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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.
Overview of key responsibilities
- Managing own case load independently and ensuring clients are properly represented.
- Supervising the case loads of junior Mental Health Tribunal representatives within the team (including by completing file reviews and representing clients at colleagues’ Tribunal hearings where required).
- Following the Quality Manual and adhering to the Legal Aid Agency and SRA Rules and Regulations.
- Maintaining membership of the Mental Health Tribunal Approved Accreditation Scheme as well as undergoing and maintaining a continuous professional development record.
- Supporting the firm’s responses to consultations by HM Government regarding mental health law.
- Promoting the firm’s work in this area of law by regularly publishing legal updates and blogs on the firm’s website.
Experience and enthusiasm in two or more of the following areas in addition to mental health law is desirable::
- Article 2 ECHR civil claims
- Court of Protection work
- Community Care
- Judicial Review claims.
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 view the role’s job description and person specification in the downloadable files.
If you are interested in applying please complete the recruitment pack. Completed recruitment packs should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting the vacancy reference number.
Please note that CVs will not be accepted for this role.
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