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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