Bar in the Community Management Committee Member

Deadline: 8 Mar 2024
Online

Organisation Overview

We are a charity that matches people who need free legal help with barristers who are willing to donate their time and expertise for those who cannot obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay.

We are the only pro bono charity to provide access to legal assistance in all areas of law, in all courts and tribunals across England and Wales.

We have been facilitating free legal help since 1996 and have grown into a thriving organisation working with almost 4,500 volunteer barristers. Our team comprises 23 dedicated casework, communications and administrative staff, as well as a committed team of student casework volunteers who work with us daily. We have 13 trustees on our Board which is chaired by Sharif A Shivji KC.

Role Details:

Time commitment: Management committee members are expected to attend 4x1hr committee meetings annually with additional work to be completed between meetings.

Attendance: Remote.

Role Description

About Bar in the Community

Bar in the Community (BIC) is a volunteering initiative overseen by Advocate that was set up in 2000 with the aim of matching barristers volunteering their time with management committee positions of local voluntary organisations. Since then, BIC has expanded the breadth of volunteering it seeks to facilitate and now works to find barristers and chambers professionals to fill a variety of voluntary roles across a range of local and national organisations.

The initiative advertises roles from a range of charities working towards many different causes beyond the Bar. Prospective volunteers can become trustees, governors, mentors, workshop facilitators, resource creators and much more. The scheme has opportunities available for every skill set and every level, so these benefits can be found whether volunteers are just starting out in their career, looking to progress to a more senior level, or even retired.

Bar in the Community is a powerful tool for charities who are in need of support from those with a legal background, as well as for barristers and chambers professionals who are keen to give back to the community and gain skills or experience that will positively impact their career.

“I simply don’t think I would be where I am without the experiences I have gained from volunteering. Professionally, board-level volunteering has helped me to build my network, learn from industry greats, test my leadership style, make mistakes and circulate my ideas about how organisations and movements should run.” 

Abiodun Olatokun, Trainee Barrister at Matrix Chambers

"Volunteers from the legal world have numerous skills and abilities which can be applied outside the context of the law. There are real benefits to the public from that shared expertise. Many of us entered the law with the aim of making our society a better place to be. It is worth remembering that you can achieve that goal outside the law too." 

Sharif Asim Shivji KC, Chair of Advocate

About the role

We are looking for three people to join the newly created management committee of BIC at a key stage in our development as we look to further expand the initiative, with a particular focus on engaging more charities and more volunteers.

We want to recruit three candidates with a commitment to volunteering and the work of BIC. We are looking for people with the following background:

  1. Marketing and engagement: At present, the most important goals for Bar in the Community are to engage charities to ensure a steady stream of interesting opportunities and to engage volunteers to take on these opportunities. It is therefore essential for the management committee to be able to advise on how to market opportunities and engage people and organisations.

  2. Charity sector knowledge: As we increasingly focus on engaging the charity sector more broadly in order to find opportunities, we are looking for candidates with a good understanding of the sector and the organisations and bodies it would be beneficial to engage with.

  3. Expertise in volunteering: As one of our key focuses is to engage the Bar in volunteering through BIC we are eager to recruit someone with previous success in marketing and ultimately filling volunteering vacancies.

We are eager to ensure diversity in our governance roles within Advocate. We therefore welcome applications from communities across the UK and particularly encourage applications from ethnic minority backgrounds or other underrepresented backgrounds.

Time commitment and requirements of the role

Members would attend management committee meetings every three months. These meetings would last approximately an hour. We anticipate these meetings being online. We are eager to recruit people who are willing to actively participate in discussions.

We are looking for candidates with a willingness to commit the necessary time and effort and to apply your experience and expertise to support the Manager of BIC. Those applying should understand the responsibilities of being part of a management committee.

Remuneration

The roles are unpaid positions, however reasonable out of pocket expenses may be reimbursed, particularly to assist with travel costs.

To apply for or express an interest in this position, please email bicenquiries@weareadvocate.org.uk 

Causes: Social Welfare, Legal Advice and Justice
Roles: Trusteeships and Governance
Advocate
National charity based in London WC1V 7JH
London

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