon as possible

Duration: Initial one-year contract - with possibility of permanent contract

Pay: Starting at €60,200 per annum (depending on experience and qualifications)

Location: 69 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1

The Transparency Legal Advice Centre (TLAC) is seeking a Managing Solicitor to provide legal advice to whistleblowers and manage a small, dedicated team of solicitors and volunteers. The successful candidate will report to the TLAC Board of Directors. The TLAC Managing Solicitor will also act as Legal Counsel to Transparency International (TI) Ireland. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to work in a new, dynamic and highly topical area of law.

About the Transparency Legal Advice Centre

TLAC is a not-for-profit, independent law centre. 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. TLAC was established by TI Ireland, the Irish chapter of the global coalition against corruption.     

Job specification: key responsibilities

  • Managing and helping with the growth and professional development of a small team of dedicated professionals and volunteers.
  • Engaging and meeting individuals in need of legal advice and establishing solicitor-client relationship as appropriate
  • Drafting and supervision of the drafting of 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
  • Ensuring that files are properly managed and that adequate and concise attendance notes are prepared
  • Providing preliminary legal advice to TI Ireland on occasion.

Teamwork, networking and communications

  • Motivating and supporting TLAC staff and volunteers to deliver on their potential and deliver a high-quality service to clients
  • Managing weekly casework meetings
  • Engaging with external stakeholders including other legal practitioners, other independent law centres, employers, trade unions, law enforcement agencies and regulators
  • Contributing to public/professional events, and where necessary, engaging the media to communicate the work of TLAC and share knowledge on whistleblowing and related topics

Professional development

  • Training new solicitors and volunteers as necessary
  • Managing and contributing to ‘know-how’ resources and precedent database
  • Keeping abreast of and presenting on relevant legal developments

Administration and fundraising

  • Planning, setting key-performance indicators and reviewing the performance of the TLAC team
  • Monitoring and reporting on client data and satisfaction
  • Maintaining and supervising the management of timesheets
  • Managing the preparation of narrative and financial reports for donors where necessary
  • Working with the TLAC Board of Directors, accountant and external auditors in ensuring TLAC’s compliance obligations are met
  • Working with TI Ireland’s fundraising team and contributing to fundraising activities to help sustain and strengthen TLAC’s operational capacity

Person specification: key attributes

  • Energetic, friendly, persuasive, imaginative, diplomatic, tactful, enthusiastic and hard-working
  • Fully qualified solicitor, in possession of a practising certificate from the Law Society of Ireland
  • Post-qualification experience as a practising solicitor (essential)
  • Proven ability to provide high-quality advice to clients who are individuals
  • Excellent inter-personal and management skills
  • Experience and/or understanding of employment, whistleblower, criminal and anti-corruption law in Ireland
  • Experience with income generation and/or fundraising
  • 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

Applications

Please send a CV and covering letter to Donncha Ó Giobúin, at admin@transparency.ie by 6pm on 2 February 2018. 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.  CVs longer than three pages will not be considered.  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 and a written exercise.

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.