Mental Health Department Background:
Mental Health Law is highly specialised and an area in which Duncan Lewis has operated a successful department for several years and are the largest provider of mental health legal aid services in the UK. The Mental Health department assists those experiencing mental health problems or those concerned about the rights and liberties of those detained under the Mental Health Act and will endeavour to exercise patients’ legal rights and advise them while in hospital detention, including scrutinising all forms of medical treatment.
The Mental Health department, led by Mental Health Panel Members, is proud of the level of care we give to our clients and their families, providing personalised and specialist legal support and advice.
Main Responsibilities of the Role:
- Report directly to Department Director
- Professional pro-active approach, strong client care skills and a sensitive and sympathetic understanding of clients’ needs
- Assisting with casework including dealing with a range of Mental Health matters (LAA Funded and Private client work) as well as attending Hospitals and Tribunal hearings undertaking your own advocacy
- Attending clients, taking instructions and preparing cases
- Dealing with correspondence
- Preparing and managing funding applications to the Legal Aid Agency
- Managing a challenging case-load of clients’ matters from inception to completion
- Preparing draft documents including witness statements and processing evidence
- Attending conferences and court
- Maintaining accurate time costing procedures
- Implementing any recommendations made by your supervisor following monthly file reviews ensuring that these are dealt with promptly
- Ensuring compliance with file management.
Key Skills Required:
- Willing to work towards Mental Health Panel membership/ Accreditation
- Committed and highly driven
- Demonstrate passion and experience in a broad range of publically funded Mental Health Law
- A strong academic background with a Law degree
- Legal experience as Mental Health Paralegal/Advisor
- Clear understanding and application of Mental Health Laws
- Business acumen and the ability to market the Company
- Excellent communications skills to work effectively with all types of people
- Excellent analytical and organisational skills and ability to use own initiative but know when to seek guidance
- Committed team player, self -motivated and professional
- Excellent IT Skills -familiar with Microsoft Office applications and document management skills
- 20 days annual leave
- Additional Birthday leave
- Additional holiday accrual*
- 4 days paid sick leave*
- Practicing Certificate renewed annually
- The Law Society Panel Membership and Accreditation/re Accreditation/ Reaccreditation fee paid for*
- The Law Society registration fee for Panel membership paid for*
- Panel courses mandatory for the Law Society Accreditation paid for*
- Access to vast range of training webinars / E-Library
- Automatic enrolment onto the Company’s pension scheme
- Childcare Vouchers
- Eye test vouchers
- DBS Check costs paid for
- Excellent progression opportunities
- Supportive team environment.
- Part time working
- Flexible working arrangements/ considered
- Support for appropriate legal awards/recognition
*terms and conditions apply
The recruitment process will fully comply with GDPR and other applicable laws. Background checks including CRB / DBS checks will establish your eligibility to work in the UK and suitability to the role.
Duncan Lewis is committed to Equal Opportunities and embraces 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.
We guarantee an interview for candidates that disclose a disability and meet the essential requirements for the post. Please provide additional details in your covering letter if this applies.
If you are interested in applying for this vacancy, please visit our website and apply using our online process for your application to be considered.