Job Advert: Pickwick Solicitors

Pickwick Solicitors are seeking consultant mental health solicitors with own following who will work on their own files.  

Exceedingly competitive fee arrangements offered and supervision provided.  Office space available if required.  Our office is in London Fields, Hackney.

We are applying for a mental health contract in January.

Please email

This is an excellent opportunity not to be missed

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Job Advert: Donovan Newton Solicitors

We are a busy, well-established practice consisting of two Directors and two Assistant Solicitors, specialising in Mental Health, Mental Capacity, and all related work. The majority of our work is publicly funded. We are looking to recruit two additional fee earners to work in the Midlands area.

1. Qualified Solicitor – Law Society Mental Health Tribunal Panel member.

The successful candidate will undertake all types of work relating to Mental Health Tribunals and Court of Protection. A full driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential.

2. Paralegal

Previous experience of working within a Mental Health Department preferred but not essential as suitable training can be given. As above a full driving licence is essential and access to a vehicle preferred.

There will be opportunities for flexible working in relation to both posts, and the majority of the work will be undertaken remotely. Salary will be commensurate with qualification and experience, and the vacancies offer good prospects for advancement in what is currently a very busy and thriving niche practice.

Please provide CV to Simon Newton at

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Job Advert: Switalskis Solicitors

Accredited mental health representative
Yorkshire-based, Lexcel-accredited, Switalskis Solicitors LTD has a vacancy for an accredited mental health representative to join our highly regarded well established Mental Health team based at our Head office in Wakefield City Centre.

The successful candidate must have experience in Tribunal advocacy and be an accredited Law Society MH Tribunal Panel member with a good grasp of the LAA mental health contract.

As the role will cover a wide area, a full driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential.

We do not wish to enter into consultancy arrangements.

Mental health law and community care law paralegal
We are also looking for a paralegal to join the team (based in York), in order to assist Michael Kennedy (head of our Mental Health and Court of Protection departments) with a range of cases involving: mental health law; capacity law; community care law and public law.

Some basic information about the firm and our benefits package
Switalskis Solicitors LTD is a relatively large firm consisting of over 260 staff with offices in 13 Yorkshire locations. We offer some services over a regional basis and some over a national basis.

Our services span a range, including: clinical negligence; housing; family; crime; conveyancing; wills and probate, as well as the services referred to above. We have successfully taken cases to the all levels, including to the European Court of Human Rights and our cases are regularly published in various law reports as well as the media.

We have a very strong record in developing our staff and have very good levels of support for our fee earners.

We are proud to confirm that as well as working with some of the most experienced and skilled lawyers and legal support staff across Yorkshire, new employees at Switalskis may enjoy a range of fantastic staff benefits, including:

  • Group Life Assurance Scheme – 4 x gross annual salary
  • Group Income Protection – applicable after 26 weeks of absence
  • Group Critical Illness – 1 x gross annual salary
  • Bupa Wellbeing Plan (including membership for up to 4 children)
  • Membership of Perkbox, a staff reward/voucher scheme
  • Contractual Sick Pay entitlement
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • 5 weeks annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rated)
  • Additional ½ day holiday for Christmas Eve and New Years’ Eve
  • Child care voucher scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • 10% top up on maternity pay for first 6 weeks of Statutory Maternity Leave
  • Recruitment bonus payments
  • Remote working flexibility (role dependant)
  • Parking (role dependant)
  • Company mobile phone and iPad (role dependant)

If you believe you are the right fit for either role, please send your cv to our HR Manager, Miss M Paga, at or by post to Miss M Paga, NU House, 24 High Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2LR.

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Job Advert: Peter Edwards Law


We are offering some excellent opportunities to join our highly regarded well established niche firm based in Hoylake in our expanding Mental Health Tribunal and Court of Protection departments.  We are based at Hoylake on the Wirral but represent clients in several areas including North and mid Wales.


