Job Advert: Ben Hoare Bell LLP

Mental Health/Court of Protection Solicitor

We are currently looking for an experienced Mental Health Solicitor/Panel Member to join our team.

Ben Hoare Bell LLP is a well-established legal practice operating from three offices in Sunderland, Newcastle and Gateshead. The firm has 9 Partners.

The firm has a strong ethical base and wishes to remain committed to operating within the publicly funded area of legal work, offering a high-quality service to people regardless of means.

The Mental Health/Court of Protection Department currently employs 3 solicitors, 2 trainee solicitors and 1 secretary. The department currently holds a Legal Aid contract to cover the North.

Although this post is likely to be based in Byker the post holder is expected to work from any office used by Ben Hoare Bell LLP.

Necessary Qualifications:

Qualified as a Solicitor or CILEX (essential).

Current full driving licence with access to own car (essential).

Membership of the Law Society Mental Health accreditation scheme (essential).


  1. Experience of Mental Health work (essential).
  2. Experience of Mental Capacity work (desirable). Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 would be of assistance but is not essential. There will be opportunities to gain experience in Mental Capacity Law, if not already acquired.
  3. Involvement in administration and management (desirable).
  4. Work with community or NfP organisations (desirable).
  5. Marketing experience (desirable).

Job Type: Permanent

Working Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday- Friday.

We would be open to applications from individuals looking for to work part-time. 


  • 26 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time employees).
  • Additional holiday entitlement of up to 5 days awarded for continued service.
  • Birthday Leave entitlement
  • Training and development for all employees including paying for, and supporting through relevant accreditations/reaccreditations.
  • Weekly fruit provided for all as well as coffee/tea/milk
  • Flexibility for home working for solicitors
  • Team Building days and social events
  • Pension Scheme
  • Maternity pay for employees with two years continuous service (10 weeks at full pay and 16 weeks at half pay).
  • Paternity pay for employees with 26 weeks continuous service (2 weeks) and shared parental pay.

How to apply?

If you are interested in applying please email with your CV and covering letter. The deadline for applications is 29 February 2024.

Please see the following link for further details:

Job Advert: Star Legal Solicitors

Star Legal solicitors are seeking to recruit 2 solicitors and/or experienced case workers to join a strong reputable team within the West Midlands.

  1.  A Mental Health Solicitor or case worker who is Panel Accredited.  Supervisor status is desirable but not essential
  2. A Health and Welfare Court of Protection solicitor or case worker, with experience of Court of Protection cases and knowledge and experience of legal aid regulations.  Accredited Legal Representative/Mental Capacity Panel accreditation is desirable but not essential

We seek someone who has a keen commitment to representation of vulnerable individuals, has excellent communications skills, is adaptable and has an enthusiasm to help grow and develop a thriving and fast paced department.  Experience of managing your own case load is required. 

We have a strong team working ethos and you will receive support from a confident and knowledgeable administration team including secretarial, paralegal and billing support.

Driving licence and access to a car is essential

Salary is negotiable dependant upon qualification and experience

Benefits include:

               Free Parking

               Bonus Scheme

               Opportunities for growth, training and development

For further details or information on how to apply, please contact Kirstine McFarlane on 01922 646400 or

Job Advert: Butler & Co Solicitors

Join our mental health team 

Are you interested in joining our mental health team as a self-employed consultant? If so, please get in touch, as we are looking to recruit lawyers to expand our highly successful mental health department. 

Successful applicants will be expected to develop and manage their own caseload dealing with all aspects of mental health law but primarily focused on patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. A large part of the work will therefore involve representation at Mental Health Tribunals.

We are looking for applicants who are already members of the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation scheme and who are keen to develop a caseload in the Somerset/Devon areas.

You should be able to demonstrate commitment to legal aid work, to working in the south-west, and to providing the highest-quality service to the firm’s clients. 

Whilst we can offer a very competitive salary to candidates who wish to join us as employees, we are particularly keen to receive applications from candidates who are interested in working for us as self-employed consultants.

If you are interested in the role, please send CV and covering email to Michael Butler at Please also email Michael if you would like to discuss things further before deciding whether to apply.

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