Job Advert: Goodey Aziz

Job Overview

Goodey Aziz is a practice specialising in all areas of mental health law. We are seeking a Mental Health Solicitor to join our team in our London office. We are a modern practice therefore we offer a hybrid work model and a rewarding bonus scheme.

We are interested to hear from candidates who have experience in mental health matters, representing patients detained in Hospital under civil and forensic sections. Experience in advocacy before the First-tier tribunal is essential. The successful candidate will also have an in-depth knowledge of public funding in mental health cases and experience in managing complex cases. 

Salary negotiable and in the range of £32 000 – £38 000, this will be based on experience and PQE.

The candidate must hold a current Practicing Certificate and be a member of the Law Society Mental Health Accreditation scheme. The candidate may be a Legal Aid Supervisor or willing to work towards obtaining supervisor status.

Working hours: 9:00am to 5.00pm – Monday – Friday. 25 days annual leave.

Job type: Permanent.

Closing date: 29 February 2024.

How to apply?

If you are interested in applying, please email jg@goodeyaziz.co.uk with CV and covering letter.

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Job Advert: Care Quality Commission

Lawyer

Salary: £39,390 (National Framework) or £44,792 (London Framework – if you are London office-based or home-based and live within the boundary of the M25) – There is also an additional homeworking allowance of £553 per annum for those working from home.
Hours: Full-time, 37 hours per week
Contract: Permanent
Location: Home-based – Flexible in the United Kingdom
Closing date: Sunday 21st January 2024 11.59pm

About Us

We’re the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and we work to improve health and adult social care in England.

Through the dedication of our expert team, we monitor health and social care services to provide England with a safe and compassionate care system, recognising when services perform well as well as encouraging improvements and taking action over poorer care, where necessary.

One of our main commitments is to become a truly inclusive organisation and to role model a diverse and representative culture. To do so, we work with a variety of networks, including the Disability Equality Network, Race Equality Network and LGBT+ Equality Network.

We are now looking for a Lawyer to join us on a permanent, full-time basis.

The Benefits

  • 27 days’ annual leave, rising with service to 32.5 days, plus 8 Bank Holidays
  • NHS pension scheme, with around a 14% employer contribution
  • Free employee assistance service 24 hours a day
  • Discounts to supermarkets, high street stores, electronics and fleet cars
  • Discounted gym vouchers
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Internal reward scheme where you could win a voucher or two!
  • Equipment for homeworking

Why this could be a great role for you

If you are a qualified Solicitor, Barrister, or senior Legal Executive, this is an incredible opportunity to grow your career and provide a rewarding public service.

You’ll be supporting care across the country, making sure care providers are compliant and supporting and protecting those using care services. This will be perfect for those looking to make a difference whilst developing their legal skillset in the health and social care arena.

What’s more, you’ll be supported with an exceptional package including some valuable public sector benefits including an NHS pension scheme.

What you will bring…

To be considered as a Lawyer, you will need to be a qualified Solicitor, Barrister, or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, entitled to practice in England and Wales with either:

  • At least two years’ post-qualification experience

OR

  • Proven substantial experience providing legal advice in a health and social care regulation setting

You will also need:

  • An established history of managing caseloads, advising on legal matters and managing enforcement activity
  • The ability to present complex information in an easily understood, accessible format
  • Effective networking and relationship-building skills
  • A good working knowledge of IT systems including Microsoft Office packages (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel)


What you’ll be doing

As a Lawyer, you will provide legal advice to our Operations and Regulatory Leadership Groups.

Specifically, working across a wide range of areas, you will advise on enforcement matters, urgent applications for cancellation or suspension, policies and regulations.

Developing strong relationships across our organisation, you will support the wider Legal Services Team whilst using your expertise to shape legal solutions.

Additionally, you will:

  • Provide coaching, support and supervision to junior legal team members
  • Undertake a range of casework and policy development activities
  • Get involved with contentious work, including pre-action protocol matters
  • Identify legal issues and risk

Next steps

If you require any support or assistance with the recruitment process, please get in touch with our team or include a note in your application.