Recruiting for an experienced fee earner with good technical knowledge and have an eye for detail.  This role comes with excellent prospects for progression.  The successful candidate must have:

  • Experience in Tribunal advocacy
  • Accredited Law Society MH Tribunal Panel membership
  • Knowledge of LAA contracts
  • A full driving licence and access to a vehicle
  • Experience of MCA, COP and Community Care desirable but not essential


We are seeking a determined Paralegal to join an already established team to assist in the preparation of tribunals.  For those aiming at qualification, you will ideally have completed your LPC and will be looking for progression.  This role has the potential of a future training contract.

  • Some knowledge of MHA would be desirable but not essential
  • A full driving licence and access to a vehicle


Recruiting for an experienced Court of Protection Solicitor or Paralegal to join a busy and expanding team.  There could be room to develop Private Client work in Wills and Probate.  It would therefore be beneficial if the candidate had experience covering Court of Protection matters and some general Private Client work.

  • Experience of working within MCA/COP
  • Knowledge of LAA contract would be preferable
  • A full driving licence and access to a vehicle
  • Experience of MHA and Community Care work preferable


We are also recruiting for a dynamic Paralegal to join our COP department.  For those aiming at qualification, you will ideally have completed your LPC and will be looking for progression. This role has the potential of a future training contract.

  • Some knowledge of MHA and Community Care would be useful but not essential
  • A full driving licence and access to a vehicle

All of the above positions are permanent and full-time.  Salaries will be based on experience.

To apply for any of the roles please send your current CV and a brief covering letter addressing your suitability to:
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Minutes: 06/06/2017


1. Welcome & introductions: Sue Antell, Caroline Auty, Sarah Burke, Michael Kennedy, Nick Lewis, Shefik Osman, Kate Tyrrell, Jonathan Wilson.

2. Apologies: Rob Beech, Catrin Blake, Richard Charlton, Neil Cronin, Tam Gill, David McLaughlin, Shoni Newell, Jennifer Nwachukwu, Floyd Porter, Pramod Sanatun, Karen Wolton.

3. Minutes of the meeting held on 12 April 2017: proposed as an accurate record by MK subject to amended wording of Item 6(d)(ii): “encouraging the client to apply to the tribunal when discharge was not something they wanted to achieve.” There would be further discussion of the definition of ‘actively seeking membership’ under this meeting’s Agenda Item 4.

4. Matters arising not covered on agenda:
Definition of ‘actively seeking membership’: one view was that a prospective member should have undertaken the mandatory Panel course and submitted their application to The Law Society. For the avoidance of doubt, it was agreed that the Drafting sub-committee would consider a comprehensive definition and the Constitution would be amended in due course. The sub-committee would also look at eligibility for discounted Panel course fees and the definition of Firm membership.

5. Officers’ reports:
a. Chair / Vice Chair (Michael Kennedy)

(i) We had received a response from Mind’s legal officer about the request on delayed discharges reported in the 12 April Minutes, Item 10(i). They are seeking anonymised case examples and want us to pass on the request. It was agreed to email members with the relevant Mind contact details.
(ii) Response to DCP Hinchliffe: a letter had been drafted by RC. As this was a sensitive matter and not many committee members were in attendance, it was agreed to circulate the draft to the full committee with a deadline for comments of 30 June.

b. Treasurer (Sarah Burke)
(i) Budget figures had been circulated and the Association remained in good financial health.
(ii) VAT: following more discussion around the pros and cons of ring-fencing, the Treasurer agreed to seek further clarification from the accountants.

c. President (Nick Lewis):
(i) Stakeholder meeting 25 April: A 1% increase in cases referred to the Tribunal was reported during the last year. NL had raised the problem of Tribunals being cancelled at the last minute because panel members were not available. Ideally more panel members should be appointed, although there are budgetary issues. They will not now express views as to whether or not a patient should be discharged, although they will sometimes express a view if in conflict with the clinical physician. One matter NL raised was that our members may, with agreement from the responsible clinician, suggest an agreed date subject to availability of the panel. The MoJ had indicated that they were embarking on training for their staff and running training days for practitioners to attend.
(ii) NL had attended a professional engagement group and, although there was little relating to MH work, they were running a pilot scheme for courts to sit until 8pm. Whilst there may be an argument for this in other jurisdictions, in NL’s view neither MH patients nor practitioners would accept it.

d. Secretary
There were no issues not already covered.

