Job Advert: Irwin Mitchell

Solicitor / Legal Executive (Community Care / Court of Protection, Bristol)

We currently have a vacancy for a Solicitor/Legal Executive with from NQ to 2 years PQE within our Public Law Department in our Bristol office. The post holder will specialise and primarily work as part of a team on Community Care and Court of Protection (Health and Welfare) cases. Applications from solicitors over 2 years PQE and / or those specialisms in other areas of Public Law such as healthcare and education will also be considered.

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 Department is a leader in its fields and offers really exciting opportunities to work in a successful team. There will be opportunities to work with other specialist lawyers in the team, to develop and work on complex, high profile and cutting-edge cases. Our current specialisms cover advisory work and litigation in the areas of judicial review, civil liberties, including actions against the police and inquest law, community care and healthcare, Court of Protection and education. 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 genuine national reach.

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

The Attributes we are looking for

This is a superb opportunity to develop your skills within a highly established and innovative department and to work alongside leading solicitors and experts on a stimulating mix of high quality cases. We are looking for a qualified Solicitor / Legal Executive who has genuine experience in Community Care and / or Court of Protection (health and welfare) work .

It is essential that you possess excellent client service skills and you must be able to empathise with a wide range of clients. Of particular importance will be organisational and communication skills. The successful candidate will be committed to team work, and crucially have a proven track record in business development and networking to help in developing and building a successful Public Law Team at the top of the market.

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 this highly rewarding role.

The Benefits

In addition to your competitive basic salary the firm has 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.

How to Apply

To apply for this position please send us a copy of your CV and covering letter along with your salary expectations and quoting the reference number BR120516/SOLX to Jonathan Brett, Lead Resourcing Consultant at Please state the vacancy reference number in the subject title of the e-mail.

Our preferred method for receipt of CVs is via e-mail, however if you are unable to apply using this method, please contact Jonathan Brett on 0161 838 3097 or 07834754836.

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

Irwin Mitchell is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Job Advert: Albin & Co Solicitors

Albin & Co Solicitors are now recruiting for two dedicated Mental Health practitioners.

The role will involve managing a varied caseload dealing with all aspects of advice under the Mental Health Act 1983. Experience in Court of Protection work is advantageous but not essential.

If you are not yet qualified but have Panel Accreditation, consideration will be given to training contracts.

If you are qualified, then experience in supervision will also be an advantage.

Applicants must demonstrate considerable experience in mental health law.

Key responsibilities:
• Advising clients on Mental Health Law
• Attending clients, taking instructions, preparing cases, appeals
• Own advocacy
• Maintaining accurate time costing procedures
• Ensuring compliance with file management

Key skills:
• Mental Health Panel Accreditation
• Strong academic record
• Excelled client care and communication skills
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook and electronic case management systems
• Passion, enthusiasm and commitment to a growing Legal Aid company

The company’s head office is in Reading, with the opportunity to work in Braintree and Swindon also.

Salary dependent upon experience.

Please send CV and cover letter to Mr Chris Albin, Managing Director.

Closing date: 12/05/2016

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Job Advert: Donovan Newton Solicitors

We are a small Nottingham-based practice consisting of two Partners and one Assistant Solicitor, specialising in Mental Health, Mental Capacity, and all related work. The majority of our work is publicly funded. We are looking to recruit another fee earner to cover our Midlands and East contract area. The successful applicant will be either a qualified solicitor or experienced paralegal, undertaking all types of work in Mental Health Tribunals and Court of Protection and will also be a full driving licence holder. There will be opportunities for flexible working, including working remotely. Salary will be commensurate with qualification and experience, and the vacancy offers good prospects for advancement in what is currently a very busy and thriving practice.

Please provide CV to Simon Newton at

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Job Advert: Cygnet Law


This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and committed Solicitor to join our busy Mental Health and Community care department.

We are a well-established multi-disciplinary practice both in private and legal aid matters based in Redcar, Cleveland.

The successful candidate will become part of an established team and manage a busy and challenging caseload. Specifically relating to:-

– Mental Health Tribunals (and associated Mental Health work)
– Court of Protection matters (financial and welfare related)
– General community care queries

This will be a demanding and hands-on role and experience and willingness to undertake advocacy will be essential.

You must be a qualified Solicitor with at least 12 months solid experience in some or all of the above areas. Preferably you will be an accredited panel member. We require all staff to have excellent technical and client care skills. The successful candidate must be able to work both in a team and independently. We are seeking an organised, flexible professional with excellent interpersonal skills.

