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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Job Advert: Ben Hoare Bell


Award winning North East Firm seeks Solicitor to practice predominantly in Mental Health work.

We are looking for a full time Mental Health Solicitor to join the team in our Newcastle upon Tyne office.

The successful candidate must be a member of the Law Society Mental Health accreditation scheme.

The successful applicant may also be required to practice in Court of Protection work. However experience in this area is not essential.

Salary commensurate with experience.

For full job description visit:

To apply please send a CV and cover letter to Rachel Floyd – or 47 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1QU.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 31st July 2017.


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Minutes: 12/04/2017


Agenda items 1-3 chaired by David McLaughlin and Item 4 onwards by Tam Gill.

1. Welcome & introductions: Sue Antell, Caroline Auty, Rob Beech, Richard Charlton, Neil Cronin, Tam Gill, Michael Kennedy, Nick Lewis, David McLaughlin, Jennifer Nwachukwu, Floyd Porter, Jonathan Wilson, Karen Wolton.

2. Apologies: Catrin Blake, Sarah Burke, Shoni Newell, Shefik Osman, Pramod Sanatun, Kate Tyrrell.

3. Minutes of the meeting held on 8 December 2016: The December minutes had not been agreed in February because of a disagreement over Minute 5(b). A transcript was supplied. Following discussion, it was agreed to add the first paragraph of JW’s suggested amendment (The committee decided that a person would be considered to be “actively seeking membership” of the mental health accreditation scheme, and therefore eligible for full membership of the Association under the constitution, as soon as that person had booked onto a two-day panel course) but not the second. The minutes were duly approved. No further letter would be sent to the applicant whose Firm membership had been declined.

4. Minutes of the meeting held on 15 February 2017: proposed as an accurate record by DM and seconded by MK. CA would put both sets of minutes on the website shortly.

5. Matters arising not covered on agenda: none

6. Officers’ reports:
a. Chairman & Vice Chair (Tam Gill & Michael Kennedy)

(i) LAA contract update: it was noted that the single-stage is expected to open in May 2017, to ensure compliance with Public Contract Regulations 2015 (nb: different timescale from headline intentions document).
(ii) LAA Contract query: a query received from a member regarding client allocation in the new LAA contract was discussed. However, the committee did not agree that MHLA should raise this issue with the LAA.
(iii) TLS Panels update
 Welfare panel pre-accreditation course bookings are now open.
 MH Panel ‘professional development hours’ for initial accreditation applications: given that other Law Society panels have more stringent requirements than MH, the committee decided not to raise this issue with TLS on behalf of the membership.
(iv) SRA meeting: this was attended by MK, KW & TG on 27 March. SRA representatives made presentations explaining what they do, and there had been discussion about regulatory problems in the sector, which John Sirodcar had joined in by conference call. The dialogue would be continued, especially regarding complaints, appeals and investigations, and another meeting was planned for the Autumn.
(v) Future meeting Oliver Heald: CA would send a reminder to members who had not yet responded to the recent questionnaire seeking their views.
(vi) DCP Hinchliffe response on judicial guidance: following discussion, it was agreed to write to Judge Hinchliffe to say that as a committee we are concerned that there appear to be summaries produced which do not reflect case law. RC would draft a response.

b. Treasurer (Sarah Burke)
(i) SB was not present. The budget figures had been circulated in advance.
(ii) VAT:
 It was noted that those speakers who are VAT-registered may now claim VAT on top of their speaker fee.
 The accountant had confirmed that in order to remain exempt from VAT, any profits derived from education and training should be reinvested in E&T activities. Following discussion around the issues of VAT registration and ring-fencing, it was agreed to seek further clarification from Steven Nixon. MK and CA would liaise on this.
c. President (Nick Lewis)
(i) MHDC update:
 NL had been involved with setting up the MC accreditation scheme and wished to record thanks to FP, who has carried the responsibility for the scheme, and also to Sheila Carrick, Sophy Miles and Rachel Turner. The scheme is likely to go live in August and courses are running in London and Manchester.
 Vulnerable adults bill: members of the committee undertaking work involving vulnerable adults were asked to make case studies available to Alex Ruck Keene.
 The Law Society is seeking to recruit MHDC committee members and anyone interested should contact them.
(ii) Law Society contract: NL had met Ellie Cronin and a member of the MoJ to promote our views on the new contract. Originally a two-stage process, this was now a one-stage process.

d. Secretary (David McLaughlin)
(i) No response had been received from the firm whose membership application was declined in December.
(ii) An issue had been drawn to DM’s attention whereby a firm of solicitors seemed to be ‘encouraging’ or making a claim on behalf of a Tribunal. DM and TG would liaise.

