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Mental Health / Court of Protection Solicitor

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Salary:£30000 - £50000 per annum

Type:Permanent Role

Sector:Private Practice

Posted:10th November 2020

Vacancy Details

Our client is primarily a legal aid firm specialising in family and mental health. They also carry out private client work and are financial deputies for clients who lack capacity.

The firm has been heavily involved in mental health work over the years and has recently undergone some restructuring within the mental health department and are keen to put time, energy and investment into the right people and into the department to increase its presence in this area.

They are looking to recruit a solicitor who can work within mental health and court of protection work. This would be along the lines of deprivation of liberty, best interests, human rights and so on rather than Lasting Powers of Attorney or Deputyship.

With the area of work being quite specialist they do appreciate that it is difficult finding someone ready-made for these roles so they are reasonably flexible in that we would look at someone who doesn't necessarily have the experience in mental health law but who has a clear desire to do it and has the right sort of attributes as a person.

Candidates would need to have the following:

  • A clear desire and passion to work within the area of mental health and court of protection law
  • Full clean driving licence and own transport
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills as they will be dealing with vulnerable clients
  • Self-motivated with an ability to work by themselves and as part of a team
  • Flexible and able to adapt to different ways of working
  • Have good IT skills
  • A valid practising certificate (solicitor role)

Desirable would be:

  • Minimum of 12 months experience running cases in the field of mental health/court of protection
  • Familiar with the Legal Aid Agency Contract requirements

Other Info

  • Salaries will be competitive depending on experience and qualifications.
  • Training provided on ongoing basis
  • Based out of the firm's Rainhill offices but with possibility to work remotely
  • All equipment (laptop, phone etc) provided

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply through the advert or contact Nick Tappin at Thornton Legal directly.