Legal Officer



Contract: Permanent
Location: Manchester
Part-Time: 14 hours per week
Salary: £13,862 p.a. pro-rata (full-time equivalent salary £34,655) plus generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme and group life assurance 
Job Ref: VA234

Freedom from Torture is the only organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the treatment of survivors of torture.

Torturers attempt to silence and break people. We help survivors to find their voices again and rebuild their lives in the safety of the UK.

Our team of dedicated professionals provide direct support to survivors including psychological therapy, physical health services, legal and welfare support, and expert medical reports for use in survivors' asylum claims. We also support other providers to deliver high quality rehabilitation services to survivors. 

We campaign for national and global change, using evidence from our services and survivor voices to protect and promote survivors' rights and hold torturing states to account. We are proud to play a significant role in the global anti-torture movement. Survivors, active and empowered, are at the centre of all of our work. 

Thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers – as well as thousands of passionate supporters and funders – thousands of torture survivors have been able to rebuild their lives in incredibly difficult circumstances.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Legal Officer to assist our medico legal report service to provide support and consultation for doctors nationally. You would ensure that medico legal reports for use or potential use in legal proceedings are of good evidential value and meet the requisite standards.
The ideal candidate for the role will have the following skills:

• Ability to present information clearly both orally and in writing to audiences who are not expert in the subject matter.
• Ability to give staff feedback on their work in a constructive and sensitive manner.
• Substantial experience and a proven track record of working with asylum seekers.


For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Beate Dasarathy (bdasarathy@freedomfromtorture.org).
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The successful candidate will need to be able to attend mandatory training from 11th -13th March 2019

Closing date:  1st February 2019
Expected date of interviews: Week commencing 10th February 2019

Freedom from Torture is striving to be an Equal Opportunities Employer
No agencies please