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VACANCY - Strategic Litigation Researcher


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HACKNEY COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE (in partnership with Hackney Migrant Centre)


Researcher:  for 6 month project to carry out strategic litigation research into the impact of recent and ongoing local authority decisions affecting the rights of children from migrant families to accommodation and support. Rates: Ј125.00 per day up to a maximum of 50 days.


Key duties:

  • Liaise with other projects working on Section 17 projects and attend advisory group meetings
  • Assist in divising a questionnaire to interview parents regarding the effect of the adequacy and gatekeeping by social services on their children i.e. are they living in overcrowded accommodation, can they feed and clothe their children adequately.
  • Ask the parents if they will be prepared to challenge the policy and assess eligibility for legal aid.
  • collate data to argue that to impose such a restriction on families and children is in breach of s55 of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009, and discriminatory.
  • gather evidence to take a test case or preferably test cases which demonstrates the adverse effect on children.

This post is funded through the Strategic Legal Fund for vulnerable young migrants.

The Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants is funded by Trust for London and the Esmйe Fairbairn Foundation in partnership with MigrationWork CIC.  Interested applicants should have knowledge and experience of the law and policy relating to children and migrant families. They should email a copy of their current CV highlighting their proven research experience in this area.



Please find the project brief HERE, the person specification HERE and further background documents HERE.

For further information email bella@hclc.org.uk stating clearly your email subject “RESEARCH RECRUITMENT”.

For an informal discussion please telephone Helen Hibberd on 0208 985 5236.


Applications should be emailed to Bella Donnelly at: bella@hclc.org.uk.

All applications should include a CV and covering letter (max 2 sides of A4).

Closing date for applications is Monday 6 October 2014 @ 5pm

Interviews: Week commencing 13 October 2014