We know diverse teams allow for a more creative and productive environment and therefore encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, gender/sex, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

So, if you’d like to join us as a Lawyer, please apply via this page on our website.

Other organisations may call this role Solicitor, Barrister, Attorney, Legal Advisor, Counsel, Legal Counsel, In-House Legal Counsel, Legal Executive, or Senior Paralegal.

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Job Advert: Campbell-Taylor Solicitors

London, N4

Category 1 mental health firm looking for MH panel member/supervisor (and good all-round lawyer) for a mix of tribunal and mental capacity work.  Might suit someone who wants to move towards doing more MCA work.

Good support and training provided. Full or part-time possible. Relaxed ambience and hybrid working options. FT salary to 55K, dependent on experience.

To apply or for further information (including a job description), please email Rod at campbelltaylorrecruitment@gmail.com or telephone 020 7923 9583 for a confidential initial chat.

Closing date: 24 December 2023, but please apply ASAP.

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Job Advert: Miles & Partners

Reporting to: Head of Department and Partners
Job Title: Court of Protection Solicitor
Job Purpose: Conduct of Mental Capacity Matters
Location: London (hybrid working available)

Job Description

Court of Protection Solicitor

We are looking for a Court of Protection Solicitor to join our Mental Health and Capacity team. This is a great opportunity for the right candidate to join a large highly regarded team of accredited specialists with many years’ experience working in this specialised area of law, and as such are highly recognised in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. 

Applicants should send a C.V. and covering letter to katy.jennings@milesandpartners.com.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be an experienced Mental Health and Capacity Solicitor with at least 6 years PQE.
  • Have experience in Welfare cases in the Court of Protection.
  • Have good working knowledge of Mental Health law and the Care Act.
  • Have good working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Law and Practice appropriate to PQE.
  • Be a member of the Law Society Mental Health (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme.
  • Be committed to delivering a high level of client service.
  • Have excellent client care and communication skills.
  • Have knowledge and experience of the Legal Aid system.
  • Have a proven track record in this field.

Terms to be agreed with salary commensurate with experience. This is an excellent opportunity for career progression for the right candidate, to build their own and the firm’s profile whilst advancing to team leadership with responsibility for developing an interesting niche caseload and supervising and assisting in the development of junior members of the team.

For a full job description, please see below.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Primarily to deal with Mental Capacity welfare matters in the Court of Protection and related matters as agreed with and directed by the partners to include conduct of Community Care matters and related Judicial Review matters insofar as they relate to Mental Capacity issues.
  1. To contribute to the overall provision of legal services on behalf of the firm, by conducting all matters so assigned, at all times ensuring that the professional standards of the firm and the profession are adhered to.
  1. To provide assistance in the supervision and guidance on technical matters to colleagues.
  1. Maintain professional standards of work and comply with The SRA Handbook, practice management standards and agreed codes of relevant specialist groupings and court practice directions.
  1. Maintain professional standards of work and comply with external and internal regulatory requirements where relevant, comply with internal policy and provide a service in accordance with the policy set out in the office manual.
  1. Provide a legal service to the Lexcel standard as laid down in the office manual.  
  1. Receive instructions from clients and identify tasks to be done and plan work, researching where necessary and delegating if appropriate.  
  1. Ensure the client is kept informed of progress and discuss details of the case with client giving advice as appropriate. 
  1. Ensure that the client files and records are maintained in accordance with Lexcel specification and file management procedures.
  1. To assist with and comply with Practice Manager and supervisors in the event it is necessary to respond to complaints concerning conduct of work.
  1. Market the department and firm as necessary especially with regard to those cases referred by the Official Solicitor and other referral sources.
  1. Be an accredited member of the Law Society Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme. 

