Job Advert: Mackintosh Law Solicitors


PARALEGAL VACANCY – COURT OF PROTECTION (WELFARE)

The vacancy
Mackintosh Law seeks a paralegal to join our well established and friendly Court of Protection welfare team at our busy practice at London Bridge. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of developing caselaw for disabled people who need assistance in making decisions about key aspects of their lives.

The firm
We are a specialist law firm providing expert legal advice and representation to disabled clients in the niche areas of mental capacity, community care, and health care law.

Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) is the owner and sole principal of Mackintosh Law. She is supported by a highly trained team of solicitors and paralegals.

The firm’s work seeks to raise the profile of the legal rights of people with learning disabilities, people in mental distress and clients with physical disabilities. The firm holds a contract to undertake legal aid work and is a staunch campaigner for access to justice issues for disabled people.

What we do

Mental Capacity (Court of Protection) – Every person has the right to make decisions about their own lives, however if a person does not have the mental capacity to make a particular decision then we represent them in the Court of Protection where the court may need to make a decision in their best interests under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. We also advise vulnerable clients about their rights to services and possible challenges to unlawful decisions made by public bodies such as local authorities and health organisations.

We have taken some of the leading test cases in our field and have a national reputation for quality advice and representation.

Our website provides further examples of the types of cases where we can advise:
http://www.macklaw.co.uk/our-services/

The post
The post will involve assisting fee earners in progressing cases and effective case management under close supervision, including (but not exclusively):

• meeting with and advising vulnerable clients in the office, hospital, care home
or elsewhere
• attending Court when required
• preparing instructions to counsel
• arranging and attending conferences with counsel
• reading evidence, records and undertaking research
• drafting documents for Court

The applicant
We are ideally looking for a law graduate, who may or may not have commenced or completed the LPC or equivalent, preferably with practical experience and a genuine interest in Mental Capacity work and the Court of Protection.

Experience of working in a legal environment and on legally aided cases would be an advantage but is not essential.

The successful candidate will need to thrive in a busy environment, have excellent communication skills, numeracy and IT skills, and a willingness and ability to learn quickly and to accept responsibility. Enthusiasm, commitment, drive and the ability to work well in a team is vital.

In turn we will provide support and training in a specialist legal environment to develop excellent legal skills and help vulnerable clients enforce their rights.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop within a thriving firm who will provide an interesting and varied workload. We pride ourselves on our leading reputation and have a strong commitment to client care and the future growth and development of the firm.

Start date
As soon as possible

Salary
Highly competitive and in line with London Living wage

All applications must be made via our application pack.

Please email your request for a pack and a copy of your CV to info@macklaw.co.uk

Or write to:

Mark Slade
Office Manager
Mackintosh Law
103 Borough High Street
London SE1 1NL

CLOSING DATE for applications via the pack: 24 January 2018.

Please note that we are not accepting agency CVs for this position.

Mackintosh Law is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

 

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Job Advert: Creighton and Partners Solicitors

Mental Health Solicitor – Central London

An opportunity has arisen for a Mental Health Solicitor in our Central London Office. The candidate must hold current membership of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

Creighton and Partners is a niche central London firm specialising in family, care and mental health law.

The successful candidate will be expected to hold a caseload of mental health matters, which will involve representing clients before the First-Tier Tribunal (Mental Health), at Hospital Managers Hearings, CPA meetings and s117 meetings. The candidate will work with clients both within hospitals and in the community within London, and on occasions outside of the local area.

This is a good opportunity for a newly qualified mental health solicitor to join an expanding, friendly team and to work with the support and supervision of an experienced practitioner.

This position is a full time, permanent position with an immediate start.

Salary will be dependent on experience.

Please send your CV and covering letter to Dawn Wilson at dawn.wilson@creighton.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 20.01.18

26-28 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4HE

 

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Job Advert: Irwin Mitchell

Solicitor, NQ-3 years (Public Law & Human Rights, Sheffield)

We are currently looking for a solicitor to work within our Public Law & Human Rights department in our Sheffield office.

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.

Public Law & Human Rights

IM’s Public Law and Human Rights Department is a leader in its fields and offers really exciting opportunities to work in a successful team. There will be opportunities to assist solicitors, to develop and work on high profile, cutting-edge cases with some cases progressing up to the appellate courts including the Supreme Court. Our current specialisms cover advisory work and litigation disputes in the areas of judicial review, community care, health welfare cases in the Court of Protection, civil liberties, actions against the police, education and professional discipline fields. 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 national reach.

We hold Legal Aid Agency contracts in public law and community care law 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.

We have Public Law and Human Rights teams in Cambridge, Birmingham, Bristol, London, and Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Southampton and Sheffield and an enviable reputation as leaders in the field.

