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Could you be a Protect legal research volunteer?

We have a new opportunity for three students to volunteer with us to undertake legal research (read, categorise and summarise employment tribunal judgments involving a whistleblowing (Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998) claim, but also to assist with general admin duties. The volunteers may also have the opportunity to observe some advice calls to clients. 

Whistleblowing charity Protect (Formerly Public Concern at Work)  is an independent charity and legal advice centre. We were set up in 1993 in response to a series of scandals and tragedies in the late 1980s and early 1990s which included the sinking of the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry in which 193 people died in 1987, the Piper Alpha oil rig explosion and the collapse of the BCCI amidst widespread fraud in 1990.  Official inquiries after each of these disasters revealed that all too often staff had known of dangers but were too scared to speak up or, if they did, that they did so in the wrong way or to the wrong person and were ignored and/or dismissed.

We have led developments on whistleblowing as a good governance and risk management tool in the UK and abroad. We provide a confidential advice line for individuals with whistleblowing dilemmas; professional support to organisations and policy advice to Government and Members of Parliament.  The charity’s work has been commended by ministers, the Court of Appeal, leading newspapers, the Committee on Standards in Public Life and various public inquiries.

We expect volunteers to be able to commit for 1 or 2 days a day a week (09:30 –17:30) for a minimum 6-month period, commencing June 2019.We currently offer expenses to volunteers to cover travel costs and lunch.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for any of these roles you must be:

  • A Law graduate (or GDL). In special cases we will consider candidates enrolled on the GDL
  • Committed to the pro bono ethic of providing highly professional legal services to people who cannot afford to pay for them or who are otherwise vulnerable;
  • Able to commit to the role for the relevant period;
  • Able to commit the relevant time on a weekly basis

How to apply If you would like to apply for this role, please send your CV with a cover letter (no more than one side of A4 in size 12 font) explaining your interest, commitment, availability and highlighting relevant experience or abilities to Hari Raithatha (hari@protect-advice.org.uk) no later than Monday June 10.