Job Advert: Roebucks Solicitors

Roebucks Solicitors is a well-established firm with 5 offices based across Lancashire. We are currently looking to recruit a Mental Health Accredited fee earner who has experience in Mental Health Law.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits based on experience and are committed to ensuring that our staff have access to the training they need both for their own development and to enable them to deliver a high quality service.

We are looking for a fee earner with:
• Law Society Panel Membership
• Experience in Tribunal Advocacy
• Experience of MCA and COP work helpful but not essential
• Knowledge of LAA contracts in MH
• A full driving licence

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following skills:
• The ability to work in a team as well as individually.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Good attention to detail.
• Excellent time management skills.
• The ability to work under pressure whilst meeting deadlines and targets.
• Good IT skills.

Experience of using computerised systems, including case management, digital dictation and voice recognition is desirable but full training will be given.

If you are interested in the position please email your CV to Gina Steele, Head of Mental Health Department:

Closing date for applications is Friday 6th April 2018.

We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities.



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Job Advert: Bishop & Light

Court of Protection Solicitor

Due to growth we are looking to recruit an experienced solicitor to work across our successful Mental Capacity and Mental Health Act Departments.

Ideally 3 years’ PQE and supervisor status. Exceptional applicants with less experience will be considered.
Good working knowledge of Mental Capacity law.
Experience of working within Legal Aid contracts.

Salary negotiable according to experience. We are also happy to consider a percentage deal.

Please apply with covering letter and CV to:


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Job Advert: Odonnells Solicitors, Preston


An opportunity has arisen for a MH Panel member to join our tribunal team.

The successful candidate will understand the importance of providing a supportive and understanding experience for our clients, of being part of a team, will be an accredited member of the Law Society Mental Health panel and have:-

a) a full driving licence and access to a vehicle, and

b) experience of dealing with matters under Legal Aid, and

c) advocacy skills and experience.

Our office is in Preston, but we cover appointments and representation at tribunals throughout the North of England. There is an opportunity for some remote working, to enhance your work/life balance. We want you to enjoy working with us, and for this to be a long-term arrangement. There is also an opportunity to have training from our Court of Protection team to broaden your skills.

Salary dependant on qualifications and experience of the candidate.

Interviews will be at our office in Preston.

Applications should be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 23rd February 2018, by email with c.v. attached.

Please address your email to our Managing Partner, Jane Gale, using the following email address:-


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Job Advert: Mackintosh Law Solicitors


The vacancy
Mackintosh Law seeks a paralegal to join our well established and friendly Court of Protection welfare team at our busy practice at London Bridge. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of developing caselaw for disabled people who need assistance in making decisions about key aspects of their lives.

The firm
We are a specialist law firm providing expert legal advice and representation to disabled clients in the niche areas of mental capacity, community care, and health care law.

Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) is the owner and sole principal of Mackintosh Law. She is supported by a highly trained team of solicitors and paralegals.

The firm’s work seeks to raise the profile of the legal rights of people with learning disabilities, people in mental distress and clients with physical disabilities. The firm holds a contract to undertake legal aid work and is a staunch campaigner for access to justice issues for disabled people.

What we do

Mental Capacity (Court of Protection) – Every person has the right to make decisions about their own lives, however if a person does not have the mental capacity to make a particular decision then we represent them in the Court of Protection where the court may need to make a decision in their best interests under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. We also advise vulnerable clients about their rights to services and possible challenges to unlawful decisions made by public bodies such as local authorities and health organisations.

We have taken some of the leading test cases in our field and have a national reputation for quality advice and representation.

Our website provides further examples of the types of cases where we can advise:

The post
The post will involve assisting fee earners in progressing cases and effective case management under close supervision, including (but not exclusively):

• meeting with and advising vulnerable clients in the office, hospital, care home
or elsewhere
• attending Court when required
• preparing instructions to counsel
• arranging and attending conferences with counsel
• reading evidence, records and undertaking research
• drafting documents for Court

The applicant
We are ideally looking for a law graduate, who may or may not have commenced or completed the LPC or equivalent, preferably with practical experience and a genuine interest in Mental Capacity work and the Court of Protection.