The Role

  • Varied responsibilities, including taking instructions from and advising clients, undertaking legal research, preparing pleadings, witness statements, applications and bundles, liaising with experts, attending conferences with Counsel, clients and experts, obtaining evidence to support clients’ cases, and prosecuting cases through to settlement meeting or trial, if necessary.
  • Achieving own time-recording and fee income targets. Attaining required Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours to comply with Law Society Regulations, where appropriate.
  • Managing a challenging case-load with full conduct of clients’ matters from inception to completion.
  • Assisting more senior fee earners on all aspects of high value and complex cross-jurisdictional cases.
  • Keeping up to date with changes in relevant law and practice and attending training events to ensure application of up to date legal knowledge and best practice.
  • Contributing to relevant practice development initiatives and events to promote and develop the firm’s practice.

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed applicants, who can demonstrate that they will thrive on working in a busy environment.

Candidates will need to have excellent client care and communication skills, as the role will involve assisting with client communication and liaising with other professionals. The successful candidate will need to show that they can cope well under pressure and maintain excellent time management skills, with the ability to multi-task and keep to tight deadlines.

The Benefits

In addition to a 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 role is S271117/SOL

Apply directly to Ian Miles at Ian.Miles@IrwinMitchell.com. Feel free to contact Ian Miles 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: GT Stewart

GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates
Mental Health Solicitor – Leeds

We are recruiting a solicitor for our mental health team. Candidates must hold current membership of the Law Society’s Mental Health Accreditation Scheme.

GT Stewart Solicitors and Advocates is a Legal 500 and Chambers UK recommended firm.

The successful candidate will be expected to run a caseload of mental health matters, which will include representing clients before the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health), at Hospital Managers hearings and at CPA meetings. They will be expected to work with clients in general psychiatric wards as well as secure hospitals and with clients in the community. They will be based in our Leeds office. The role will involve travel outside of the office to visit clients.

It is essential that the successful candidate has an excellent academic background and solid experience of working with clients with mental health difficulties.

It is desirable for candidates to have experience in cases before the Upper-tier Tribunal and unlawful detention cases involving mental health clients. Experience in representing clients before the Court of Protection is also advantageous.

This position is permanent and on a full time basis with an immediate start.

Salary and benefits will be dependant on experience or potential of the candidate. Please send your CV and covering letter to:

a.butler@gtstewart.co.uk

 

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Job Advert: McKeag and Co

We are a North-east High Street Firm with various legal aid contracts, seeking to employ an external supervisor to assist in our Mental Health Department for the foreseeable future.

As a result of our Supervisor leaving our firm we are unable to utilize the legal aid contract.

We are undertaking a small amount of work in the department at present and require an external supervisor as a matter of urgency.

A contract will be entered into with the solicitor and remuneration paid on a month to month basis.

The LAA are aware of the situation and support our continuing to provide legal assistance under the contract.

All interested parties please contact: Denise Jackman, Solicitor, McKeag and Co DX60353 Gosforth

Or by post to: McKeag and Co Solicitors, 1/3 Lansdowne Terrace, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1HN.

Tel: 07980 274163

Email: Denise.jackman@mckeagandco.com

 

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Job Advert: Otten Penna Solicitors

OTTEN PENNA SOLICITORS South Manchester

Accredited Mental Health Panel Member (P/T or F/T)

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. Part time or full time position available.

You will have experience in:
– A broad range of public funded Mental Health Law
– An understanding and ability to work within the LAA contract
– Be an accredited Panel Member (or awaiting interview)
– Possess a full driving licence.

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

Salary negotiable depending on experience.

Inclusion to the firms Health and Wellbeing Scheme and Pension.

Please email your CV with a covering letter to:

caz.shaw@ottenpenna.co.uk

Job Advert: Taylor Haldane Barlex


Mental Health Solicitor – Norwich office

Due to continued expansion, we have an opportunity for a Solicitor / Accredited Member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel with more than 3 years PQE to join our busy Mental Health Team.

The successful candidate will:

1. Be an Accredited Member of the Law Society Mental Health Panel
2. Have more than 3 years PQE (exceptional applicants with less experience may be considered)
3. Have an own client following
4. Have experience in appearing before the Mental Health Tribunal
5. Have experience with Judicial Review and appeals to the Upper Tribunal
6. Possess a full driving license
7. Have an understanding and ability to work within the Legal Aid contract
8. Be able to work unsupervised and to provide training and support when required

This positon will be based in our Norwich office but the candidate will be expected to cover appointments and hearings within the East Anglian region.

Ability to assist in another area of law such as Crime or Family will be an advantage.

Salary dependent on qualifications and experience. We would be willing to discuss consultancy posts. Interviews will be at our office in Chelmsford.

Please send CV to Lesley Turner, Head of Mental Health Department via email: lturner@thblegal.com by the 31st December 2017.
 