6. Sub-Committee reports
a. Conferences (Kate Tyrrell)

(i) CoP conference
Arrangements were going smoothly. Registration was open, and there were 33 delegates to date including speakers. Mr Justice Munby was still ‘agreed in principle’ as the headline speaker. CA would continue the marketing push.
(ii) MHLA conference and AGM
Confirmed speakers:
Steve Matthews, Masked AMHP
Dr Caroline Bradley, Consultant Psychiatrist (+ Kay Raleigh, Consultant Clinical Forensic Psychologist?)
Sophy Miles & Michael Kennedy, Case Law Update
Judge Birrell, TS (NL will ask Hinchliffe who should formally approach him)
Floyd Porter, Chief Assessor of TLS MCA Panel

Other speakers:
LAA speakers (to be identified nearer the time – TG will liaise)
Professor Luke Clements, Leeds University (MK to contact)

b. Court of Protection (Floyd Porter)
(i) Law Commission DoL safeguards review: progress has been halted due to the general election and realistically there may not be any changes until 2021.
(ii) MC Accreditation: training courses are running, there has been good feedback, and the first ALRs may be appointed by October.

c. Legal Aid (Karen Wolton)
The LAA had issued new, clear guidance on contract management on 3 April. It was agreed to write to members encouraging them to read the guidance and follow it to the letter in order to avoid contract notices.

d. Education and Training (Shefik Osman)
The 2017 programme of courses was running well. TG had raised time constraints for updating course materials and other trainers were covering these. The new Supervision course had run successfully and would be repeated. Remaining courses pencilled in for October would be confirmed as soon as possible.

e. MHT
Nothing to report.

7. Regional meetings
MK had organised a regional meeting in York on 24 May. Topics had included the new Civil Contract, the new contract guidance, the tribunal and a CoP update. Attendees had aired concerns about TLS’s accreditation scheme including re-accreditation delays and difficulties in complying with CPD requirements.

8. AOB
(i) JW raised the question of the Data Protection Act. As well as complying, the MHLA should register with the Information Commissioners Office.
(ii) SB raised concerns about a number of recent audit issues, including nil assessed and contract notice, in contrast to the guidance. SB had appealed and was awaiting news. SB will send case details to KW with a view to these matters being raised with John Sirodcar.
(iii) Associate members: we had changed the Constitution in 2016 and created the new category of Associate member who should not have access to the members-only area of the website, but currently did. JW asked whether we should change this. Discussion was deferred until the next meeting.
(iv) Reserves: JW asked about interest on the MHLA’s bank account. The current account was not interest-bearing, nor were there any charges. The Treasurer said that it was not worth considering other options as the Association wanted easy access to funds and the amount of interest would be negligible.
(v) Re-accreditation: the proposed requirement is now six tribunals and six CPD hours a year. SB asked that we publicise this new requirement when it is introduced.

9. Future meetings:
Tuesday 1 August
Tuesday 26 September
Wednesday 1 November
Annual conference & AGM Friday 17 November

Job Advert: Conroys Solicitors LLP

Mental Health Tribunal Case Worker – Truro, Cornwall

Conroys Solicitors LLP have a vacancy for a Case Worker, ideally a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme who is able to represent clients in the Mental Health Tribunal immediately. We will also consider applicants who are not yet accredited but have a commitment to this area of work.

The position is permanent and full- time (but applications for part-time will be considered).

Conroys Solicitors LLP are a specialist Mental Health and Mental Capacity practice based in Cornwall.

Salary will be dependent on experience.

To apply please send your C.V. and a covering letter/email to


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Job Advert: Butler and Co Solicitors

Mental Health and/or Court of Protection case workers urgently sought – based in Taunton, Somerset.

