London, Greater London
£32,000 or £35,000 per year depending on experience
Permanent, Contract, Full-time
Job description

If you want to have a direct impact on overturning miscarriages of justice and fixing our broken criminal justice system and feel you cannot deliver justice for the people you represent in a conventional firm or chambers practice, then we want to hear from you.

We’re looking for someone who understands the flaws in the criminal justice system as it currently operates in England and Wales and who is not afraid to hold the system accountable for its mistakes. 

You’ll have proven experience of representing people accused or convicted of crimes who cannot afford to pay for representation themselves. You’ll understand the complex needs of people with involvement in the justice system, including their experiences of trauma or poverty. You’ll welcome the opportunity to learn about and deliver holistic client care. You are ready to adapt to a non-profit law practice model, where you have the resources to do what it takes to prove the case rather than be restrained by the limits of legal aid or firm profit targets. You are enthusiastic about impact litigation and seeking justice not just in the courts of law but also in the courts of public opinion.  You understand that appeal cases and criminal justice reforms take years rather than months to achieve and you are ready for the long haul. 

The role includes:


  • Investigating and litigating appeals against convictions and sentences in England and Wales, by making applications to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and by conducting civil, public law and information law litigation arising directly out of appeals cases
  • Bringing a strategic approach to all casework to enable APPEAL to highlight broader problems in our criminal justice system and thus drive APPEAL’s reform efforts
  • Overseeing APPEAL’s case intake and screening processes 
  • Supervising and line managing the casework of APPEAL investigators, student clinical programme participants, secondees and interns. Advising on the casework of the Women’s Justice Initiative
  • Ensuring APPEAL’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements arising out of its status as a law practice with a contract with the Legal Aid Agency.


  • Supporting the team in developing and implementing APPEAL’s communications and campaigning strategy to ensure that our casework can be used to leverage key system-wide policy and administrative reforms.
  • Representing APPEAL in the media, and to the profession and the public on cases and reform campaigns.


For the full job description, please see the Job Pack on the APPEAL website.


More about APPEAL


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Posted on: 07 July 2020
Closed date: 22 July 2020
Tags: Legal, Advocacy

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