• Location: Anywhere
  • Reference Number: LSW5461

You will be joining one of the largest legal practices in the South West, with clearly defined divisions catering for business and private clients, their teams are able to offer the very best legal advice through a full range of legal services, across a wide range of areas and commercial sectors. They also  reward their hard-working staff with flexibility, competitive salaries with a generous holiday plan and a fantastic benefits package.

The role can be based at any of their offices across Devon and is full-time and permanent.

The Role:

This role would be suitable for a candidate who can demonstrate good experience and have a real interest in Court of Protection work.

The successful candidate would need to be able to work independently with minimal supervision and want to contribute to the team and its development.

Work would include:

  • Preparation of COP applications to include Deputy applications and ancillary applications such as applications relating to Statutory Wills and gifts etc. and experience of representations at Court;
  • Planning, organisation and monitoring of general management of financial affairs, household (to include payroll of care staff) and other expenditure to include being able to budget and manage financial schedules etc.;
  • Preparation of annual Deputy Reports to the OPG, dealing with Costs Draftsman and the Senior Court Costs Office in relation to billing to include e-billing;
  • Dealing directly with and advising elderly, disabled and vulnerable individuals in the everyday execution of their financial and personal affairs;
  • Acting in the protection of those clients from abuse, coercion and exploitation;
  • Dealing with and advising the family of our clients, lay Attorneys and lay Deputies;
  • Working with Case Managers, Managers of Care/Residential/Nursing Homes and other professionals/experts;
  • Advising on challenges to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) (soon to be Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) authorisations and working with representatives such as IMCAs;
  • Having an awareness of and being able to identify potential tax issues for referral to our dedicated Tax Department;
  • Having an awareness of and being able to identify care funding needs, deliberate deprivation of assets, and benefit issues for referral to our dedicated benefit experts and Community Care Department;
  • Having experience of dealing with the sale, purchase and adaption of properties through the COP to meet the Patient’s needs and requirements;
  • Being knowledgeable in and able to advise on the Mental Capacity Act and other related rules, regulations and legislation such as the Care Act.

Skill and Knowledge Required:

  • 3 years + PQE level as a Solicitor / Legal Executive / CILEx is essential. ACTAPS and/or STEP membership welcomed but not essential.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise a busy case load, have excellent client care skills together with an affinity with dealing the elderly, disabled and vulnerable persons and enjoy helping those people manage their finances and their lives for the better.
  • The successful candidate will also be expected to promote and develop the firm and the team internally and externally maintaining its reputation.

The Candidate:

  • You must be able to work effectively within a team. Task assignment amongst the team is constant to ensure the matter is undertaken in the most cost effective manner possible.
  • You must be professional, organised, competent, enthusiastic and ambitious.  To work with other fee earners and seek advice and assistance whenever needed to develop knowledge and skills, and to improve ability. Ensure that all courses booked are attended including any management courses provided to develop personal skills.
  • Need to have access to a motor vehicle for work use and be insured for work purposes.

Please get in touch if you would like more information about this role or send your CV via the form below in complete confidence and we will get back to you.

 Legal Southwest will never, without exception, send out your CV without your prior knowledge or consent so please be assured that we treat every application with the utmost confidentiality.

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