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Job Advert: Steel & Shamash


Court of Protection Solicitor
We are looking for a self-motivated and experienced solicitor to join our established and successful Mental Capacity Department.

We have a reputation for achieving excellent results for our clients.

The Department has current rankings in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 and receives instructions from family members, RPRs and the Official Solicitor. We have involvement in high profile cases and we are in the vanguard in this developing area of law. We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality legal advice and representation.

The successful candidate will have;

  • at least 3 years’ PQE, although exceptional applicants with less experience will be considered;
  • experience of acting for both family members and the subjects of Court of Protection welfare proceedings;
  • an in-depth and applied knowledge of Mental Capacity law;
  • a proven ability to deliver practical results for clients within proceedings;
    the ability to work with vulnerable people;
  • experience of working within legal aid contracts.

Candidates should also have reached the Legal Aid Agency’s supervisor status for Mental Health or Community Care law. Experience or an interest in Community Care is an advantage.

Please contact the Practice Manager at:

c.bekoe-tabiri@steelandshamash.co.uk

for a recruitment pack.

 

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Job Advert: Abbotstone Law

Abbotstone Law is recruiting for the following:

SOLICITOR – COURT OF PROTECTION (HEALTH AND WELFARE AND DOLS) DEPARTMENT VACANCY
An opportunity for an experienced Court of Protection solicitor, with a focus on health and welfare to join our in-house Court of Protection department. The firm has a built a solid reputation in health and welfare work and is looking for the right candidate to join our expanding South London team. Meaningful career development opportunities await the successful candidate who will have:

a. a minimum of 3 years post qualification experience
b. the ability to work unsupervised, and to provide training and support to other members of the team
c. experience of DOLS applications, and Court of Protection applications (health and welfare jurisdiction)
d. experience of Mental Health and Community Care work preferable
e. knowledge of the LAA contract and experience of dealing with matters under Legal Aid.

SOLICITOR – MENTAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT VACANCY
We are looking for a dynamic Mental Health Panel Member with a following in the London & South East to join our inhouse team in Dulwich.

The successful candidate will be a Panel Member who meets the LAA’s supervisory standard and who will have significant experience in Tribunal representation and Judicial Review claims and works well within a team.

We pride ourselves on our reputation in Mental Health law and all our employees enjoy excellent supervision and ongoing professional development training.

PARALEGAL
We are seeking to recruit paralegals to join our team in Dulwich supporting our solicitors. Previous experience of working within a Mental Health and/or Mental Capacity department is preferred but not essential as suitable training can be given.

This post provides an exciting opportunity to develop interesting and varied practice experience with close supervision.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity
Abbotstone Law is proud of its commitment to diversity and anti-discrimination. The firm is committed to employing candidates from all sections of the community and welcome applications from candidates who wish to work flexibly.

Applications
Full time and part time applicants will be considered.  Interviews will be held at our offices.

Salaries will be commensurate with qualifications and experience and the vacancies offer good prospects for advancement in what is currently a very busy and thriving practice.

If you are interested in applying, applications should be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 10th  November 2017, by email with c.v. attached to katel@abbotstonelaw.com

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Job Advert: O’Donnells Solicitors

VACANCIES WITH O’DONNELLS SOLICITORS, PRESTON, FOR TWO QUALIFIED SOLICITORS

Tribunal Team Vacancy

Following the retirement of a partner, an opportunity has arisen for a qualified solicitor and MH Panel member to play a key role in our mental health tribunal team.

The successful candidate will understand the importance of providing a supportive and understanding experience for our clients, and of being part of a team, will be an accredited member of the Law Society Mental Health panel and have:-

a) a full driving licence and access to a vehicle, and
b) the ability to work unsupervised, and to provide training and support to other members of the team, and
c) experience of dealing with matters under Legal Aid, and
d) advocacy skills and experience.

Our office is in Preston, but we cover appointments and representation at tribunals throughout the North of England.

Salary dependant on qualifications and experience of the candidate.

Court of Protection Team Vacancy

Due to continued expansion, we have an opportunity for a full time qualified solicitor, to join our busy Court of Protection team. The successful candidate will understand the importance of providing a supportive and understanding experience for our clients, and of being part of a team, and will have:-

a) a full driving licence and access to a vehicle, and
b) the ability to work unsupervised, and to provide training and support to other members of the team, and
c) experience of DOLS applications, and Court of Protection applications (both financial and welfare issues),
d) experience of dealing with matters under Legal Aid.

Our office is in Preston, but we attend appointments and court hearings throughout the North of England.

Salary dependant on qualifications and experience of the candidate.

Applications

Interviews will be at our office in Preston.
Applications should be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 29th September 2017, by email with c.v. attached.
Please address your email to our Managing Partner, Jane Gale, confirming which position you are applying for, using the following email address:-
jane.gale@odonnells-solicitors.co.uk

 
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