Experience of working in a legal environment and on legally aided cases would be an advantage but is not essential.

The successful candidate will need to thrive in a busy environment, have excellent communication skills, numeracy and IT skills, and a willingness and ability to learn quickly and to accept responsibility. Enthusiasm, commitment, drive and the ability to work well in a team is vital.

In turn we will provide support and training in a specialist legal environment to develop excellent legal skills and help vulnerable clients enforce their rights.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop within a thriving firm who will provide an interesting and varied workload. We pride ourselves on our leading reputation and have a strong commitment to client care and the future growth and development of the firm.

Start date
As soon as possible

Highly competitive and in line with London Living wage

All applications must be made via our application pack.

Please email your request for a pack and a copy of your CV to

Or write to:

Mark Slade
Office Manager
Mackintosh Law
103 Borough High Street
London SE1 1NL

CLOSING DATE for applications via the pack: 24 January 2018.

Please note that we are not accepting agency CVs for this position.

Mackintosh Law is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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Job Advert: Creighton and Partners Solicitors

Mental Health Solicitor – Central London

An opportunity has arisen for a Mental Health Solicitor in our Central London Office. The candidate must hold current membership of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

Creighton and Partners is a niche central London firm specialising in family, care and mental health law.

The successful candidate will be expected to hold a caseload of mental health matters, which will involve representing clients before the First-Tier Tribunal (Mental Health), at Hospital Managers Hearings, CPA meetings and s117 meetings. The candidate will work with clients both within hospitals and in the community within London, and on occasions outside of the local area.

This is a good opportunity for a newly qualified mental health solicitor to join an expanding, friendly team and to work with the support and supervision of an experienced practitioner.

This position is a full time, permanent position with an immediate start.

Salary will be dependent on experience.

Please send your CV and covering letter to Dawn Wilson at

Closing date for applications: 20.01.18

26-28 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4HE


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Job Advert: Irwin Mitchell

Solicitor, NQ-3 years (Public Law & Human Rights, Sheffield)

We are currently looking for a solicitor to work within our Public Law & Human Rights department in our Sheffield office.

The Company

Irwin Mitchell is passionate about the law and in providing our clients with the very best legal advice and guidance.

We believe in putting our clients first. Our client care is second to none and this, underpinned by our promise to exceed client expectations, has helped the firm to grow to become one of the UK’s most successful and respected law firms.

Today we employ over 2800 people in 15 UK offices.

Public Law & Human Rights

IM’s Public Law and Human Rights Department is a leader in its fields and offers really exciting opportunities to work in a successful team. There will be opportunities to assist solicitors, to develop and work on high profile, cutting-edge cases with some cases progressing up to the appellate courts including the Supreme Court. Our current specialisms cover advisory work and litigation disputes in the areas of judicial review, community care, health welfare cases in the Court of Protection, civil liberties, actions against the police, education and professional discipline fields. We have forged a national reputation for work on test cases. Our work regularly receives considerable media attention and produces reported legal judgements. We have a national reach.

We hold Legal Aid Agency contracts in public law and community care law and are also instructed by privately funded individuals, businesses, professional associations and institutions including national and local charities and other voluntary organisations.

Irwin Mitchell is passionate about the law and in providing clients with the very best legal advice, and support during disputes. Our client care is second to none and this, underpinned by our promise to exceed client expectations, has helped the firm to grow to become one of the UK’s most successful, best-known and respected law firms. The firm and its lawyers are consistently recommended as leaders in the legal directories.

We have Public Law and Human Rights teams in Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, London, and Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Southampton and Sheffield and an enviable reputation as leaders in the field.

