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Legal Adviser

Legal Adviser

Salary: £24,480 FTE.

Location: London, Bethnal Green (E2). Currently remote-working with an expectation that there will be a partial return to the office later in the year. Happy to discuss flexible working requests.

Hours: Core hours of 10am – 4pm, with flexible hours outside of this range totaling 40 hours per week. 

Reports to: Head of Advice and Advocacy.

Start date: As soon as possible.

Are you an ambitious law graduate with aspirations to utilise your law degree to benefit the public interest? Moreover, do you wish to work in a meritocratic culture with the potential to further your legal career by completing a Training Contract? If so, joining Protect may be the solution for you.

Protect:

Protect is the UK’s leading whistleblowing charity, with 25 years’ subject matter expertise. We are unique in that we are the only free, confidential legal advice line for whistleblowers, and were instrumental in enacting the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998. Protect is regularly involved in the UK’s biggest whistleblowing legal cases, and, in recent years, has intervened in four Court of Appeal cases, and one Supreme Court case. In addition to this work, we support organisations from FTSE 250 companies to SMEs, across multiple sectors, in enhancing their whistleblowing arrangements.

Due to the staggering demand that will see our Advice Line receive a projected 4,000 new cases in 2021, we are looking for an enthusiastic, driven and public-spirited law graduate to join our expert Whistleblowing Advice Line team.

The role:

  • Providing advice to individuals on how they can raise their whistleblowing concerns in the most effective manner, whilst doing so in a way which minimises the chance of them suffering negative repercussions as a result;
  • Once you have completed Protect’s training process, you will be supported in managing your own case load of whistleblowers, and providing them with bespoke advice and support on their situation;
  • As a member of the Advice Line team, you will assist in developing and improving the advisory service, so that it best delivers on fulfilling Protect’s charitable objectives; and
  • Through building up your experience, you may also assist in other areas of the organisation’s work, including:
    • Supporting the Policy team as they campaign for reform of whistleblowing law and practice;
    • Assisting the Business Support team in their delivery of training and consultancy to businesses, charities and government bodies; and
    • Working with the Head of Advice, and other senior lawyers, in their preparation of legal interventions in key whistleblower cases.

You will be:

Tenacious, positive and smart working. The successful candidate must have a law degree, a strong academic background, good communication skills, previous experience in providing advice, and a demonstrable interest in using the law to benefit the public interest. Experience engaging with policy makers, or the business community, will also count favourably towards an application.

We will be:

Collaborative, supportive and inspiring. You will be surrounded by colleagues who want you to succeed, and are passionate about creating a better world for whistleblowers.

Benefits of working at Protect:

  • Option to apply for a Training Contract;
  • 30 days of annual leave (FTE);
  • Pension with 4% employer contribution;
  • Sabbatical entitlement after five years’ service; and
  • Cycle to work scheme.

To apply, please send:

  • Your CV;
  • A covering letter demonstrating your suitability for the role; and
  • Our equality monitoring sheet (linked below).

Applications must be sent to Nneka at nneka@protect-advice.org.uk by  8am on Thursday 8th July 2021.

Interviews will be on 12th and 13th July 2021.

Protect Equality Recording Form