Last updated: Friday 08 October, 2021
About the Job
About Good Law Project
Good Law Project’s mission is to achieve change through the law. We defend, define and change the law to protect the environment, uphold democracy and ensure no one is left behind. We hold Government and others to account through challenges in the Courts. We are a small and young organisation, but we have been expanding quickly, with increasingly prominent and successful legal cases: we had a primary role in overturning the prorogation of Parliament two years ago and have more recently been shining a bright light on Government’s award of pandemic contracts and jobs to their friends and associates. We raise funds directly from the public for our work, and operate on a not for profit basis. We are brave, honest and decisive – those are Good Law Project’s values.
Our website sets out more about what we do: https://goodlawproject.org/
We are committed to holding Government and other powerful actors to account and to tackling issues of injustice, inequality and discrimination experienced by some of the most marginalised groups in our society.
We are now looking for a Legal Manager to ensure that the legal and campaigning objectives of Good Law Project are met by the lawyers we instruct. You will support the Legal Director in developing and managing Good Law Project’s litigation portfolio and liaising with the Good Law Project team to build successful campaigns around those legal cases. You will also instruct lawyers on non-contentious matters.
You will not need to be a lawyer in practice but you will need to be a qualified and experienced barrister or solicitor, ideally with experience of strategic litigation. This position forms part of the “client” side of the legal team so your work will be informed by, rather than consist of, your experience as a practising lawyer.
You will report to our Legal Director and will have some paralegal and administrative support. You can read the full job description and person specification below, and you can see how the role fits into the current Good Law Project team at the end of this application information.
Salary: £50,000 per annum with generous benefits
Hours: 35 hours per week, over 5 days
Contract type: permanent, after completion of 3 months’ probation
Location: Hybrid office in central London (subject to any COVID-19 restrictions) with options for flexibility.
Essential experience and attributes
Qualified and experienced solicitor or barrister
A demonstrable ability to grasp quickly new concepts and areas of the law with an openness to learning new approaches, topics and skills;
Support Good Law Project’s values and demonstrate commitment to its areas of work
Experience and understanding of strategic litigation and using the law as a campaign tool
To apply, please send us one 3-page document consisting of your CV (max one page) with a covering letter of no more than two pages outlining why you are interested in the role, and how you meet the requirements, together with the details of two referees to firstname.lastname@example.org,
with the subject line “Legal Manager”.
Deadline for applications: midnight 18 October 2021
We intend to hold interviews via Zoom between 4 - 9 November 2021, with specific dates/times to be confirmed.
We welcome and encourage applicants from all backgrounds and do not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, LGBT or relationship status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex or social class. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from ethnic minorities and/or those with lived experience of disadvantage.
The role is advertised as “full-time” however we are happy to discuss and explore flexible options and job share arrangements.
Good Law Project
Job Description and Person Specification
Job title: Legal Manager
Job Purpose: to ensure that the legal and campaigning objectives of Good Law Project are met by the lawyers we instruct. You will support the Legal Director in developing and managing Good Law Project’s litigation portfolio and liaising with the Good Law Projectteam to build successful campaigns around those legal cases.
Reports to: Legal Director
Responsible for: no-one formally at present, though management of one or more members of the legal team may follow
Duties and key responsibilities
Manage external legal teams and provide ongoing instructions on allocated cases
Liaise with campaign team internally to help manage timing and content on communications and fundraising
Identify and work with colleagues and partner organisations to achieve shared goals through strategic litigation or legislative change
Supervise the work of paralegals or administrative assistants who may be supporting you with tasks
Instruct lawyers on non-contentious matters
Be flexible and carry out other associated duties as may arise, develop or reasonably be assigned in line with the broad remit of the position
Actively support and embed Good Law Project’s values and its positive culture in your professional practice at all times
Abide by all organisational policies, codes of conduct and practices and legal requirements
Support and promote inclusion, diversity and equality of opportunity in the workplace
Treat with confidentiality any personal, private or sensitive information about individual organisations, clients, donors and supporters, staff and projects
Qualified solicitor or barrister
Experience of practising or working with the law in England and Wales, Scotland and/or Northern Ireland
A good understanding of strategic litigation and using the law as a campaign tool
Experience in managing a wide-ranging and extensive caseload or matters
Practical experience with strategic litigation and using the law as a campaign tool
Experience in instructing counsel and other lawyers in outsourced arrangements
Experience in leading and managing junior members of staff
Skills and Abilities
Commitment to a high standard of professional behaviours, including collaboration, honesty and integrity
Strong creative and critical analytical skills, and an ability to grasp quickly new concepts and areas of the law with an openness to learning new ideas
Confident working with and assimilating complex technical, commercial, political, and legal material
Self-motivated with ability to work unsupervised, but can also work cooperatively as part of a team
Accurate and thorough, with attention to detail
Flexibility and adaptability in attitude and approach to work, with a willingness to ‘muck in’ and support the team with whatever might arise, working towards a common objective
Strong spoken and written communication skills which engage colleagues and stakeholders, encouraging understanding and participation
Self-confident and able to take initiative in areas of responsibility
Ability to manage multiple demands while consistently meeting deadlines
IT skills in core business applications and in the use of case management systems
Strong interpersonal skills e.g. approachable and able to demonstrate empathy while being clear about boundaries and organisational requirements
Ability to problem-solve difficult situations and deal with them calmly and effectively
Willingness to innovate and seek ways to improve casework and wider organisational systems and procedures
Knowledge Knowledge of public law and other fields relevant to Good Law Project’s work
Knowledge of UK political landscape
Qualification as a solicitor or barrister
Commitment to the core values and ethos of the Good Law Project – see below
Commitment to anti-discriminatory practice and equal opportunities and an ability to apply awareness of diversity issues to all areas of work
Interested and motivated to further own skills and knowledge
Brave: We are brave and we are bold
We are fearless of those we take on and the issues we confront
We challenge injustice where we see it, even if the odds are stacked against us
We take strategic risks and are open to the possibility of failure
We challenge each other when it’s in the best interests of Good Law Project, even if it’s uncomfortable
As employees we step into more responsibility outside of our comfort zone
Honest: We are honest, open and trustworthy
We default to transparency both internally and externally
We proactively share information
We hold our hands up if we get something wrong
We are candid about our successes and about our failures.
We are decisive, nimble and responsive
We are responsive to the changing world
We take decisive action to turn ideas into reality
As individuals, we are flexible to the needs of the organisation
We balance processes and outcomes, recognising that good processes are more likely to deliver good outcomes