Our Mental Health and Community Care department is continually growing and provides an opportunity for a candidate who enjoys a high level of client contact and a diverse caseload.

Please provide your CV with a covering letter to
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Job Advert: David Ake and Co

David Ake and Co, Leeds – Mental Health Panel Member

A well established city centre practice specialising in criminal and mental health law wish to recruit an Accredited Panel Member due to growth (LAA supervisor status not essential).

Full time or part time considered.

All Fee earners have access to full administrative support and up to date technology.

Full driving licence and access to car essential.

Must be able to manage own caseload with limited supervision.

Salary subject to experience.

Applicants should email their CV for the attention of Theresa Clark to
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Job Advert: Jefferies Essex LLP Solicitors

Jefferies Essex LLP Solicitors, Southend-on-Sea – mental health panel member

A well-established multi disciplinary practice both in private and legal aid work with a busy Mental Health Department wish to recruit an Accredited Panel Member with or without LAA Supervisor status due to growth. All applicants must be able and committed to working in Essex and neighbouring areas, able to manage their own case load and work as a team. It is a great opportunity if you want to continue to develop your legal skills and experience in Mental health law but also potentially in Mental Capacity Act and CoP work.

Salary according to experience.

CVs to Glen Bartlett at

Closing date 17th February 2016

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Job Advert: Lawana & Co Solicitors

Small central London based practice seeks to recruit an accredited case worker and an accredited mental health solicitor.

We are a dynamic and forward thinking practice with a flexible approach to working. Our fee earners are fully supported with administrative support and up to date technology. There is a real opportunity to build a fulfilling and well paid career within our practice for the right candidate.

Remuneration offered is highly competitive and decided on income generated and client following.

All interested candidates should apply by email to

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Job Advert: Swain & Co Solicitors

Swain & Co Solicitors

Expanding South Coast practice seeks motivated and dynamic mental health lawyer to join its established team. It is essential that the applicant is a member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel with experience of working with minimal supervision. Proven track record of client retention and fee earning is also essential. This role provides the opportunity to undertake good quality work within a supportive and forward thinking team environment. Salary according to experience. Applications via agents will NOT be considered.

Applications by CV submission to:

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Job Advert: Campbell Law Solicitors

Mental Health Tribunal caseworker sought

Campbell Law Solicitors is a well-established and well regarded niche firm located in pleasant offices in the busy market town of Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes.

We specialise in mental health, mental capacity and community care law and specifically we advise, assist and represent clients for:

– Mental Health Tribunals (and associated mental health law work);
– Court of Protection matters (financial, welfare and health-related); and,
– NHS Continuing Healthcare appeals.

Our work is funded privately and via legal aid. We have contracts in mental health and community care with the LAA.

We are looking to recruit a caseworker with experience of Mental Health Tribunal work.

Ideally this person will already be an accredited panel member who can represent clients at Mental Health Tribunal hearings immediately.

We will also consider good applicants who are not yet accredited but who have relevant experience and a commitment to this area of work.

Applications can be from qualified or non-qualified persons. Experience, intelligence, personal qualities and a commitment to best representing detained patients is of more importance than a qualification as a lawyer.

Other relevant experience will also be taken into account but this post is specifically advertised to replace a departing accredited colleague who is leaving to undertake the bar training course.

Given the geographical reach of our work an essential requirement is a current valid (preferably clean) driving licence, access to a car for work purposes and a willingness to travel to the various hospitals and courts that we cover.

Applicants who wish to consider taking up a training contract with this firm are invited to apply. We have successfully taken on trainee solicitors in the past who have worked full-time with us whilst completing a part-time LPC.

The closing date for applications is 31st January 2016.

Ideally the successful candidate will able to start work as close to 1st March 2016 as possible.

Salary will be dependant upon experience. 24 days annual holiday is given alongside bank holidays and paid leave between Christmas and new year.

Please apply to:

Jade Cassidy (Practice Manager)
Campbell Law Solicitors
73 High Street
Newport Pagnell, Bucks
MK16 8AB

Applications can be submitted by post or email although email is preferred.


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Job Advert: Otten Penna Solicitors

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 fee earner who has experience in this area of law to provide specialist advice, assistance and representation in relation to all aspects of Mental Health including assisting clients in disputed cases arising in Court of Protection.

You will be joining an experienced, forward thinking and friendly team with a supportive working environment with excellent career opportunities.

Ideally you will have experience in a broad range of public funded Mental Health Law. Membership of the Mental Health panel preferred, welfare COP experience would also be desirable.

Please email your CV with a covering letter to

Ideally we are seeking a full-time fee earner but part time may be considered.



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