7. Sub-Committee reports
a. Conferences

(i) CoP conference
FP was happy with Mr Justice Munby as the headline speaker and it would not be necessary to find another judge to speak. Marketing would commence shortly.

(ii) MHLA conference and AGM
Speaker update: Duncan Birrell will deputise for Judge Hinchliffe, who cannot attend. NL’s daughter Sian, a forensic psychologist who works in the prison service, is willing to speak, together with a colleague who works in the public and private sectors. Lucy Series has suggested an academic in the Leeds area. MK would present the Case Law update with Sophy Miles.

b. Court of Protection (Floyd Porter)
The sub-committee’s report had been circulated and there was nothing further to add.

c. Legal Aid (Karen Wolton)
(i) KW had attended an LAA meeting with John Sirodcar and Jake Kraft. On the subject of audits and new guidance, KW had suggested that auditors are not particularly well-trained. The zero tolerance policy for errors at audit has been confirmed and even a single error will result in contract notices. Another two on the same issue will lead to contract issues (termination). It was agreed to draft a note to members warning them to disregard the guidance at their peril. Action: MK.
(ii) An issue raised by Peter Edwards was being looked into by the LAA’s policy group.

d. Education and Training (Shefik Osman)
The sub-committee’s report had been circulated and there was nothing further to add.

e. MHT
Nothing to report.

8. Regional meetings
MK is organising a Yorkshire & North East regional meeting on 24 May.

9. Future meetings
Tuesday 6 June
Tuesday 1 August
Tuesday 26 September
Wednesday 1 November
Annual conference & AGM Friday 17 November

10. AOB:
(i) Correspondence had been received asking members to submit examples of discharge. [They] had been asked to be more specific about what they were seeking, but had not yet responded.
(ii) NC raised the issue of whether section 5.2 of the Constitution (the power to refuse membership with no reason given) was appropriate. This could be considered at a future date.

Job Advert: Steel & Shamash

Position: Court of Protection Solicitor
Hours: Full time and Permanent

Steel & Shamash Solicitors are looking to recruit a Court of Protection Solicitor with significant experience of Health & Welfare matters.

You will have an excellent understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and will be experienced in handling a complex caseload of Court of Protection Health & Welfare matters.

You will have a strong reputation within this legal sector. You will have an excellent understanding of developments in the law in relation to issues concerning Deprivation of Liberty and Mental Capacity whilst also having a working knowledge of Community Care Law and the principles of Public Law as they apply to work in the Court of Protection.

Prime Responsibilities:
• Manage own caseload of files to include:-
– Section 16 MCA cases concerning Residence, Care, Contact, Sexual Relations and Medical Treatment issues;
– Section 21A MCA appeals challenging Deprivations of Liberty.
• Work with clients who have a learning disability as well as clients with mental health issues.
• Take an active role in business development for the department and particularly for Court of Protection Health & Welfare work.

Essential Requirements:
• Specialise in Court of Protection Health & Welfare work (experience more important than PQE)
• Excellent organisational and & communication skills
• Ability to build good working relationships with members of the team and clients
• Ability to build relationships with other professionals and third parties
• Ability to work under pressure
• Professionalism

The successful candidate must be hard working, flexible and willing to build good working relationships as part of a team and have excellent people and IT skills.

Please email your CV with a covering letter to:


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Job Advert: Abbotstone Law

Abbotstone Law, based in Dulwich, south London is now recruiting for the following vacancies:

. Mental Capacity consultant solicitors nationally who possess a sound understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and who are experienced in handling a complex case load of Court of Protection health and welfare matters.

. Mental Health consultant solicitors in the South East of England, South West of England and Midlands and the East of England. All applicants must be members of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

We are very proud of our dedicated and highly competent team who operate under a consultancy model in a collegiate environment.

Our consultants are provided with administrative support, supervision and training to further their career development.

We are looking for consultants to join us immediately. If you have a following it helps, but this is not essential.

Consultancy work offers flexibility in the work place with the opportunity for excellent remuneration.

To apply, please send your application with brief CV for the attention of Kate Luscombe at the following e-mail address:

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Job Advert: John Fowlers Solicitors

Experienced Mental Health Panel Member required to join our busy and thriving Mental Health department.

Salary negotiable dependent on experience.

Please send CV and covering letter to:

Karen Morovic
HR Partner
John Fowlers Solicitors
Town Hall Chambers
St Runwald Street
Colchester CO1 1DS

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