Head of Legal, Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP) – job vacancy

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Job title: Head of Legal

Organisation: Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP)

Website: www.asaproject.org.uk

Location: London and hybrid

Deadline for receipt of applications: Sunday 5th June

Salary: £44-47,000 depending on experience

Contact about the role: For an informal discussion:
Deborah Gellner

About the role and how to apply:

ASAP is a legal charity specialising in asylum support law. You will lead on our core work of representing asylum-seekers at the Asylum Support Tribunal (AST). ASAP reps approx. 250 appeals per year (approx. 600 pre-pandemic) with a success rate of around 60%- 70%. Therefore, an interest in advocacy is essential. A background in public, housing or immigration law is ideal, but all areas will be considered. You will work with an expert and experienced team, and oversee our excellent pro bono lawyers, who, alongside our staff, represent appellants at the AST. In addition, you will work with ASAP’s staff team to identify asylum support law issues to be taken forward for strategic litigation.

This is a unique and rewarding role. ASAP is in a pivotal position between the legal aid sector, the refugee sector, pro bono lawyers, the AST and the Home Office, respected by all of them. As well as becoming an expert in asylum support law, the role provides ongoing opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of destitute asylum-seekers. ASAP is forward thinking, and is planning for future challenges, and the need to safeguard our clients’ human rights. We work collaboratively within ASAP and with others. ASAP operates both on the policy and strategic litigation front. You will work hand in hand with the policy team in devising an influencing strategy.

The existing post-holder will work alongside you for your first 6 months, and therefore prior expertise in asylum support law is not required. Public law experience, plus the ability to think strategically, pragmatically and creatively is more important.

This is an ideal opportunity for a solicitor or a barrister with a strong interest in the field of human rights law, and who wants a change from their existing practice. Due to the core advocacy element, it would also suit those who have an interest in going to the Bar in the future.

The job is full-time and our offices are in London, near the AST. Under our hybrid working policy, you will be required to work from our offices 2 days per week.

Please see our website for our job pack and application form:

Document Date
Thursday May 5, 2022