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Role

Legal Adviser

About the role

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

Are you an ambitious law graduate with aspirations to utilise your law degree for the benefit of the public interest? Moreover, 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.

Skills

  • 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 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.

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.

Salary

£22,503pa, rising to £24,480 after a 6 month training period

Reporting to

Head of Advice and Advocacy

Hours

Core hours of 10am – 4pm, with flexible hours outside of this range totaling 40 hours per week. Currently remote-working with an expectation that there will be a partial return to the office later in the year. Happy to talk further about flexible working requests.

Benefits

Option to apply for a training contract, 30 days of annual leave, cycle to work scheme and sabbatical entitlement after 5 years’ service.

Closing date

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter explaining how your experience and skills match our needs to Bob Matheson at bob@protect-advice.org.uk by 8am Monday 18th January 2021. Please also complete the equality monitoring form and send it to frances@protect-advice.org.uk

Interviews will take place online 20th-21st January 2021

About Protect

Protect is the UK’s whistleblowing charity. At Protect, we think whistleblowing is a good thing, and we want more people to speak up to stop harm. For over 27 years we have championed the role whistleblowing can play in anticipating and avoiding serious risks that arise in and from the workplace.

  • Our Advice Line provides free, confidential legal advice to over 3,000 whistleblowers a year
  • We work with employers to instil best practice in their governance and whistleblowing arrangements and to help them identify and manage risk and promote the public interest
  • We campaign for legal and policy changes to improve the rights of whistleblowers

For more information about our work, please visit the homepage of our website.

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.