Job Advert: Ben Hoare Bell LLP

Mental Health/Court of Protection Solicitor

We are currently looking for an experienced Mental Health Solicitor/Panel Member to join our team.

Ben Hoare Bell LLP is a well-established legal practice operating from three offices in Sunderland, Newcastle and Gateshead. The firm has 9 Partners.

The firm has a strong ethical base and wishes to remain committed to operating within the publicly funded area of legal work, offering a high-quality service to people regardless of means.

The Mental Health/Court of Protection Department currently employs 3 solicitors, 2 trainee solicitors and 1 secretary. The department currently holds a Legal Aid contract to cover the North.

Although this post is likely to be based in Byker the post holder is expected to work from any office used by Ben Hoare Bell LLP.

Necessary Qualifications:

Qualified as a Solicitor or CILEX (essential).

Current full driving licence with access to own car (essential).

Membership of the Law Society Mental Health accreditation scheme (essential).


  1. Experience of Mental Health work (essential).
  2. Experience of Mental Capacity work (desirable). Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 would be of assistance but is not essential. There will be opportunities to gain experience in Mental Capacity Law, if not already acquired.
  3. Involvement in administration and management (desirable).
  4. Work with community or NfP organisations (desirable).
  5. Marketing experience (desirable).

Job Type: Permanent

Working Hours: 9am to 5pm Monday- Friday.

We would be open to applications from individuals looking for to work part-time. 


  • 26 days holiday entitlement plus bank holidays (pro rata for part time employees).
  • Additional holiday entitlement of up to 5 days awarded for continued service.
  • Birthday Leave entitlement
  • Training and development for all employees including paying for, and supporting through relevant accreditations/reaccreditations.
  • Weekly fruit provided for all as well as coffee/tea/milk
  • Flexibility for home working for solicitors
  • Team Building days and social events
  • Pension Scheme
  • Maternity pay for employees with two years continuous service (10 weeks at full pay and 16 weeks at half pay).
  • Paternity pay for employees with 26 weeks continuous service (2 weeks) and shared parental pay.

How to apply?

If you are interested in applying please email with your CV and covering letter. The deadline for applications is 29 February 2024.

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