Legal Researcher Required – Pro Bono

Due to my recent award of Pro Bono lawyer of the year 2012, I have been inundated with requests for pro bono assistance.  While many of these are very worthy cases, and very interesting challenges, I am unable to undertake them all as my current pro bono practice takes up more time than my paying practice as it is.

In view of this, I am looking for a legal researcher to assist me, in the hope that for many of these cases, even if  I cannot really assist in the long term, I can provide an advice which will give some idea of at least the area of law that the complaint fits into and what to do next.

The work will be varied, and hopefully interesting, but as it is all pro bono on my part, I cannot afford to pay for any of this research.  I will require at least 10 hours per month commitment, for a period of 3 months. Much of the time I will be overseas so it will require someone who can work on their own initiative and who has the drive and commitment to work on the research without being chased and reminded, and who can stick to deadlines.

I am searching for someone who has a good understanding of law, but that does not mean someone who has necessarily completed their BPTC, however those currently studying for their BPTC or GDL will probably find that my 10 hours a month requirement is too much along with their studies.  The successful candidate must have the ability not only to research, but to apply that to actual cases and write an advice which is clear and concise, which a lay person can understand.  This is not a task of writing law essays.  In view of my practice, the likely areas of law to be researched are criminal, complaints against the police, inquests, discrimination, employment, benefits refusal, prison law, criminal injuries compensation to name a few…

What I hope to provide to the researcher in return is an idea of life at the Bar, a varied experience of case work, the opportunity to shadow me at court, the possibility of working on some very novel cases, both from the UK and the USA.  I am happy to provide a reference at the end of the three month stint and also will offer continued guidance on applying for pupillage/training contract etc.

Make no mistake, this is going to be a tough role as I am a hard taskmaster as any of my previous research assistants will tell you.  However, all who have survived…have been successful in either obtaining pupillage, scholarships for overseas work,  training contracts or places on further education courses.  There is no requirement to be based in London as most of this work can be done remotely, via email.  However, I am looking for someone who is serious about putting the work in, and so if you are considering applying, you must firstly consider your course/work requirements over the next three months and if you will not be able to fit in at least 10 hours a month then now is not the time for you to be applying to be my researcher.  There will be other opportunities in the future.  The time must be right for you.

If all of the above has not put you off and you would like to apply, please send your cv and a covering letter explaining why you want to be my researcher to gurdena@btinternet.com  The closing date is 4th December 2012.  I am looking to interview on the 5th/6th December 2012.  Interviews can either be in person in my Chambers (1 Gray’s Inn Square) or by telephone.

Final Disclaimer – this is a research position linked solely to me and is not linked to 1 Gray’s Inn Square.  Please do not call chambers and ask about the position.

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About gurdena

Social Justice Lawyer, interested in all things contentious. Specialising in criminal law, and anything criminal justice related, also employment law. Door tenant at 1 Grays Inn Square chambers. Find out more at www.alisongurden.com

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