Luqmani Thompson & Partners Solicitors is a well-established niche legal practice in immigration, nationality, human rights and public law. We are consistently highly ranked by Chambers and Partners; members of our team have in the last few years won a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award and been Highly Commended at the Law Society Excellence Awards. Jawaid Luqmani is a current member of the Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee.

We undertake a broad variety of both private and publicly funded work for our clients and we are committed to maintaining legal aid representation in both immigration and public law.

Our team holds those in authority to account by providing effective advice and representation to individuals and organisations, and through litigation in statutory appeals from the Tribunal level up to and including the Supreme Court and ECtHR, and via judicial review.

We are offering one or more training contracts starting in 2021 for student lawyers aiming to become solicitors equipped to represent the full range of clients needing immigration expertise, including some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people within our society.

The successful candidate will have completed or commenced the LPC, and will have a demonstrable and genuine interest in our field of work. Any successful candidate will also have a keen understanding of the challenging realities of running a successful small law firm whist maintaining a significant proportion of publicly funded work.

It will be desirable for a candidate to have already achieved the Law Society Level.

The Role

The role is to train under the ‘traditional’ 2 year training contract in which the successful candidate will gain experience in immigration law, asylum and human rights, public law, as well as exposure to EU applications and contentious work.

The trainee will be closely supervised by the partners and a training principal.

The role will be adapted to suit the particular skills, level of know–how and knowledge, as well as qualifications of the successful candidate but will include:

  • Advising and representing clients
  • Researching
  • Drafting
  • Networking
  • Office administration (e.g. copying, scanning)
  • Billing
  • Training and development, including participation in training and development of other members of the firm.
  • Attending fee earners and other staff meetings and training
  • Ensuring compliance with Office Procedures and Policies
  • Ensuring compliance with requirements of Legal Aid Agency, and office procedures in relation to these requirements
  • Providing support to facilitate the effective running of the office
  • Involvement in networking events and marketing initiatives which support the practice
  • Maintaining knowledge of and compliance with the SRA Standards and regulations.

Person Specification

  • Essential: Must be able to demonstrate commitment to the work type undertaken by the firm and will have completed or commenced the LPC. Must be able to demonstrate exceptional organisational and time management skills
  • Good working knowledge: of the SRA Standards and Regulations and compliance issues impacting on legal practice as well as the Legal Aid Contract.
  • Abilities: To manage their own workload and seek supervision appropriately; good communication skills, and ability to work within a small team and under pressure.
  • Desirable: Accreditation under the Law Society Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme.

Other Information

  • Full time
  • Competitive salary and subject to experience and qualifications
  • Whilst always observing Government advice with regard to the Covid Pandemic, we are privileged to be able to provide a Covid safe working environment and the role will require office attendance. In due course and subject to progression some flexibility may be possible.

For more information and details of how to apply

To apply please complete this application form in full and return strictly by midnight on the deadline of the 31/03/2021, by email to WalkerM@luqmanithompson.com

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