The Role

  • Varied responsibilities, including taking instructions from and advising clients, undertaking legal research, preparing pleadings, witness statements, applications and bundles, liaising with experts, attending conferences with Counsel, clients and experts, obtaining evidence to support clients’ cases, and prosecuting cases through to settlement meeting or trial, if necessary.
  • Achieving own time-recording and fee income targets. Attaining required Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours to comply with Law Society Regulations, where appropriate.
  • Managing a challenging case-load with full conduct of clients’ matters from inception to completion.
  • Assisting more senior fee earners on all aspects of high value and complex cross-jurisdictional cases.
  • Keeping up to date with changes in relevant law and practice and attending training events to ensure application of up to date legal knowledge and best practice.
  • Contributing to relevant practice development initiatives and events to promote and develop the firm’s practice.

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed applicants, who can demonstrate that they will thrive on working in a busy environment.

Candidates will need to have excellent client care and communication skills, as the role will involve assisting with client communication and liaising with other professionals. The successful candidate will need to show that they can cope well under pressure and maintain excellent time management skills, with the ability to multi-task and keep to tight deadlines.

The Benefits

In addition to a competitive basic salary we have an exciting benefits package including a contributory pension scheme, critical illness cover, health cash plan, death in service, discounted legal services, 25 days hols (this increases with length of service), discounted online shopping, season ticket loans, childcare vouchers.

Additional information

The reference code for this role is S271117/SOL

Apply directly to Ian Miles at Feel free to contact Ian Miles if you have any further questions relating to the role.

Please note that we are not accepting agency CVs for this position.

Irwin Mitchell is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Job Advert: GT Stewart

GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates
Mental Health Solicitor – Leeds

We are recruiting a solicitor for our mental health team. Candidates must hold current membership of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates is a Legal 500 and Chambers UK recommended firm.

The successful candidate will be expected to run a caseload of mental health matters, which will include representing clients before the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health), at Hospital Managers hearings and at CPA meetings. They will be expected to work with clients in general psychiatric wards as well as secure hospitals and with clients in the community. They will be based in our Leeds office. The role will involve travel outside of the office to visit clients.

It is essential that the successful candidate has an excellent academic background and solid experience of working with clients with mental health difficulties.

It is desirable for candidates to have experience in cases before the Upper-tier Tribunal and unlawful detention cases involving mental health clients. Experience in representing clients before the Court of Protection is also advantageous.

This position is permanent and on a full time basis with an immediate start.

Salary and benefits will be dependant on experience or potential of the candidate. Please send your CV and covering letter to:


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MHLA Courses 2018

Education and Training courses: 2018 draft programme

Here are provisional dates for our 2018 programme of training courses. As soon as dates and venues are confirmed, events will be open for registration on the MHLA website ( and will be announced by our administrator by email.

Legal Aid Supervision (1 day)

9 February, London / 15 May, Manchester / 7 June, London 

This course is suitable for those wanting to apply to become supervisors in mental health, community care and other LAA contract categories.  During the day delegates will develop their practical supervision skills including delegation, leadership, team working and file review. There will be guidance on how to apply to become a supervisor, and an overview of the various audit tools the LAA use and how to approach and prepare for audits. The course has been prepared in conjunction with the LAA and attendance can be used to support an application for supervisor status.

Foundation course (1 day)

20 February, London / 29 August, London

This course is aimed at new practitioners and those intending to attend the Panel course in the near future. Attendance at the Foundation course is strongly recommended in order to achieve a sound understanding of the basic principles of mental health law, practice and procedure and in order to achieve the most from the two-day Panel course, which is a pre-requisite for application to The Law Society’s mental health panel.

Panel (accreditation scheme) course (2 days)

22-23 February, Leeds & 26-27 February, London (also running in June and September, dates tbc)  

The MHLA is an accredited provider of the two-day course which must be attended by prospective members of the Law Society’s Mental Health accreditation scheme (formerly called the Panel). New practitioners are strongly encouraged also to attend the one-day foundation course (although this is not compulsory) in order to benefit fully from this course. The Legal Aid contract requires that all advocacy at Mental Health Tribunals be carried out by members of the Law Society’s accreditation scheme. 

