Job Advert: John Fowlers Solicitors

Experienced Mental Health Panel Member required to join our busy and thriving Mental Health department.

Salary negotiable dependent on experience.

Please send CV and covering letter to:

Karen Morovic
HR Partner
John Fowlers Solicitors
Town Hall Chambers
St Runwald Street
Colchester CO1 1DS

or e-mail


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Job Advert: Watson Woodhouse Solicitors

A Leading North-East law firm are seeking a Solicitor/ Legal Executive or Paralegal to join their growing Mental Health department. Ideally a Panel Member who is client focused and technically competent with a track record of delivering excellent client service.

The successful lawyer will be working on a diverse and complex caseload in Mental Health. The lawyer will be preparing and taking client instructions, dealing with correspondence, compliance with file management, representing client’s at hearings among other duties while working with other experienced lawyers.

This is a great role for somebody wanting to further their career by joining a well-respected firm committed to developing their people.

Please send CV to


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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 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.

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, including Court of Protection work.

Membership of the Mental Health panel preferred but not essential.

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

Salary negotiable depending on experience.

Inclusion to firm’s Health and Wellbeing Scheme and Pension.

Please email your CV with a covering letter to


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Job Advert: RMNJ Solicitors

RMNJ Solicitors are looking to recruit an experienced mental health lawyer. We are looking for a Solicitor with:

  • Accredited Law Society MH Tribunal Panel membership
  • Experience in Tribunal advocacy
  • Experience of MCA and COP work helpful but not essential
  • Knowledge of the workings of LAA contracts in MH
  • A full driving licence
  • Experience in Community care work helpful but 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: Campbell-Taylor Solicitors

Campbell-Taylor Solicitors London N16

We are looking for a panel member (qualified person preferred) with experience of at least some of the following:

1. Satellite mental health litigation (e.g. tortuous and HRA claims)
2. Public law work
3. Court of Protection work
4. Community care work

Experience of other social welfare and/or private client work would be an advantage.

The job might, for instance, suit someone who would like to do fewer tribunals and diversify into other related areas of mainly (but not exclusively) contentious work. The firm can be very accommodating in respect of working arrangements and contract terms. Target start date June 2017.

To apply or for further information (including a job description) please email or telephone Rod for confidential chat on 020 7923 9583.

Closing date: Friday 28 April 2017.


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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.

For a full job description visit:

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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