Legal Officer - Freedom From Torture

posted: 30/08/2019

Organisation:   Freedom From Torture


Location:   London, Fisbury Park

Deadline:   Monday 30th September 2019 

Salary:   £38,117 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting) plus generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme and group life assurance

Contact:   Please apply through the website:


Further information:

 Legal Officers within the Medico-Legal Reports Service at Freedom from Torture play a vital role in the delivery of high quality medico-legal evidence for survivors of torture.  This post is key to the protection pillar and also to the accountability and rehabilitation parts of our organisational strategy.  

The post holder will convene and lead a multi-disciplinary panel, which together decides which referrals should be accepted into the medico legal report service (MLRS) according to the specified intake criteria. Consideration of referrals involves complex legal issues, and requires specialist legal knowledge and analysis .  Also central to the role is undertaking specialist legal reviews of medico-legal reports , clinical  responses and  clinical letters to ensure that they are compliant with all relevant external standards, including the Istanbul Protocol, pertinent to the expert witness function of the MLRS.  

Other aspects of the work include  

• Working closely with the clinicians working within the MLRS, including supporting their MLR work, and their medical reviews.
• Developing and delivering training to external stakeholders and Freedom from Torture colleagues (including clinical, legal and support staff) on producing expert medico-legal evidence; 
• Supervising and supporting legal officers working in a consultancy capacity; 
• Supporting administrative colleagues in the MLRS; and
• Working closely with the Legal Advice and Welfare Service in medico-legal matters affecting Freedom from Torture Treatment clients and with the Policy, Advocacy and Research teams to ensure the strategy of the organisation is reflected in the day-to-day operations of the MLR service d its views are taken into account

To view the Job Description and Person Specification, please click this link: Legal Officer MLR.doc 

Candidates must have the right to work in the UK to be considered for this position.

Please note a CV and a cover letter addressing the Job Description and Person Specification of the role are mandatory to be considered for the position.

Freedom from Torture is dedicated to healing and protecting people who have survived torture. We provide therapies to improve physical and mental health, we medically document torture, and we provide legal and welfare help. We expose torture globally, we fight to hold torturing states to account and we campaign for fairer treatment of torture survivors in 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. 

None of this can happen without our vibrant community of supporters who help to create this change.

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 reserve the right to close the vacancy early if we receive a high volume of applications.

Expected date of interviews: To be confirmed.

As an organisation working with a potentially vulnerable client group, Freedom from Torture has a legal duty to ensure that those under its care are protected from abuse, and that where is abuse is suspected or has occurred, has a clear framework of response. Therefore, the successful candidate will be required to complete a DBS application and the result will need to be reviewed before the candidate is confirmed in post.

Freedom from Torture is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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