Person Specification Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Skills

  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Working with vulnerable clients, including those with learning disabilities and/or mental disorders
  • IT skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet competing court deadlines
  • Ability to build good working relationships with members of the team and clients
  • Ability to build relationships with other professionals and third parties

Knowledge

  • Good working knowledge of Mental Capacity Law and Practice appropriate to PQE
  • Good working knowledge of Mental Health Law and the Care Act.
  • Awareness of the needs of vulnerable clients who have a learning disability and/or mental disorder

Experience

  • Welfare cases in the Court of Protection.
  • Member of the Law Society Mental Health (Welfare) Accreditation Scheme 
  • At least 6 years PQE

Qualifications

Solicitor or FILEX 

Attributes 

People and Leadership

  • A team player
  • Responsible for producing good quality work and facilitating productive working relationships with colleagues
  • Can provide supervision and guidance on technical issues and on handling clients
  • Is considered as a ‘safe pair of hands’
  • Able to supervise work and provide feedback on the performance of Paralegals, Trainee Solicitors and Assistants 
  • Expected to behave in a manner which is consistent with the firm’s values and behaviours 
  • Able to assist in on-going training within the department.

Finance

  • Achieves the financial objectives and targets set for them with minimal supervision
  • Is aware of the importance of properly scoping work, clearly explaining to the client what a matter will cost, issuing regular bills and assisting cashiers with payment
  • Uses, understands and interprets the firm’s financial reporting systems 

Business Development, client relationships and marketing

  • Provides an excellent service to clients that meets their expectations
  • Receives good feedback from clients 
  • Knows how to progress matters in line with client expectations
  • Is interested in and understands what we offer to clients
  • Is able to establish common ground when communicating with clients
  • Demonstrates a natural ease when dealing with people
  • Takes advantage of opportunities to start to develop internal and external networks and understands the value of these networks for the future
  • Participates in marketing and business development events
  • Is starting to identify marketing and BD opportunities

Benefits

We are well known for being a friendly, inclusive and collegiate firm. We value our staff and acknowledge daily that personal development enriches the working environment for all. Our teams are rightly proud of the achievements they make every day on behalf of their clients.

All Miles and Partners team members benefit from:

  • The opportunity to be part of a team of passionate lawyers at the top of their game
  • A supportive team who love what they do and like to have fun together doing it, whether it’s over lunch or in team events
  • Hybrid working for all – combining remote and in-office work creating the opportunity for work-life balance
  • The chance to get involved in our legal community and improve access to justice for all – we support the Great Legal Bake and the London Legal Walk
  • Recognition for a job well done or moments that matter in your life – we celebrate Eid, Christmas, Pride and Black History Month together, and many more
  • Flexible use of the Easter Bank holidays to celebrate other religious festivals
  • Additional benefits to enhance your health and wellness including an employee assistance programme delivered by Health Assured – the UK and Ireland’s leading wellbeing provider, as well as monthly wellbeing events
  • A cycle-to-work scheme – purchase a bike and accessories and safety equipment through your gross salary, saving 25-39%
  • Consideration for the annual discretionary bonus scheme.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community – we recruit on merit, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

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Job Advert: Bison Solicitors

Mental Health Accredited Panel Member
6 positions available at offices in St Albans, Aldershot, Bristol, Manchester.

Join Bison, the leading provider of quality legal services dedicated to mental health, Court of Protection personal welfare work, and Administrative Law. Our mission is clear: to empower individuals by enforcing their rights and enhancing their lives through expert legal advice.

Due to the ever-increasing client base and demand for growth, we’re looking to increase our Law Society Accredited Mental Health Panel Members from 18 to 25 by Summer 2024. Currently, we’re hiring 6 Law Society Accredited Mental Health Panel Members for our offices in St Albans, Bristol, Hampshire, and Manchester. We’re not recruiting to fulfil our LAA tender obligations, but rather a genuine drive to accomplish our business objectives.

These positions are ideal for ambitious panel members looking to advance from fee-earning to supervisory, team-leading, and managerial roles.

If you’re craving career progression, this is the perfect opportunity for you. We want someone who exudes confidence in their abilities, possesses strong leadership skills, and is highly motivated to generate fresh ideas. Exceptional people skills, organization, and the ability to juggle multiple projects are also key. You’ll need to inspire and lead your team, while also shouldering training and supervision responsibilities.

