The UK litigation caseworker will work under the guidance of the Head and Deputy Head of UK litigation, and alongside caseworkers and seconded trainees to maintain and progress the existing portfolio of cases, which include public law files, actions against the police and civil claims, as well as actions before complaints bodies and tribunals.
The caseworker will also proactively seek out, identify and work with the relevant teams to assess opportunities to use UK litigation to advance the organisation’s strategic goals. In analysing whether to pursue a UK litigation opportunity, the caseworker will consider alternative options which could achieve the same objectives, and carefully weigh up the pros and cons of pursuing litigation in any given situation. The caseworker will work closely with instructed legal teams and individual claimants and their families to advance cases and ensure coordination of legal actions in line with Reprieve’s strategic goals. The caseworker will also help teams advance investigation, including overseeing and offering guidance on record collection and other investigative techniques.
In addition to working on UK legal cases, the role may encompass some drafting and coordination of international legal submissions, particularly before international human rights complaints mechanisms and international tribunals. There may also be opportunities to contribute to Reprieve’s legal advisory and policy work.
The candidate will be a confident and capable lawyer, with experience of managing a varied and fast moving caseload with limited supervision and handling sensitive client interactions. They will have a demonstrable understanding of how the law can be used as a tool both to protect and achieve redress for those in the most vulnerable positions, and as part of a broader strategy to effect political change. They will be able to work under pressure, collaborate well with different teams working towards shared goals, and take into consideration multiple factors in analysing and strategising on cases. They will be comfortable taking responsibility for file administration and management and overseeing seconded trainees on short term placements.
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