Campaign Against Antisemitism’s litigation continues to break new ground in the fight against antisemitism.
We have brought private prosecutions, judicial reviews, regulatory complaints, and actions for libel, and we were the complainant in the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s statutory investigation into antisemitism in the Labour Party.
Having established the effectiveness of litigation in forcing action by the authorities and bringing antisemites to justice, we have now decided to increase the number of cases that we bring each year, especially in relation to antisemitism on campuses and online.
As our in-house General Counsel, you will be at the forefront of the fight against antisemitism. You will work to hold antisemites to account and force the authorities to fulfil their duty to protect British Jews.
This is an unparalleled opportunity to work closely with some of the UK’s most renowned lawyers to change the way that racism is addressed in the UK, gain litigation experience across a broad range of disciplines, and work with major law firms and leading counsel to devise legal strategy.
You must have experience of practice as a solicitor or barrister in at least one of the fields below and show ample experience in litigation and working with senior legal teams:
- Crime, especially communications or public order;
- Regulatory law, especially professional conduct or charity law;
- Administrative law, especially judicial review;
- Defamation; or
- Equality and human rights.
It is fully understood that you will not be an expert in every area of law that our work involves, which is why you will work with our network of pro-bono legal experts and external counsel, who are counted amongst the very best in their professional specialisms. In areas of law that are not your specialism, you will be led by a specialist practitioner.
The work will include:
- Bringing private prosecutions against antisemites;
- Challenging the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) when it fails to prosecute antisemitic hate crime;
- Subjecting inadequate decisions by public bodies to judicial review;
- Submitting regulatory complaints and advising regulatory bodies;
- Bringing and defending defamation cases;
- Working with some of the most renowned lawyers in the country who assist us on a pro-bono basis and running our legal network;
- Advising victims of antisemitism; and
- Drafting documents including correspondence, internal policies, particulars of claim, and witness statements.
To assist you in your work, you will have the support of:
- The specialised volunteers within our investigations and enforcement units, who are accustomed to preparing evidence and seeing cases through to their conclusion, often doggedly, over years through multiple appeals;
- Our pro-bono lawyers whose expertise is drawn from the full range of the fields above and who practise at the top of their specialisms;
- Access to legal databases and materials on a basis to be agreed and budgeted each year; and
- Operational, communications and administrative support from full-time colleagues working with you in our London office (at present, the office is closed due to the pandemic).
You will be meticulously organised and precise, even under pressure, and operate with total discretion. Your work will require you to prioritise effectively, respond fast and think analytically. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and be comfortable working as part of a large and growing team. Above all, you will be passionate about fighting for equal treatment for Britain’s Jews.