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Southwark Law Centre Vacancies



NJC scale SP 31-42 £31,140 - £40,785 pro rata


Hours: 21 per week 1 year fixed term contract


In order to respond to local needs in an environment of massive redevelopment Southwark Law Centre set up the Planning Voice project in August 2017 with initial funding from United St Saviours Charity. The funding has now been extended for a second year. Our current caseworker is leaving so we are seeking to recruit a replacement


The overall aim of our project is to support and empower local people particularly from economically and socially disadvantaged communities living in North Southwark to be able to influence developments affecting the environment they live in. We work closely with community activists and local organisations to add capacity to existing initiatives.



We have set up a ‘panel’ of pro bono experts that we call upon to assist with cases such as potential Judicial Reviews. The project is guided by an advisory group comprising of people with expertise on planning issues and/or local knowledge.



The caseworker provides group training sessions on planning issues and one to one support for local residents, including advocacy, advice and drafting representations.


Southwark Law Centre is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.


We are looking for someone with:

  • A strong legal research background
  • An understanding of some of the key impacts of major development on local communities
  • The ability to engage with more disadvantaged members of the community


 Terms and conditions include:


  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • 21 hour working week
  • Flexible working policy
  • 30 days’ holiday (pro rata)


 Closing date for applications: Thursday 17th May 12 Noon

Interviews: Wednesday 23rd May


For an informal discussion about the role please contact sally.causer@southwarklawcentre.org.uk



How to apply

You will need to complete and submit an Application Form  and download our application pack:

Please read our guidelines before you apply. 


We treat all applications fairly and in accordance with our Equal Opportunities statement. You will need to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form and submit it along with your application.



Planning Voice Caseworker Job Description & Person Specification

Mission Statement 

About Southwark Law Centre

Equal Opportunities Statement

Letter for Applicant



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