Dundee Law Centre is seeking new trustees to join our Board of Directors.
Dundee Law Centre is a long-established charity offering free legal advice and representation to clients living within Dundee who find themselves in difficult financial circumstances and in need of legal services.
Our main focus is to address unmet legal need within the area of Social Welfare Law
Dundee Law Centre is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Our legal services are delivered through a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) staffed by registered qualified solicitors whose practice is regulated by the Law Society of Scotland.
The Board is currently seeking individuals with an interest in making a difference, to support the continued development and sustainability of the Law Centre.
The Law Centre offices have recently relocated to central Dundee to connect more readily with our clients and partners in the community.
To bring additional skills and expertise to the Board, we are seeking applications from dedicated individuals from wide ranging and diverse backgrounds including those with a background in areas such as law, finance, business, marketing, fundraising and the voluntary sector.
This is a great opportunity to get involved with the Law Centre at an exciting time in our development. New Board members will get the chance to make a difference and be a part of change in our organisation.
This is a voluntary unpaid position
Dundee Law Centre are ardent promoters of access to justice across the city. Our aim is to ensure everyone in Dundee facing social welfare challenges and inequality understands their legal rights and has access to professional legal services.
Alongside our legal aid casework, the Law Centre is part funded by Dundee City Council to provide a range of community outreach, legal advice, and representation services. Dundee Community Law Limited is a Limited Liability Partnership and a Practice Unit licensed by the Law Society of Scotland. Our solicitors are regulated by the Law Society of Scotland, and we provide legal services to the charity Dundee Law Centre.
We strive to tackle poverty and help people to exercise their legal rights. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for people by representation through the legal process. Our solicitors work alongside community-based advice agencies, providing them with legal support to help their clients.
Our services are very much in demand, and we are expanding our team as a result. This solicitor will be responsible for taking on and managing a varied caseload to meet the Law Centre’s contractual and performance targets. We are particularly looking for solicitors who are interested in social welfare law and have experience of working with vulnerable clients. However, this role would suit candidates who are seeking a change in direction, and who what to make a real difference by using their legal knowledge and experience. Candidates must also be able to maintain excellent working relationships with a dedicated support administrative team.
You will have the ability, and confidence to manage a caseload mainly comprising of housing law (repossession, homelessness, eviction, domestic abuse in housing – not criminal work - and disrepair), welfare benefits and debt work. Previous experience of social welfare law is preferred but not necessary as full training can be provided. A desire to make a difference and a passion for helping people to understand their legal rights is vital in this role. The successful candidate will be working with other experienced solicitors who are keen to support their new colleague.
You will be experienced in Scottish Legal Aid and its required quality assurance framework.
You will understand the needs of vulnerable and complex clients and be able to communicate legal concepts clearly and in plain English.
You will be a confident court practitioner with excellent technical skills, and the ability to focus these where you can make the biggest difference. This is a varied and exciting opportunity to work with a dedicated team and do something that really matters.
You will have a minimum of 2 years post qualifying experience and a full current practicing certificate from the Law Society of Scotland. The ability to drive and having your own car will be useful in the role although not essential.