Advocacy, risk and cross-examination masterclass (1 day)

6 March, London / 15 October, Leicester

A course designed to enhance advocacy and case preparation skills. The focus is on preparing for advocacy, with advice on cross-examination of the witnesses and taking evidence-in-chief from the client, along with formulation and delivery of submissions. The course will also cover: understanding mental disorder, nature and degree; psychiatric medications; consent to treatment provisions; understanding, testing, challenging and addressing evidence of the ‘risks’; instructing independent psychiatrists appropriately and using their evidence at tribunal effectively. This course will be delivered by consultant forensic psychiatrists and an experienced mental health solicitor, and will have an interactive element. It is suitable for both new and experienced representatives. 

Refresher & Re-accreditation (1 day)

20 March, London / 3 October, London

This course will be suitable for those seeking re-accreditation, by: reviewing the legal and procedural developments of the last three years; providing a forum for discussing these along with the re-accreditation process; fulfilling the requirement to obtain six mental health CPD points. It will also be of interest to anyone wishing to further their knowledge of mental health law and practice. There will be a significant case study element to highlight areas of law and practice relevant to tribunal representation, including professional ethics, pre-hearing matters and tribunal procedure.

Case Law (1 day)

18 April, London

This one-day course focuses on practical application in the day-to-day work of mental health practitioners when representing clients and is delivered by leading mental health lawyers. This is an interactive course, suitable for new and experienced representatives.

Legal Aid and Peer Review (1 day)

23 April, London

This course provides guidance on the Legal Aid provisions in mental health cases, including escape-fee cases and requirements for means testing. It will also broaden practitioners’ knowledge of the peer review process and the peer review ‘Improving your Quality’ guidance. Training is provided by a current LAA independent costs assessor and a peer reviewer.

NEW! Restricted Patients(1 day)
13 September, London

This course will cover: Restricted sections and provenance; Duration of restricted sections; Powers of MHT; Managing a restricted case – key things to consider for the MH lawyer; MAPPA – overview, role in MHT, Victims,

Introduction to the Court of Protection (1 day)

This course will not be running in 2018.

Pricing and CPD 

  MHLA members Non-members CPD
Full day £150 £195 6 hours
Two days £300 (10% discount for groups of three or more) £390 12 hours


Job Advert: McKeag and Co

We are a North-east High Street Firm with various legal aid contracts, seeking to employ an external supervisor to assist in our Mental Health Department for the foreseeable future.

As a result of our Supervisor leaving our firm we are unable to utilize the legal aid contract.

We are undertaking a small amount of work in the department at present and require an external supervisor as a matter of urgency.

A contract will be entered into with the solicitor and remuneration paid on a month to month basis.

The LAA are aware of the situation and support our continuing to provide legal assistance under the contract.

All interested parties please contact: Denise Jackman, Solicitor, McKeag and Co DX60353 Gosforth

Or by post to: McKeag and Co Solicitors, 1/3 Lansdowne Terrace, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1HN.

Tel: 07980 274163



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Job Advert: Otten Penna Solicitors


Accredited Mental Health Panel Member (P/T or F/T)

The Mental Health team at Otten Penna is highly respected for its quality representation in the North West.

We are actively seeking to recruit a Mental Health fee earner who is a forward thinking individual who wishes to develop their experience in this area of law to provide specialist advice, assistance and representation in relation to all aspects of Mental Health. Part time or full time position available.

You will have experience in:
– A broad range of public funded Mental Health Law
– An understanding and ability to work within the LAA contract
– Be an accredited Panel Member (or awaiting interview)
– Possess a full driving licence.

You will be joining an experienced and friendly team with a supportive working environment with excellent career opportunities.

Salary negotiable depending on experience.

Inclusion to the firms Health and Wellbeing Scheme and Pension.

Please email your CV with a covering letter to: