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Legal Adviser vacancy

Legal Adviser Vacancy

Are you an ambitious law graduate with aspirations to utilise your law degree for the benefit of the public interest? Do you wish to work in a meritocratic culture with the potential to further your legal career by completing your training contract? If yes, joining Protect’s expert legal advice centre may be the solution for you. 

Protect 

Protect is the 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 creating the Public Interest Disclosure Act. The Charity is regularly involved in the biggest legal cases concerning whistleblowing, and in recent years has intervened in four Court of Appeal cases, and one case in the Supreme Court. In addition to this work, we support organisations from FTSE250 to SMEs, across multiple sectors, in enhancing their whistleblowing arrangements. 

We are now looking for an enthusiastic, driven and public-spirited law graduate to join our expert Whistleblowing Advice Line team. 

As Legal Adviser, you will: 

  • provide 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 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
    • Working with the Head of Advice, and other senior lawyers, in their preparation of legal interventions in key whistleblower cases. 

The successful candidate must have a law degree, a strong academic background, good communication skills, previous experience 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 especially encourage applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are underrepresented among our staff. 

For more information about our work, please visit our website via the button below. 

Application Closing Date: 9am Thursday 19th May 2022 

Reporting to: Head of Advice and Advocacy 

Salary: £24,969 – £26,000 depending on experience

Please apply with an up to date CV and covering letter demonstrating your suitability for the role to Frances Steele, Office Manager, at frances@protect-advice.org.uk. 

Our impact

At Protect, we believe whistleblowing is a good thing – it protects the public interest, helps employers identify and manage risk, and holds organisations to account. We want more people to speak up, to stop harm.