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by IWGB
30 April 2021 09:11

Legal Officer

The IWGB is excited to be hiring a Legal Officer. This is a very important role in the Union’s Legal department and we are looking for someone with thorough knowledge in employment law, significant experience of managing employment tribunal claims, line management experience and exceptional communication and interpersonal skills. An interest in and possibly some experience in licensing issues and foster care workers rights will be a strong asset, but this interest is not essential.

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) is a new and dynamic union which consists of mainly low paid, migrant and/or precarious workers, such as outsourced cleaners and security guards, workers in the so-called “gig economy”, such as cycling instructors and Uber drivers, and foster care workers. We are looking for a candidate that can support the Union to expand even further.

The successful candidate will coordinate a team of Caseworker(s) providing legal support to members of specific branches, reporting to the Head of Legal and working alongside another Legal Officer.

The role is based in our London office (when it reopens) and is for 35 hours a week for two years, with the potential for extension subject to funding. During the COVID-19 lockdown, and for as long as it is unsafe to return to the office, this job will be fully remote. Internal and external applications are welcomed.

Everyone working for the IWGB gets paid London Living Wage plus £3, (which currently totals to £13.85 per hour) and an optional 6% employee paid and 13% employer paid pension. They also receive 30 holiday days + 8 bank holidays and 6 months sick pay prorated based on how many hours a week they work.

Duties will include:

●     Heading up a team of Caseworker(s) providing legal support to members of specific branches (Foster Care Workers branch, United Private Hire Drivers branch, Couriers and Logistics branch, Security & Receptionists branch, Game Workers branch, Cycling Instructors branch and the Yoga Teachers branch)

●     Line managing the Caseworker(s) in their team

●     Carrying out out appraisals with Caseworkers and ensure that they receive regular feedback and supervision

Act on behalf of the Legal Department as main point of contact with branches for which their team is responsible

●     Assist branches with ad-hoc legal advice, support in negotiations, and input on casework aspects of branch decisions and campaigns

●     Represent and/or arrange external representation for IWGB members in relevant legal matters (Employment Tribunals, Magistrates Court, Local Authorities and/or workplace)

●     Ensure effective administration and allocation of casework within the team

●     Implement and supervise implementation of Legal Department Policies and/or decisions of the Legal Department SubCommittee, under the direction of the Head of Legal

●     Carrying out the activities of a qualified investigator in the context of Disciplinary/Grievance procedures, complaint procedures regarding members of the union and/or IWGB employees

● Any other duties consistent with the role

Person specification:

● Very thorough knowledge of employment law

● Significant experience of conducting a wide range of employment casework

● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

● Experience of managing and running  Employment Tribunal claims; experience in representing members at Employment Tribunal or Magistrate Court hearings will be an asset

● Experience of identifying priorities, working to deadlines, balancing competing demands, working in a high pressure environment

● Experience of managing workload without direct supervision

● A positive and constructive approach to problem solving

● A willingness to share expertise, a commitment to teamwork, support colleagues and contribute to a productive working environment

● Experience of line management, particularly of motivating staff

How to apply:

Please send your completed application form with the subject “Legal Officer job application” to [email protected] by 10th May 2021. Please let us know in your email where you have seen our advertisement so we can improve our hiring processes.

Who are the IWGB?

Founded in August of 2012, the IWGB now consists of 12 branches. The branches are highly autonomous and lead on campaigning for better pay and conditions. IWGB campaigns are known for being bold, vibrant, loud and effective. In addition to campaigning the IWGB’s Legal Department is also highly active, providing representation on a range of employment matters such as disciplinary processes, grievances, private hire licensing, and employment tribunals. The IWGB organises social events for members, Spanish and English classes, and holds regular meetings where members can engage and feed into policy. We are a democratic organisation with all officials being regularly elected.

As an organisation that fights for workers’ rights, we strongly believe no applicant or employee should face discrimination or harassment based on their gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability status, age, or marital domestic partner status. You can read more in the IWGB Statement of Inclusivity. Access needs will be catered for in both the application/interview process and the job role itself.

Above all, we’re looking for someone with empathy and the determination to support workers who fight for better conditions.

The interview process:

We like to be open and up front with what our hiring process looks like so people know what to expect. Please see below the typical steps in our recruitment process.

Review candidates

Once the advertisement has been taken down, a shortlist of candidates will be selected by the hiring committee to proceed to the next steps. All candidates will be informed of their application outcome whether or not they’re proceeding to the next stage.

Remote interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Zoom by a panel of IWGB elected officials and/or staff. Candidates will be interviewed by the same panel to ensure consistency.

Following these interviews, it is possible that there will be a second stage of interviews.

Offer stage

The hiring committee will write down their thoughts on each candidate and then convene with the goal of making an offer to one of the candidates. We will offer feedback to people who were interviewed but not selected.

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