Job Advert: Ben Hoare Bell

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

This post is predominantly for a Solicitor specialising in Community Care work. Experience of Court of Protection work is desirable. The ideal candidate will also be a qualified Supervisor for Legal Aid Contract purposes. However we will also consider non-qualified applicants with the relevant experience as well as Solicitors who do not yet have Supervisor status.

The Community Care department works closely with the Mental Health department and there is the potential for a cross-over with the Mental Health department if the successful applicant is suitably accredited.

Salary commensurate with experience.

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

The deadline is 5pm on Friday 5th May 2017.

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Job Advert: Irwin Mitchell

Solicitor (Public Law and Human Rights, London)

We are currently looking for a 1-4 year PQE Solicitor/ILEX with a particular interest/expertise in Court of Protection health and welfare cases and social care judicial review cases to work within our Public Law and Human Rights Department based at our London office.

IM and Public Law Department

IM’s Public Law and Human Rights Department is a leader in its field and offers really exciting opportunities to work alongside talented lawyers on high profile, cutting-edge cases – with some cases progressing up to the Supreme Court and the European courts. Our current specialisms cover disputes in the health and welfare arena, civil liberties, education, commercial judicial review and planning/environmental/local government fields. We have forged a reputation for work on complex, sensitive cases and test cases. Our work regularly receives considerable media attention and we have a national reach.

We hold Legal Aid Agency contracts in public law, actions against the police/crime and community care. We 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 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.

Today we employ over 2800 people in 17 UK city centre offices.

The Role

We are looking for a 1-4 year PQE solicitor/ILEX to focus on health and social care judicial review and Court of Protection welfare and serious medical treatment cases. You will have the opportunity to work in a supportive team and alongside experienced and respected practitioners. We are the national leaders in Public Law services and have worked on a significant number of leading reported cases. We are regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor and national charities. Our lawyers have the opportunity to develop case law, raise our legal profile and give legal information talks.

Candidates with experience of and a reputation for generating regular referrals of cases in this field are encouraged to apply.

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 solicitor should have excellent 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. The position would suit motivated individuals with intelligence, ambition, lateral thinking skills, sound judgment and confident business development skills.

The solicitor will work in a team under the supervision of a partner but, depending on experience, will be expected to take responsibility for handling a full caseload. Experience of supervising other team members work will be an advantage, but not essential. Experience of working with various funding models including legal aid is also desirable.

If you thrive on being busy and can adapt well to new challenges, then we will give you all the training and support you’ll need to help you succeed. You must be IT literate and attentive to detail, with proven expertise in client care. If you’re a self-motivated solicitor looking for an important role then we’d like to hear from you

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

The reference code for this vacancy is Z110317/SOL

Feel free to contact Clare Fatkin, Recruitment Officer on 0161 838 3193 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: Guile Nicholas

GN Law, Mental Health Department

Mental Health Panel Member

We are looking for enthusiastic Mental Health Panel Members with a following in the London & South East and Midlands & East regions to join our teams in Finchley, North London and Tring, Hertfordshire.

Successful candidates will be panel members who have significant experience in Tribunal representation and work well within a team.

While we employ almost all of our panel members in-house, we do have consultants and are open to discussing consultancy arrangements.

We pride ourselves on our reputation in Mental Health Law. All our employees enjoy excellent supervision and training. We are Lexcel accredited, and have contracts with the LAA in community care and mental health. We have been rated Category 1 (Excellence) for Mental Health in our most recent peer review.

Salary: Negotiable depending on experience and qualification. Our qualified staff also benefit from inclusion in our contributory pension scheme and from free private health care with Vitality.

Application by CV and covering letter to Andrew Guile at Please confirm in your application where you have seen this advertisement.

Closing date for applications: 1 April 2017

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Job Advert: Robert Lizar Solicitors

Full-time mental health solicitor

Robert Lizar Solicitors are looking to recruit a full-time mental health solicitor to work from our offices in Manchester.

The firm was established in 1978 and we have an excellent reputation in the areas of criminal defence, mental health and civil liberties. We are a friendly and welcoming team and we think that the new solicitor will find working here both enjoyable and rewarding.

The role will involve managing a varied and interesting caseload. The successful applicant will be able to advise and assist clients in all aspects of mental health and mental capacity law and have experience in representing both restricted and unrestricted patients at Mental Health Tribunals.

Panel membership under the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme will be essential but we will consider an applicant who is actively seeking membership.

