Community Care Solicitor

We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced community care solicitor to lead our community care team. Historically the firm has been at the forefront of publicly funded community care litigation, particularly on behalf of migrants, as well as training and development, eg the Community Care Practitioners’ Group. An administrative error led us to lose our CCA contract in 2014 and since then we have conducted our community care work under the public law contract or privately with successes linked to the Equality Duty and migrant support. We have applied for a contract in the 2018 tender process and so are now seeking to recruit a community care solicitor who meets relevant supervisor standards and has in interest in developing an in interesting portfolio of community care public law/CoP litigation with support from our experienced public law solicitors. The firm has an excellent reputation (eg Legal 500 and Chambers). We plan to increase the volume of the firm’s Court of Protection cases in addition to the public law community are cases we currently deal with.

Start date and salary are negotiable with a salary to reflect the candidate’s experience.

Person specifications

Essential:

  • Excellence in community care casework
  • Proven ability to work in and contribute to the team
  • An ability to deal sympathetically and effectively with the widest variety of disadvantaged clients.
  • Fulfil 2018 LAA Standard Civil Contract criteria to be a LAA Community Care Supervisor on commencement of post
  • The skill and knowledge to manage cases and maintain files efficiently with little supervision and to high standards, and experience of conducting litigation from start to finish.
  • Knowledge of the Legal Aid scheme and CCMS
  • Commitment to equal opportunities
  • Proven ability to meet cost targets

Desirable:

  • Sufficient experience of Court of Protection work to fulfil 2018 LAA Standard Civil Contract criteria for supervisors of Contract Work relating to proceedings under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 or an interest in developing such experience
  • Ability to lead and develop the firm’s community care (and if appropriate Court of Protection work)
  • Ability to develop and maintain connections with campaigning and referring organisations relevant to our work
  • Computer literacy and a willingness to use and to develop IT skills.
  • Experience of working in an ethnically diverse community.
  • The ability to speak a community language spoken by our clients.
  • An interest in developing innovative litigation.

How to apply

Please complete all parts of the application form available here and return to us by:

Email: recruitment@dpglaw.co.uk

or

Post: Deighton Pierce Glynn, Att. Joel Nicholls, 8 Union Street, London SE1 1SZ

Closing date: 8 a.m. on 30th April 2018.

Applications received after this time cannot be considered.

Interviews: Interviews to take place in the week commencing 7 May 2018.

Please quote the job reference 2018/03CCSO in the subject line of your email.

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AN OUTLINE OF THE FIRM

Deighton Pierce Glynn is a highly regarded firm of solicitors specialising in a number of niche areas of civil litigation in which it has a significant national and international profile.

Whoever our clients are and whatever has happened to them we pride ourselves in being able to make the best use of the law for their benefit. We give practical advice about options, help our clients work out their goals and do what can be done to achieve them. Taking a legal case can be a daunting prospect – we try to make sure our clients feel well supported.

We are committed to our staff, who include some of the best lawyers around, and we think it’s important to provide a good working environment, ensuring they have the support and resources they need to excel and promoting a friendly and collaborative working environment.

We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity. We think that by doing this, we can provide the best possible service to our clients. We positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.