Court of Protection Solicitor
Role: Court of Protection Solicitor
Duncan Lewis Solicitors (Ltd):
Regulated by the Solicitor's Regulation Authority, Duncan Lewis Solicitors was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in the City of London (Fenchurch Street EC3M), with offices nationwide. We are recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners UK independent legal directories as a top–tier law firm – "a diligent and professional team that is prepared to go the extra mile for its clients". A paperless law firm with over 500 personnel that embraces hybrid–working, we service both corporate entities and private individuals in over 25 areas of law across 60 languages. We give people a voice – that is our ethos.
Court of Protection/Litigation Background:
The Court of Protection adjudicates or resolves disputes that concern adults who lack mental capacity to make decisions. Disputes typically include whether the person has the capacity to make decisions and what is in that person's best interests.
Our Court of Protection team has been recognised by The Legal 500 for their dedication to achieving the best possible results for their clients and for putting a "tremendous amount of work" into their cases. The team is multidisciplinary team regularly collaborating with the company's experts in mental capacity, mental health, community care, clinical negligence, family, childcare and public law.
Main Responsibilities of the Role
- Report directly to Department Director
- Responsible for all aspects of Court of Protection work and, on occasions, where appropriate providing technical expertise and guidance to other team members
- Professional pro–active approach, strong client care skills and a sensitive and sympathetic understanding of clients' needs
- Responsible for all aspects of Litigation work and on occasions, where appropriate providing technical expertise and guidance to other team members.
- Ability to manage appropriate caseload types and complexities
- Attending clients, taking instructions and preparing cases
- Dealing with correspondence
- Maintaining accurate time–costing procedures
- Implementing any recommendations made by your supervisor/director following monthly file reviews ensuring that these are dealt with promptly
- Ensuring compliance with file management.
- Conduct litigation and advocacy in relevant court hearings.
- Variety of duties, including dealing with a range of Court of Protection matters, including personal injury trusts; statutory wills and gift applications; deputyship applications; ongoing deputyship administration; health and social care judicial review and ancillary applications such as trustee orders
- You will have a professional, pro–active approach, strong client care skills and be interested in Business Development and Marketing to supplement the substantial work volumes brought in by the Company
- Assisting with casework including dealing with a range of Litigation cases including: ADR/ mediation; Banking and financial disputes; Bankruptcy and insolvency; Breach of contract disputes; Civil fraud; Commercial property/ company disputes; Debt recovery and enforcement claims; Intellectual property infringement disputes; Interim applications as well as undertaking your own advocacy.
Key Skills Required
- Must have a clean, valid Practicing Certificate at the time of applying
- Team player and adapt well to new challenges
- Previous proven supervisory experience and working on key performance indicators
- Professional with a pro–active approach; excellent client care skills and ability to deal with vulnerable client matters sensitively and resolve complicated practicalities
- Excellent networking and communication skills with the ability to successfully market the Company and generate new business
- Excellent analytical and organizational skills
- Ability to use own initiative and sound judgment
- Working knowledge of the publically funded Court of Protection work and the ability to service privately funded cases
- Have extensive experience in dealing with Court of Protection–related work
- Experience in own advocacy is an advantage
- Excellent IT Skills –familiar with Microsoft Office applications and document management skills
- Proven ability to manage a demanding caseload and meet deadlines.
- Attention to detail and ability to maintain accurate and organized case records.
- Ability to work collaboratively in a team and build strong client relationships.
If you are a highly motivated and qualified solicitor looking for an opportunity to work in a dynamic and challenging environment, please submit your CV and cover letter online!
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. We appreciate your understanding.
What we can offer?
Duncan Lewis is committed to equal opportunities and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, religion, belief, or marital status and embraces the diversity of its staff. The Company strives to ensure that our staff reflects the diversity of the communities we serve, which is reflective at all levels within our workforce. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made during the recruitment process, please talk to a member of the recruitment team so that any required adjustments can be made in advance.
We look forward to receiving your application and discussing how you can contribute to our team's success in providing exceptional Court of Protection, health, and welfare legal services.