We’re recruiting 30 Presenting Officers to join our Appeals, Litigation and Administrative Review (ALAR) teams in Farringdon, London. The closing date for applications is 23:55 on 7th December 2023.
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 (ALAR) is responsible for dealing with all immigration decisions where an appeal or legal challenge has been lodged, defending those where appropriate.
As a Presenting Officer, you will have a degree of flexibility and autonomy in managing your workload, deciding how to pursue cases and develop your own style and approach. Presenting Officers develop strong communication skills, the ability to make decisions and review information quickly and deal with complex legal arguments.
This is a challenging position that allows for personal flexibility and decision-making in preparing and presenting cases in the first tier Immigration Tribunal and undertaking review of immigration decisions and responses to legal representations. You will be comfortable working in a fast-changing environment, able to think quickly and remain focused.
You’ll have strong communication and analytical skills. The role requires long periods of concentration and an ability to maintain focus over long periods of time, both when preparing cases and when presenting in opposition to legal representatives.
You will be supported with training and mentoring over 12 weeks to increase your knowledge and skills in the review, preparation and presentation of immigration appeals. Our comprehensive foundation programme provides a solid base of knowledge across multiple areas of immigration law and how to function in the Tribunal.
We offer competitive starting salaries, along with a Civil Service Pension with employer contribution rates averaging 27% 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
£38,350 – £41,035
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Presenting cases before the Immigration Tribunal on 60% of available working days, adhering to professional standards and ensuring conduct is appropriate to a public Tribunal.
- Developing and maintaining an effective knowledge of immigration law and processes.
- Reviewing and preparing cases and reviewing decisions and further legal representation in a manner that assesses their potential to be sustained and then identify key evidence to allow for effective supported argument.
- Working flexibly around any court listing changes or operational requirements, including preparing and presenting cases at short notice to meet operational demands.
- In an adversarial court environment provide structured cross examination and submissions to ensure appeals are upheld appropriately.
- Undertaking post-hearing work in a timely and accurate fashion.
- Undertaking immigration review work in accordance with the relevant rules, instructions, guidance and standards where court attendance is not possible or in line with business and operational needs.
- The post holder will be expected to develop and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders including Immigration Judges, HM Court Service staff and legal representatives as well as engaging with colleagues in decision making areas.
- Candidates must have the ability to gain a strong working knowledge of immigration law.
- The ability to work in an environment with key skills in communicating and influencing with a range of external stakeholders.
- Ability to work in a changing and time-pressured environment.
- Strong analytical skills.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Communicating and influencing
- Delivering at pace
- Making effective decisions
This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window) and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete:
- Statement of suitability
You will be asked to complete a statement of suitability (no more than 750 words) to demonstrate your skills and experience for the role and how you meet the essential criteria as detailed in the job description.
The sift will be held on the statement of suitability.
- Interview and presentation
If you are successful at sift stage, you will be invited to an interview which will be behaviour-based questions on all of the behaviours stated in the advert.
You will also be required to prepare an 8-minute presentation (no slides or handouts required) to present at interview. Further details around what the presentation will entail will be provided before the interview.
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