Job Advert: Robert Lizar Solicitors

Full time Mental Health Solicitor

Our recent recruit has had to leave because of a family illness. We are sorry to lose her but it does provide an opportunity for someone else to come in. Are you that person?

We are looking for a full time mental health solicitor to work from our offices in Manchester. The firm was established in 1978 and has an excellent reputation in the areas of criminal defence, mental and civil liberties.

The role will involve managing a busy and varied 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 is essential.

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: Stokoe Nujeerallee Solicitors

Stokoe Nujeerallee Solicitors is looking for a fee earner to join their busy mental health and prison law department in Kingston upon Thames.

The vacancy is an exciting opportunity for candidates with an interest in both mental health law and prison law.

The ability to drive is essential. Experience in either or both areas is useful, but not essential.

Please send CVs to for the attention of Rasheed Nujeerallee.

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Job Advert: Anthony Collins Solicitors

Locum Court of Protection Health and Welfare Practitioner – Based in Birmingham

Are you a Court of Protection Health and Welfare expert available to a provide flexible part time temporary maternity cover? Underpinned by the ethos of Anthony Collins Solicitors, we have a holistic Court of Protection offering and a commitment to growing the team in this area to support some of our most vulnerable clients.

Our Court of Protection work is recognised nationally and to enable us to continue with our notable achievements in this area, we are looking to recruit a locum professional to manage an existing case load and to work with the Official Solicitor, individuals and /or their families (as well as ideally bring in new work of your own).

You will need experience in preparation of cases and representation in the Court of Protection health and welfare jurisdiction. (Experience of public funding issues is desirable but not essential.)

With excellent client care at the heart of all that we do, this is a great opportunity to gain experience within a firm that can offer you a rewarding client base.

For further information or to apply please contact Catherine Edwards at

Anthony Collins Solicitors is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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Job Advert: Steel & Shamash Solicitors

Steel&ShamashBannersParalegal Required

Steel & Shamash is a well-established friendly professional firm only two minutes from Waterloo Station. Our firm has served the residents and business community in the Waterloo area since 1981. An expanding practice, we have 6 Partners, and over 20 fee earners, offering a wide range of legal services. We represent a diverse range of clients and many of our referrals come from existing clients, and other professionals. We provide our clients with a service that is both professional and personal. We take pride in having an excellent reputation for providing the highest quality legal advice. We are recommended in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories across a number of departments.

We are seeking a Paralegal to provide support within the Children and Court of Protection departments. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing first class administrative support to the teams, including drafting documents/forms, dealing directly with clients and general correspondence. The candidate will be highly motivated and professional and able to work independently so as to instill confidence among teams of highly experienced solicitors doing complex and sensitive work.

A good academic background with the LPC is essential. Previous experience in Legal Aid work is an advantage. 12 month fixed term contract with a view to an offer of a training contract.

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Closing Date for Applications: 15 June 2016

Please apply to our Practice Manager, Ms Pamela Pillay-Sylvester for a Recruitment Pack –

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Job Advert: TV Edwards Solicitors LLP



TV Edwards LLP is a growing and dynamic firm who currently have an opening within their Mental Health Team for a full time experienced mental health practitioner. Mental Health Panel membership is essential.

TV Edwards has a large mental health contract and the successful applicant will need experience in all aspects of running a mental health caseload to include conducting their own advocacy at tribunals, giving advice on people’s rights under the MHA. Experience in Court of Protection work will be an advantage as there is scope to expand this and other areas of work. Our team works closely together and supports each other’s work and so the right applicant must be a team player.

Applicants are required to have good organisational and administrative qualities together with excellent communication, interpersonal and IT skills. Hours – 9.30 – 5.30 Mon – Fri.

TV Edwards is Lexcel accredited.

Salary competitive. 23 days annual leave.

An application pack, application form and equality monitoring form can be downloaded from the website at

The closing date for applications is the 10th June 2016

Completed applications together with equality monitoring data must be sent by email to:

TV Edwards is an equal opportunities employer

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Job Advert: Mackintosh Law

Specialists in Mental Capacity and Community Care Law

We are a dynamic energetic legal aid practice with a national reputation located near London Bridge advising and representing disabled people in the Court of Protection and in health and social care public law challenges. We have contracts with the LAA in community care and public law and are Lexcel accredited.

Our clients are some of the most vulnerable in society, and need the assistance, support and protection of top quality lawyers. You can make a real difference utilising your legal skills within a small, friendly and highly driven firm.

We are seeking two solicitors to join our committed team to work alongside Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) undertaking complex and strategic casework.

One will be an experienced solicitor capable of meeting the LAA’s supervisor standards and with a proven track record of conducting relevant litigation to an excellent standard.

We are also looking for a solicitor who may not have experience in our niche areas but who has transferable skills, wants a challenge and would like to take their career in a different and exciting direction. We will provide the support to make that happen.

Salary: competitive, according to experience

For an application pack please email or write to Mark Slade, 103 Borough High Street, London SE1 1NL

Closing date: 17 June 2016

Mackintosh Law is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.
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Job Advert: Switalskis Solicitors, York

Solicitor / Legal Executive (Court of Protection, York)

Switalskis have a new vacancy for a Solicitor/Legal Executive within our Court of Protection Department at our flagship York Office. The successful candidate will work alongside Susan McKendry, Director and her team in Court Protection cases concerning patients who lack capacity to make decisions about their care, residence, contact, medical treatment, consent to sexual relations and deprivation of liberty.

The Court of Protection department as a whole specialises in both the health and social care aspects of Court of Protection as well as the financial aspects. The team deals with a wide range of matters, including serious medical treatment, Court of Protection applications, deprivation of liberty challenges and community care issues.

Further details on the team here at Switalskis can be found on our website at the following link:

Switalskis is proud to offer competitive salaries alongside a generous benefits package which includes BUPA cash plan membership, Life Insurance, Critical Illness cover and Income Protection. Switalskis also offers the opportunity to join the company pension scheme and childcare voucher scheme.

To apply send your CV and a covering letter by post to:
Ms M Paga
HR Manager
Switalskis Solicitors
24-28 Queen Street

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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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