If you’re a self-motivated go-getter with a strong work ethic and an appetite for challenges, we want to hear from you.

With a salary range of £35,000 – £50,000 per year (depending on experience, role, and responsibilities), as well as fantastic employee benefits like generous annual leave, Comprehensive Health Insurance, 5 days of carer leave, birthday leave, fully paid 5-day sick leave, enhanced maternity and paternity leave, and opportunities for training and development. Bison is committed to creating a fair and inclusive workplace that welcomes individuals from all backgrounds.

Take the next step in your legal career and join our dedicated team at Bison.

Please send CV and covering letter to HR@bisonsolicitors.co.uk  or call 07772326052 for an informal chat.

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Job Advert: Peter Edwards Law

We have an exciting opportunity to join our highly regarded, well-established niche firm based in Hoylake within our Mental Health Tribunal Team.

We are looking for a full-time Mental Health Accredited Panel Member to work as a part of the team covering a large area of the North West/North Wales.

The successful candidate will be experienced in managing their own caseload representing clients detained under the MHA. 

Mental Health supervisor status would be advantageous.

The right candidate will be someone who can work well as part of a team, has good communication and good organisational skills.  They must have a full driving licence and access to a vehicle.

Salary will be dependant on experience together with an attractive package of:

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, with the opportunity to increase annual leave days for time served
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Pension
  • Free car parking
  • Hybrid working
  • Focused training and personal development plan  

How to Apply

Interested candidates who have the skills and experience required for this role can apply with a CV and Cover Letter detailing their interest to: lisabolton@peteredwardslaw.com.

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Civil Legal Aid Advocacy Research 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) commissioned IFF Research, an independent social research agency, to carry out research into the civil legal aid advocacy system as part of the MoJ’s Review of Civil Legal Aid (RoCLA). This research aims to help MoJ to better understand what is working well, and less well, in the legal aid system, and to support the system going forward. 

What is the research? 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) asked the research agency IFF Research to conduct independent research into the legal aid advocacy system. This research aims to help MoJ to better understand what is working well, and less well, in the legal aid system, and to support the system going forward. It is part of the Review of Civil Legal Aid.

What are the benefits of taking part in the research? 

This is your opportunity to have your say about the changes to Civil Legal Aid in the last decade. Your views and feedback will play a key role in helping to understand how the civil legal aid advocacy system is operating and what would help to strengthen the system. 

What is involved?

You are invited to a one-to-one discussion with an independent researcher from IFF Research. Discussions will last between 45 – 60 minutes, depending on how much you have to say. The discussion can be online or on the phone at a time convenient to you, between 6th November and 8th December 2023. Please note that your participation is entirely voluntary, though we very much hope you will take part. Your involvement will not impact any funding you receive or your relationship with MoJ.

What topics will be discussed?

We will ask you about your experiences of getting involved in and carrying out legal aid work, including advocacy; your views on how the sector has changed in the last decade and how you anticipate it changing going forward. It is important we hear your views and experiences; there are no right or wrong answers. 

How will information be used?

Your views and experiences will be looked together with views of others taking part in interviews. These views will be analysed by theme then a report written based on those themes. There will be no way of knowing what an individual said, and no one will be identified in the published report.

No information that identifies legal professionals will be shared outside the research team. 

All of the information individuals share with IFF Research will be stored in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), designed to give individuals greater power over their data and how it is used. For more information go to: www.iffresearch.com/gdpr.

How do I take part?

To arrange a time for a discussion, please email LegalAidStudy@iffresearch.com, or call 020 7250 3035 and ask for Leyla Ahmed.

For more information

For questions about the research, please email LegalAidStudy@iffresearch.com, or call 020 7250 3035 and ask for Leyla Ahmed. 

To verify this is genuine research for the MoJ, please contact rocla@justice.gov.uk.

To confirm IFF Research Market Research Society membership, please call 0800 975 9596.