The salary is negotiable depending on experience.

Please send a covering letter and CV to

We value diversity and are committed to equal opportunities.


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Job Advert: Clifford Johnston & Co


We are looking for a solicitor or panel member to join our Mental Health Team.

We are a Lexcel accredited firm based in South Manchester and Stockport and are looking for a solicitor or accredited panel member. Our ideal candidate will be able to run their own case load under minimum supervision. The role will primarily involve representing those detained under MHA and appearing at tribunal and managers hearings.

Salary is dependent on experience.

Application by CV and covering letter to Mr. Christopher Furbey at or by post to:

Mr. Christopher Furbey
Clifford Johnston & Co
107 Heaton Moor Road
Heaton Moor

Closing date for applications: 17 March 2017


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Job Advert: ABR Solicitors

Exciting Opportunity

ABR Solicitors seek two Mental Health Panel Members to join our team of lawyers in our Mental Health Department.

We are seeking forward thinking individuals who wish to develop themselves and the firm.

We are a niche criminal and mental health firm with an established mental health legal aid contract.

We have offices in Liverpool, Leeds, Harrogate, York and Sheffield. We operate across the North of England and are looking for candidates within that area.

Salary is negotiable subject to the experience of the applicant.

We are a friendly, dynamic and flexible firm.

We provide an opportunity for training and qualification in aspects of criminal law in addition to mental health work.

Please send a CV to


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Job Advert: RMNJ Solicitors

RMNJ Solicitors are looking to recruit an experienced mental health fee earner to join their busy MH department. We are looking for a Solicitor with:

– Accredited Law Society MH Tribunal Panel membership
– Experience in Tribunal advocacy
– Experience of MCA and COP work
– Knowledge of the workings of LAA contracts in MH
– Experience of supervision and departmental management
– A full driving licence
– Experience in Community care work would be helpful but is not essential

We are based at Birkenhead on the Wirral but service clients in several LAA contractual areas including Wales. Salary will be based on experience.

Please send your application with brief CV and experience addressing your suitability with regard to the above areas for the attention of Richard Nicholas at the following email address:

RMNJ Solicitors
63 Hamilton Square,
Wirral, CH41 5JF


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Job Advert: TV Edwards LLP


TV Edwards LLP is currently recruiting for a Mental Health Panel Accredited Solicitor / Supervisor

We seek an experienced fee earner who is a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel Accreditation. You must also have LAA supervisor status and meet the legal competence requirements to be a mental health law supervisor.

You will need experience in all aspects of mental health work including representing patients detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act. You will be expected to build and maintain your own caseload.

The candidate will be an organised, hard-working team player. Full training and supervision will be provided on all work you will be expected to undertake. There will be an element of billing and general administration attached to the role. You will need strong administrative qualities together with excellent communication, interpersonal and IT skills.

Our staff are, without doubt, our best asset and we reward performance, provide flexible working practices and positively encourage every individual’s contribution as to how we deliver services. Market leaders in legal sector IT infrastructure systems and billing, we offer excellent support and training opportunities acknowledged in our Lexcel accreditation and Investors in People awards.

Hours – 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Mon – Fri. Salary Competitive. 23 days annual leave.

An application pack giving full details of the role, application form and equality monitoring form can be downloaded from the website at:

Completed applications must be sent by email to:

Closing date for applications – 24th February 2017

TV Edwards is an equal opportunities employer


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Job Advert: Steel & Shamash

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STEEL & SHAMASH, London: two positions – scroll down for full details

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

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

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

You will have a strong reputation within this legal sector and have developed strong links with relevant stakeholders in this area of law including local and regional advocacy groups. 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 lost capacity as well as clients with mental health issues.
• Support paralegals in the team with their cases.
• Have 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

Desirable Requirements:
• Legal Aid supervisor
• Mental Health Panel membership
• Experience of Deputyships, Trusts, and Statutory Wills.

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.

Position: Mental Health Lawyer
Hours: Full time and Permanent

We seek a fee earner who is already a member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel Accreditation Scheme and has Supervisor Status.

The applicant will need experience in all aspects of Mental Health work. Commitment and experience in representing patients at the Tribunal in both civil and forensic cases under the Mental Health Act is essential.
You will be expected to build and maintain a caseload. The firm is committed to Mental Health law and has a well established reputation.

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.

For either of the above positions, please send a CV and covering letter in the first instance to the Practice Manager, Catherine Bekoe-Tabiri at

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