Volunteer with us
Our volunteer legal advisers are vital to the delivery of our telephone advice lines.To volunteer with us you must be a woman*, and a qualified solicitor, barrister or legal executive with a full practising certificate and experience in either family or immigration and asylum law. You must be willing to commit to deliver one 2 hour advice session each month [3 hours if you are volunteering to give advice on Immigration and Asylum] from our office in London. Volunteer legal advisers receive training and expenses and we arrange regular events such as CPD accredited training and social events.
“I have been a volunteer with Rights of Women since September 2003, which possibly makes me one of the longest-serving telephone advisers on the evening helpline; in a way this speaks for itself! The helpline is an indispensable service and many women have told me that they consider it a lifeline, “a star in a dark place”.
I feel as a professional woman that we all have a duty to lend a helping hand to those who need it when they are feeling frightened, vulnerable or just completely overwhelmed with the appalling feeling that the weight of the legal system.
On a far more practical basis they also provide some very good chocolate and treats; by no means the main reason for volunteering but it should be taken into account as a factor…!”
– Lorraine, family law solicitor and Volunteer Legal Adviser
“Dealing with the legal system is often a source of great anxiety, uncertainty and confusion. The demand on the advice line demonstrates the importance of providing this service and I have spoken with many women in very difficult situations. It is important that they know that we are here for them and it is rewarding to be able to help.
There is a shared commitment at Rights of Women to assisting women who need help with legal problems. There remains a significant need for the service provided by the advice line and I would encourage women lawyers to join the team of evening advisers.
Ideally, our service would not be required but whilst it is I hope that women will continue to contact us.”
– Jenny, family law solicitor and Volunteer Legal Adviser
If you are interested in volunteering on our advice lines download the documents below:
*Occupational Requirement (Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9 Part I) applies