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Southwark Law Centre Vacancies

Planning Voice Caseworker


Salary range


NJC scale

SP 28-37 £34,127-£42,433  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 third 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.


We are looking for someone with:


  •             A strong legal and/or policy 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
  •           Strong communication skills


 Terms and conditions include:

·     21 hour working week 

·         Excellent Pension Scheme

·         Flexible working policy

·         30 days’ holiday plus bank holiday



Our policy re starting salary:


1 extra scale point for a solicitor qualification

Relevant casework experience 0-2 years SP28 (SP29 if qualified)

Relevant casework experience 2-3 years SP29 (SP31 if qualified)

Relevant casework experience 3-4 years SP30 (SP31 if qualified)

Relevant casework experience 4-5 years SP31 (SP32 if qualified)

Relevant casework of 5 years + SP32 (SP33 if qualified)



For an application pack please go to: www.southwarklawcentre.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Monday 24th June 12 Noon

Interviews:   Wednesday 3rd July



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


Please download application pack and accompany documents below:


Application Form

 Guidance to Applicant

About Southwark Law Centre

Equality & Diversity Monitoring From

Equal Opportunities Statement

Job Description & Person Specification - Planning Voice Caseworker

 Data Protection Policy



Privacy Notice

Any personal data you give to the Law Centre, its staff and Volunteers for the purposes of seeking advice will be confidentially and securely stored in accordance with our data retention policy (a copy of which is available on request).  It will be held by the Law Centre as Data Controller and will only be used for the purposes of considering and where appropriate conducting your case. It will not be disclosed to any third parties and will be securely deleted in accordance with our data retention policy.  You have a right to be told what data we hold about you (though you are likely to have provided us with that data) and to have it corrected if it is wrong.  You may have other rights under the data protection legislation and you can find out more about these rights from the Information Commissioner’s Office at www.ico.org.uk






35 Hours per week

Salary: - £21,727 - £22,858

NJC Scale pts 16-19

Southwark Law Centre is seeking to recruit an experienced Administrator based at our busy office in Peckham.

Southwark Law Centre is a charity, set up in 1976, committed to working within the community to enforce the rights of local people and access to justice. We provide high quality casework and representation service in housing, immigration/asylum, employment, public law and welfare rights to people in Southwark and surrounding boroughs.

You will work as part of our small, friendly, excellent administrative team. The role of the Administrative/Receptionist team is vital to the smooth operation of the Law Centre.

You will need to demonstrate the following essential key skills and abilities:

·        1 Year experience of providing administrative and reception support in a busy office environment

·        Ability to work on own initiative, organise and prioritise own work, meet deadlines and capable of working under pressure.

·        Experience of Microsoft Word, Excel, the Internet and email, and a willingness to learn and use other software packages as needed

·        Good interpersonal skills and the ability to relate sensitively to a wide cross section of the public/other agencies and team members

·        Good numeracy skills

·        An understanding of and commitment to the Law Centre’s  Equal Opportunities policies

·        Attention to detail and accuracy

You will need an understanding of the community served by the Law Centre. The ability to communicate effectively and demonstrate initiative are essential. This role would be ideal for someone interested in developing a career within the charity sector and office administration.

Southwark Law Centre is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all who believe they fit the essential key skills and abilities required of the role. We encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.

Terms and conditions include:

  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • 35 hour working week (candidates wishing to job share/work part time will be considered)
  • Flexible working policy

·        30 days’ holiday

·        Opportunities to learn new Skills

For an application pack go to: www.southwarklawcentre.org.uk

Closing date for applications: Monday 30th July 5pm

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 7th August