NQ Solicitor (Court of Protection)
The role reports to the Directors of the firm and the Head of Court of Protection.
- Managing a mixed caseload of deputy administration cases including clients with complex needs and high value litigation awards.
- Working closely with clients who lack capacity together with family members and often as part of an MDT
- Travel and attendance at client meetings
- Take instructions from the client and liaising with the deputy in order to progress best interests decisions in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act
- Providing advice on the applicable law, procedures and legal issues relating to the client’s case.
- Draft documents, letters, court documentation and contracts tailored to the client’s individual needs, while making use of the standard documents provided as part of the case management system.
- Recommend and draft new standard documents for use by the firm or department.
- Negotiate with clients and other professionals to secure the agreed objectives.
- Keep the client informed on the progress of their case, including funding, insurance arrangements, ongoing costs, issues and money held in client account.
- Instruct Counsel and experts to provide advice and representation on the client’s case
- Comply with all Court and tribunal deadlines
- Represent clients in tribunals and in Courts where required
- Supervise and delegate work to Court of Protection administrators as well as trainee solicitors and paralegals as appropriate
- Record all time on the file, documenting work undertaken to justify the time spent.
- Save all documents on the case management system, naming appropriately. Including all emails, invoices relating to disbursements and admin charges, records. There should be no corresponding paper file required to progress the case.
- Liaise with Costs Draftsmen.
- Liaise with accounts to ensure client account is used according to Solicitors Accounts Rules
- Work with the Marketing Department to promote the firm and attract additional business from new and existing clients, including cross referrals between departments
- Participate in departmental and firm wide meetings
- Attend internal or external training as and when required
- Work and behave in a professional manner and to the highest standards of the profession
- Comply with company policies and procedures, professional standards and any requirement set by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
- Carry out duties diligently and follow all reasonable instructions
- Participate in the growth and development of the department / firm
- Keep up to date with changes and developments in the law including relevant case law.
- Ensuring ongoing continual professional development, in whatever format determined by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority, or other body as required.
- Develop and maintain good client relationship skills, gaining clients’ confidence and that of other professionals
- A high level of client care and communication skills in order to assist vulnerable clients together with their families
- Time management and time keeping
- Prioritisation of tasks according to business need
- Understand the priorities of different areas of the role
- Understand the need for confidentiality in relation to client and business. Maintain that confidentiality. This includes complying with the firm’s data protection and confidentiality policies.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills – able to deal with all members of the firm and 3rd parties
- Attention to detail including being fully prepared for meetings, conferences, appointments with clients
- Adaptability and flexibility
- Able to work under pressure
- Willingness to learn
- Actively seeks information
- Maintain ownership of a problem or project
- Able to work on own initiative
- Able to work independently and as part of a small team.
- Able to delegate work and train individuals, accordingly, including providing clear instructions on work to be undertaken.
- Able to work in a paperless environment
- Commitment to the success of the firm
Knowledge and experience of the following:
- MS Word
- MS Excel
- MS Outlook
- Case Management Software
- Understanding of Solicitors Accounts Rules
- Understanding of and ability to interpret Civil Procedure Rules as required
- GCSE Maths Grade C or above
- GCSE English Grade B or above
- Educated to degree level
- Admitted to the Law Society roll of solicitors
- No ongoing regulatory investigations or regulatory restrictions arising from your work for solicitors’ firms
- No unspent criminal convictions or any convictions at all for dishonesty
If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please send a CV and covering letter to our HR Manager, Matt Tomaszewski to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ambitious Consultant Solicitors
Do you really want to be stuck in the same rut in 2021?
Great minds thrive with freedom and flexibility. This is a fundamental truth, which underpins the way we do business here at Price Slater Gawne.
We’re proud to do things differently and our results speak for themselves.
We’ve established a better way of working and we’re looking for ambitious consultant solicitors in the fields of clinical negligence, personal injury, wills & trusts and family law to join our forward-thinking team.
Could that be you?
As a consultant solicitor with Price Slater Gawne, you’ll have the autonomy to source and service your own clients; and you’d be free to create your own life, your own way.
Imagine how it would feel to be released from:
- Office politics
- Unnecessary commutes
- Lack of recognition/respect/support
- Mountains of paperwork
As a consultant solicitor for Price Slater Gawne you would:
- Be able to work from home at a time and pace to suit you
- Benefit from our regulatory service and support
- Have access to our accounts and billing service
- Have licenced access to our modern case management system
- Be covered our Professional Indemnity insurance
- Have a personal profile on our website, branded business cards & stationery
- Enjoy a generous fee-share and remuneration package
- Have access to top-class facilities for hot desking/meetings/training
If this sounds like the kind of life you REALLY want to be leading in 2021, our basic requirements are that you:
- Have at least two years of PQE experience
- Have your own client following or be confident in generating your own leads
- Are certified to practice in England and Wales (with no restrictions/conditions)
If you think you’re the right fit for us, then we’d love to hear from you.
In the first instance, email email@example.com to arrange a confidential, informal chat.
At Price Slater Gawne flexibility and a healthy work/life balance are at the heart of our approach. We are proud to deliver the highest levels of service and expertise to our clients and we are keen to attract talented individuals who share our professional approach and wish to develop their career and their role within the firm.
A team that offers flexibility, career progression opportunities, a strong work / life balance and a supportive management culture… If this is what you are looking for, then look no further than Price Slater Gawne!
Established in 2010 as a specialist claimant Clinical Negligence and Serious Injury firm, the practice has undergone significant growth during the last 10 years both in terms of the services provided and the team in place. Today, in addition to Clinical Negligence and Serious Injury, Price Slater Gawne assists clients throughout England and Wales in relation to Wills, Trusts and Probate, Family Law and Court of Protection.
Creating a strong work / life balance is of optimum importance to all at Price Slater Gawne. A culture in which employees are provided autonomy in their roles, with the assurances and access to senior management on a day-to-day basis ensures that skills and knowledge can be developed within a supportive network of likeminded individuals.
With the flexibility and IT infrastructure in place facilitating home working, Price Slater Gawne also boasts an impressive head office in the heart of the busy market town of Altrincham for meeting and hot-desking requirements. This location is ideally situated for staff and clients alike due to its strong transport links and a range of local amenities within walking distance.
A clear career structure in which lawyers and support staff alike are afforded the opportunity to progress is in place at Price Slater Gawne, ensuring career development can be identified, accessed and aspired to, alongside a good remuneration and benefits offer.
No agencies please.