Solicitor (Public Law, Newcastle)
Due to the continued growth and expansion within our Public Law Department we are currently recruiting for an experienced qualified Solicitor to work in a specialist practice of community care judicial review and Court of Protection welfare and serious medical treatment cases.
IM and Public Law Department
IM’s Public Law Department is a leader in its field and offers really exciting opportunities to work alongside talented lawyers on high profile, cutting-edge cases – with a number of cases progressing up to the senior courts and Supreme Court. Our current specialisms cover disputes in the health and welfare arena, civil liberties, education, regulatory/commercial judicial review and planning/environmental/local government fields. We have forged a reputation for work on complex, sensitive cases, policy challenges 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. We have a number of clients of the firm serviced across our multidisciplinary practice. We are ranked a Tier 1 firm in the legal directories for our Court of Protection practice and a number of our lawyers are ranked as leading individuals in the directories.
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.
Today we employ over 2200 people in 10 UK city centre offices. Our Newcastle office has a strong reputation in the region.
We are looking for a solicitor to focus on community care judicial review and Court of Protection welfare and serious medical treatment cases. Casework in this area includes judicial reviews, court of protection disputes and deprivation of liberty 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 and undertaking business development are encouraged to apply. Candidates who undertake their own advocacy or wish to develop the skills to do so are encouraged to apply.
We are a growing business and would be interested to hear from senior individuals, or groups of practitioners, who are looking for new challenges in any of the public law fields.
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 will be essential.
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 in these highly rewarding roles. 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.
We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including pension, critical illness cover, health cash plan and death in service benefit.
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 N030915/SOL to Jonathan Brett, Lead Resourcing Consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Please note that we are not accepting agency CVs for this position.
Irwin Mitchell is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
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