Butler and Co Solicitors is a busy and well regarded legal aid practice specialising in Mental Health and Court of Protection law. Based in Taunton, Somerset, we cover cases throughout England and Wales, but the majority of our work is in the south west region.

We are now looking to recruit one solicitor/caseworker for our Mental Health team and/or one solicitor/caseworker for our Court of Protection team. Applications in respect of each position are invited accordingly.

A job description for each position can be supplied upon request. Please note that Mental Health panel accredited membership would be a distinct advantage in relation to the Mental Health team position, and a driving licence would be essential for each. Salary will be competitive and will be determined by experience.

Applications and requests for job descriptions should be sent by email to:


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Job Advert: Grahame Stowe Bateson

Graham Stowe Bateson solicitors seek an accredited mental health fee earner/solicitor to join our experienced and respected Mental Health Team. We are a Leeds and Harrogate firm but also provide representation in the north-west in and around Manchester. A vacancy has arisen in this area. The successful applicant can work remotely from an office base in Bury. The successful applicant will be panel accredited and preferably be qualified to fulfil a supervisory role too. Experience of MCA and COP work would be beneficial. The successful applicant will be familiar with LAA contractual requirements. A full driving licence is required.

Salary is dependent on experience.

Please email your cv with a covering letter to:



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Job Advert: Irwin Mitchell

Paralegal (Public Law & Human Rights, London)
We are currently recruiting for a Paralegal within our Public Law & Human Rights Department within our London 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.

The Department
IM’s Public Law & 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 develop and work on high profile, cutting-edge cases with some cases progressing up to the appellate courts including the Supreme Court and the European courts. Our current specialisms cover disputes in education, health and welfare, civil liberties, planning/environmental and general public law/judicial review fields and we have forged a reputation for work on test cases. Our work regularly receives considerable media attention and we have a national reach.

We hold Legal Aid Agency contracts and are 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 about providing clients with the very best legal advice, and support. 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 teams in Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

The Role
We are looking for a Paralegal to assist on health, social care, welfare law (including mental capacity / court of protection), education and/or civil liberties and actions against the police cases within the London office.

Paralegal experience would be an advantage especially within Public Law, however this is not essential.

The attributes we are looking for:
Successful candidates will have excellent client care skills and a sensitive and sympathetic understanding of clients’ needs. As a firm we are committed to protecting clients’ rights and the post holder should have good communication skills in order to be able to work effectively with all types of people.

Candidates will also be expected to have excellent analytical and organisational skills, be committed to teamwork, take a thorough approach to documenting their work, and have the ability to use their own initiative. This position would suit motivated individuals with intelligence, ambition, lateral thinking skills and sound judgment.

As a paralegal you will work with solicitors/FILEX on their case load.

If you thrive on being busy and can adapt well to new challenges, then we’ll give you all the training and support you’ll need to help you succeed in these highly rewarding roles. You must be IT literate and attentive to detail, with proven expertise in client care.

The Benefits
In addition to your 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
Feel free to contact Ian Miles – Lead Resourcing Consultant if you have any further questions relating to the role.

The reference code for this role is Z120617/PARA

Please note we are not accepting agency CVs for this role.

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Irwin Mitchell is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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Job Advert: various roles, London-based firm

We are a well established and reputable London based firm with a thriving mental health department. We pride ourselves in providing a quality service which has seen a continuous increase in demand for our services over the years.
We are committed to training and developing our staff and offering a progressive career package. We also offer flexible working arrangements. The key to our success is the investment we make in our staff.
We have the following roles open for recruitment:
Mental Health Panel Accredited caseworkers with a starting salary of £24,000 pa
Mental Health Panel Accredited Solicitors with a starting salary between £30,000 to £45,000 dependant on experience and qualifications.
Mental Health Panel Accredited Fee Earners to join us on a consultancy basis, with a very generous profit sharing package.
Mental Capacity Fee Earner to join us on a consultant basis, with a very generous profit sharing package.  
It would be advantageous for Applicants with their own following, although not necessary.
All interested applicants should email their CV and covering letter to :

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