Job Advert: Bindmans LLP

Role: Caseworker/Solicitor
Mental Health

Start date: January 2024
Salary: Dependent on PQE

We are an award-winning multidisciplinary law firm with an exceptional track record offering a wide range of specialist legal services to our clients, from medium-sized businesses and NGOs to public figures and private individuals. Ranked as a top-tier firm by the legal directories, some of the most brilliant lawyers in the country work at Bindmans

We are looking for a mental health caseworker or solicitor to join our Mental Health Tribunal team. Ideally, you will be located at our office in London, but there is flexibility in terms of hybrid working. 

We are looking for an experienced and dynamic caseworker or solicitor with experience of representing clients at Mental Health Tribunal and Hospital Managers hearings. 

The applicant should have Mental Health supervisor status for the purpose of the firm’s funding contract with the Legal Aid Agency for Controlled Legal Representation, as well as accreditation under the Law Society’s mental health panel scheme.  

The successful applicant should have a flair for litigation, an ability to lead, manage, and support junior solicitors and trainees, and an interest in working with individuals as well as organisations. 

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

Bindmans LLP is an equal opportunities employer, committed to increasing diversity in our firm and our wider profession. Applications from candidates who are BME, have a disability, or who are from a less privileged background are particularly encouraged. 

How to apply

Please visit this page of our website to apply: https://www.bindmans.com/jobs/mental-health-caseworker-solicitor-public-law-and-human-rights/

Please note that CVs will not be accepted for this role.

Closing Date for applications: Midday on Friday 1 December 2023

STRICTLY NO AGENCY APPLICATIONS

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Job Advert: GN Law

Court of Protection Solicitor

We are looking for a solicitor to join our Court of Protection team.

We primarily represent P in welfare cases, most frequently instructed on P’s behalf by the Official Solicitor, and we also represent family members. 

We are looking for someone who is conscientious, driven, organised, and works well in a team. Experience of mental capacity matters, best interests and welfare issues in the Court of Protection is essential.

The ideal candidate will be ambitious and dedicated to working within this field of work. We are looking for someone with the potential to progress within the firm.

Salary

£35,000-£45,000 depending on experience.

Benefits

  • Bonus scheme;
  • 25 days annual leave;
  • Career progression;
  • Hybrid working.

To Apply

Please send a covering letter, equal opportunities form and curriculum vitae to hr@gnlaw.co.uk by 30 November 2023.

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RoCLA Ministry of Justice Provider Survey – Deadline 17 October 2023

Survey

PA Consulting (an independent third-party contracted by the MoJ) are undertaking research to provide a robust evidence base for the MOJ’s Review of Civil Legal Aid. They want as many organisations to take place and complete the online survey, which explores civil legal aid providers’ experiences of the sector. Your responses will help shape civil legal aid policy development. 

All survey responses will be anonymous and confidential. On average, the survey takes 20-30* minutes to complete but may take longer depending on the level of detail you provide. Experience from Members who have done this survey suggests the first part is a tick box exercise and can be done quickly, but the second part will take longer as it requests  narrative responses.

To participate in the survey and for more information visit the website. You can find out more about the Review through the following link: Review of Civil Legal Aid.  The survey closes on 17 October 2023.

Interviews

We are recruiting civil legal aid clients and people who help signpost them to legal aid providers to participate in interviews for the Review. If you are interested in participating in this research or helping to recruit participants, please contact rocla@justice.gov.uk.

About the RoCLA Review

The Ministry of Justice is undertaking a Review of Civil Legal Aid.

The Review is considering the civil legal aid system in its entirety, from how services are procured, how well the current system works for users and providers, and how civil legal aid impacts the wider justice system.

To support policy development, the Review will include 4 analytical workstreams to adopt a comprehensive data-gathering approach:

1.    Economic analysis of the structure of the civil legal aid market

2.    Comparative analysis of systems in other countries

3.    A series of data publications

4.    Social research of user journeys

The Review of Civil Legal Aid will publish reports for all workstreams, releasing evidence papers on this website ahead of the project’s conclusion on 31 March 2024.  Once complete, the government can consider options from the Review for shaping a more effective, efficient, and sustainable system for legal aid providers and the people who rely on legal aid.