We’re recruiting 50 Litigation Caseworkers to join our Appeals, Litigation and Administrative Review (ALAR) teams in Feltham. The closing date for applications is 23:55 on 22nd January 2024.
The Home Office works to build a safe, fair and prosperous UK. We achieve this through our work on counter-terrorism, policing, fire, crime, drugs policy, immigration and passports.
About the role
Appeals, Litigation and Administrative Review is responsible for dealing with all applications where an appeal or legal challenge has been lodged, defending those where appropriate and providing a casework remedy for decisions that do not meet the immigration rules.
We are recruiting for roles in two teams: the Litigation Operations Team (Lit Ops) and the Specialist Appeals and Litigation Team (SALT). You’ll be responsible for pre-action correspondence through to end-to-end management of the judicial review process, gaining experience in litigation handling, preparing cases for court and managing cost conclusions.
Litigation Operations (Lit Ops) Team
Lit Ops is an exciting, challenging and rewarding place to work. The team is responsible for considering pre-action protocol letters and judicial review challenges. Often the legal challenges are complex, novel and politically sensitive. You will often be working on cases which change and shape the development of UK immigration law.
Specialist Appeals and Litigation Team (SALT)
SALT focuses on private law claims, in which the Secretary of State or officials acting on their behalf are said to have acted unlawfully and in which damages are claimed. Other teams within SALT present statutory appeals before judges of the Upper Tribunal and manage litigation in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
We don’t expect you to have knowledge of immigration law. We deliver a comprehensive induction and ongoing training to enable you to become a subject matter expert – but an interest in human rights law as well as experience in litigation may help you hit the ground running.
Meet the team
You can learn more about our work and ask questions at one of our online events. This is an opportunity to hear first-hand what work in these roles is like on a day-to-day basis as well as to hear hints and tips to help you with your application. You will hear from a diverse range of colleagues including current Litigation Caseworkers, Training Lead/Team Leaders, an Assistant Director as well as colleagues currently training to become qualified solicitors on the ALAR legal pathways.
ALAR EO Litigation Operations Caseworker 1 – 09/01/2024 – 12-1pm
ALAR EO Litigation Operations Caseworker 2 – 11/01/2024 – 16:30-17.30pm
We offer competitive starting salaries along with a Civil Service Pension with employer contribution of at least 27 per cent, and a range of other brilliant benefits including 25 days annual leave on appointment, rising with service.
You will also have access to learning and development tailored to your role, an environment with flexible working options and a culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
More about the role
£32,000 min, £33,600 max
We are looking for candidates who are:
- Organised and are able to maximise their time and productivity.
- Precise, detail-focused and able to ensure everything is accurate and error free.
- Able to think ahead, to anticipate and avoid problems before they occur.
- Able to establish mutual respect and trust, building relationships with others internally and externally.
- Resilient, with an inner composure to recover quickly from setbacks and learn from them.
- Responsible, to take ownership for own decisions and be accountable for what has been delivered.
- Support others in leading change.
- Use their judgment and take a considered approach to situations and tasks when making decisions.
- Highly motivated and inspire others to move things along to achieve target goals.
The litigation caseworker role will involve:
- Assessing the challenges set out in pre-action protocol correspondence or judicial review claims against UK immigration rules, policies and procedures and the decisions taken on immigration applications.
- Responding to pre-Action protocol correspondence and referring to operational areas for action to remedy any original errors in the decision being challenged.
- Escalating policy or procedural issues arising from pre-action protocol correspondence, judicial review claims and private law damages claims.
- Liaising with and instructing government lawyers to achieve an agreed course of action in managing litigation, including approving grounds of defence on behalf of Secretary State Home Department.
- Supporting government lawyers and counsel on defending cases at the oral or substantive hearing stages, including securing witness statements when needed.
- Making decisions on when cases should be settled and working with cost consultants on cost negotiations.
- Securing financial authority for the award of damages and instructing government lawyers on Part 36 offers in private law claims.
- Liaising and providing advice to decision makers and supporting them in learning lessons from legal challenges.
- Maintaining accurate records of activities/work completed.
We are looking for people who possess the following skills:
- An undergraduate bachelor’s degree, in any subject and / or recent experience of complex case working in a government litigation team, or in a government case working team with significant litigation experience.
- Ability to analyse complex information, with a focus on identifying errors and irregularities.
- Good communication and customer service skills, with a particular emphasis on excellent drafting skills.
- Ability to comply with set standards following guidance and procedures in order to develop a strong working knowledge of immigration law.
- Experience or ability to make high quality decisions in a changing and time pressured environment.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Making effective decisions
- Managing a quality service
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