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; 25-26 June, London (also running in 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:

Job Advert: Taylor Haldane Barlex

Mental Health Solicitor – Norwich office

Due to continued expansion, we have an opportunity for a Solicitor / Accredited Member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel with more than 3 years PQE to join our busy Mental Health Team.

The successful candidate will:

1. Be an Accredited Member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel
2. Have more than 3 years PQE (exceptional applicants with less experience may be considered)
3. Have an own client following
4. Have experience in appearing before the Mental Health Tribunal
5. Have experience with Judicial Review and appeals to the Upper Tribunal
6. Possess a full driving license
7. Have an understanding and ability to work within the Legal Aid contract
8. Be able to work unsupervised and to provide training and support when required

This positon will be based in our Norwich office but the candidate will be expected to cover appointments and hearings within the East Anglian region.

Ability to assist in another area of law such as Crime or Family will be an advantage.

Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. We would be willing to discuss consultancy posts. Interviews will be at our office in Chelmsford.

Please send CV to Lesley Turner, Head of Mental Health Department via email: by the 31st December 2017.

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Job Advert: Steel & Shamash

Court of Protection Solicitor
We are looking for a self-motivated and experienced solicitor to join our established and successful Mental Capacity Department.

We have a reputation for achieving excellent results for our clients.

The Department has current rankings in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 and receives instructions from family members, RPRs and the Official Solicitor. We have involvement in high profile cases and we are in the vanguard in this developing area of law. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality legal advice and representation.

The successful candidate will have;

  • at least 3 years’ PQE, although exceptional applicants with less experience will be considered;
  • experience of acting for both family members and the subjects of Court of Protection welfare proceedings;
  • an in-depth and applied knowledge of Mental Capacity law;
  • a proven ability to deliver practical results for clients within proceedings;
    the ability to work with vulnerable people;
  • experience of working within legal aid contracts.

Candidates should also have reached the Legal Aid Agency’s supervisor status for Mental Health or Community Care law. Experience or an interest in Community Care is an advantage.

Please contact the Practice Manager at:

for a recruitment pack.


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Job Advert: Abbotstone Law

Abbotstone Law is recruiting for the following:

An opportunity for an experienced Court of Protection solicitor, with a focus on health and welfare to join our in-house Court of Protection department. The firm has a built a solid reputation in health and welfare work and is looking for the right candidate to join our expanding South London team. Meaningful career development opportunities await the successful candidate who will have:

a. a minimum of 3 years post qualification experience
b. the ability to work unsupervised, and to provide training and support to other members of the team
c. experience of DOLS applications, and Court of Protection applications (health and welfare jurisdiction)
d. experience of Mental Health and Community Care work preferable
e. knowledge of the LAA contract and experience of dealing with matters under Legal Aid.

We are looking for a dynamic Mental Health Panel Member with a following in the London & South East to join our inhouse team in Dulwich.

The successful candidate will be a Panel Member who meets the LAA’s supervisory standard and who will have significant experience in Tribunal representation and Judicial Review claims and works well within a team.

We pride ourselves on our reputation in Mental Health law and all our employees enjoy excellent supervision and ongoing professional development training.

We are seeking to recruit paralegals to join our team in Dulwich supporting our solicitors. Previous experience of working within a Mental Health and/or Mental Capacity department is preferred but not essential as suitable training can be given.

This post provides an exciting opportunity to develop interesting and varied practice experience with close supervision.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity
Abbotstone Law is proud of its commitment to diversity and anti-discrimination. The firm is committed to employing candidates from all sections of the community and welcome applications from candidates who wish to work flexibly.

Full time and part time applicants will be considered.  Interviews will be held at our offices.

Salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and the vacancies offer good prospects for advancement in what is currently a very busy and thriving practice.

If you are interested in applying, applications should be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 10th  November 2017, by email with c.v. attached to

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