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Communications Officer Vacancy

LEGAL ADVISER VACANCY

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 in the new year. Happy to discuss flexible working requests.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week. Happy to discuss flexible working requests. 

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.

We especially encourage applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are underrepresented among our staff.

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.

 

How to apply

Please email an up-to-date CV and a short cover letter/email setting out your interest in Protect, and the role to
bob@protect-advice.org.uk by  8am on Monday 24th January 2022.

Interviews will be on the weeks of 31 January and 7 February 2022.

 

Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Protect is committed to principles of equality, diversity and inclusion. We value the diversity of our staff members, our callers and clients, and third parties with whom we work. We seek to create an environment where everyone feels included and valued for their unique characteristics, skills and abilities, as well as being supported in their needs and responsibilities. We would be grateful if you would complete an anonymous diversity and equality monitoring questionnaire below.