EO Litigation Caseworker - Sheffield
The UK Visas and Immigration department is undergoing an exciting period of change. The department is embarking upon a transformational programme to become a highly competent, continuously improving organisation which controls migration for the benefit of the UK, making correct decisions on who may visit or stay, and deterring, stopping or removing those who have no right to be here, in a way that affords value for money for the taxpayer. The Appeals, Litigation and Subject Access Request Directorate (ALS) is part of UK Visas and Immigration. In 2013, ALS expanded to incorporate litigation teams from across the business to manage challenges to removal, unlawful detention, foreign national offenders, and temporary migration and entry clearance decisions taken abroad. As a Directorate of 950 staff operating out of 15 locations defending tens of thousands of immigration decisions, we play a pivotal role in contributing to the Home Officeâ€™s overarching strategic objectives of controlling immigration, cutting crime and countering terrorism.
Litigation Operations is a vital part of the Appeals, Litigation and Subject Access Request Directorate (ALS). Dealing with Pre-Action Protocol letters, judicial review challenges and private law claims, Litigation Operations is an exciting, challenging and rewarding place to work. These roles offer the opportunity to work in a high profile environment and to be at the forefront of the development of new initiatives and policies. We are looking for team members who can make effective decisions and deliver at pace.
The EO caseworker role will involve:
* Assessing Judicial Review (JR) claims against UKVI rules, policies and procedures and the decisions taken on immigration applications.
* Liaising with the decision making units to undertake further casework or decisions arising from Judicial Reviews. Escalating policy or procedural issues arising from Judicial Review claims.
* Liaising and working closely with Government Legal Department (GLD) to achieve an agreed course of action in all JRâ€™s including when to defend the JR and when to settle. Provide appropriate and accurate instructions to GLD during the litigation stages of the Judicial Review including approving grounds of defence on behalf of the SSHD.
* Supporting GLD and Counsel in defending cases at the permission or substantive hearing stages by providing relevant policy advice, casework instructions and any other appropriate information, as well as approving grounds and securing witness statements when needed.
* Making decisions on when JRs should be settled and to obtain and ensure the relevant financial authority is in place before instructions to external cost lawyers and GLD on cost negotiations.
* Liaising and providing advice to case owners from each of the product areas.
* The caseworker will need to be able to deal with a range of cases arising from decisions made in asylum and non-asylum operational units
* Responding to PAPs when required and other additional case working tasks
* Maintaining accurate records of activities/work completed.
The candidate will need to demonstrate that they have either recent immigration case-working experience in a government department, or a minimum 2:2 law degree, or equivalent.
It is essential you can speak and write English to a high standard.