Court of Protection Solicitor (Property & Affairs)
- Job Vacancy: Court of Protection Solicitor (Property & Affairs)
- Key duties: Supporting the Deputies at EMG Solicitors with Deputyship matters (EMG Solicitors manage over 80 Deputyships nationwide) and assisting with the firm’s large number of Trust matters.
- Requirements: You must be able to meet the following requirements:
- Ideally 4 years + PQE
- Experience in handling a broad range of Court of Protection matters
- An understanding of managing catastrophic personal injury claims from a Court of Protection perspective (both pre and post settlement)
- Excellent client care skills
- Strong IT and numerical skills
- Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
- A full clean driving licence and a willingness to travel nationally to see clients
- Some management or supervision experience of junior colleagues
- Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and additional benefits
- Hours: This is ideally a permanent full time role but flexibility can be discussed at interview.
- How to Apply: Apply in the form below or with full CV and covering letter to: Jemma.Morland@emgsolicitors.com
EMG Solicitors is a Legal 500 law firm which offers a full range of legal services and it specialises in Court of Protection work and in particular, the needs of vulnerable clients including those suffering from complex brain injury. Our service is offered throughout England and Wales and we have a national client base. EMG Solicitors has the largest independent Court of Protection team in the North East and an excellent opportunity exists within the team for an experienced Court of Protection Solicitor.
- Manage the ‘onboarding’ of new clients and supervise the making of an application to the Court of Protection seeking appointment of EMG as deputies.
- Take a senior role in managing new clients, making significant decisions and supporting and supervising junior colleagues who are responsible for running the file on a daily basis.
- Manage the handover process where we are taking over a file from a previous deputy.
- Draft and file various applications with the Court of Protection as instructed by the deputies (or lay deputy), for example seeking the discharge of a deputy, post-settlement security reviews, gift applications, permission to make/amend financial investments, permission to purchase/sell property on behalf of a protected party and approval of personal injury/CICA trusts.
- Instruct relevant professionals to prepare assessments of capacity, care or therapeutic need when such a report is required.
- Consider financial review documents produced in respect of client investments and note performance against the agreed benchmark.
- Supervise junior colleagues in relation to non-client matters including targets, billing, behaviours and general performance.
- Check draft deeds, legal documents and non-legal documents prior to them being signed or implemented.
- Manage any issue or dispute relating to the employment of a client’s carer or support worker, including termination of employment (liaising with any other relevant professionals as required).
- Ensure workplace pension compliance and supervise the setting up of new pension schemes when required.
- Take the lead on certain projects, such as the purchase of property/land, adaptations to property, change of case manager or purchase of a vehicle.
- Review and amend OPG102/OPG103/OPG104/OPG105 deputy report forms once prepared by a junior file handler.
- Answer queries raised by the Office of the Public Guardian regarding the deputy report once filed.
- Manage the discharge procedure if client regains capacity, changes deputy or dies.
In addition, you are expected to display and uphold the following skills and attributes at all times (our values):
- To undertake your duties professionally, with the utmost skill and care
- To always put the clients first
- To respect client confidentiality at all times
- To be able to work individually and as part of a team, ensuring all firm’s procedures are followed and adhered to at all times
- To be well motivated and demonstrate initiative
You will have a flexible approach to work, being able to prioritise and accept interruptions to planned workload in order to deal with urgent issues, as and when necessary. You should be a good team player and be able to demonstrate compassion and commitment to the needs of our clients. You will need to be comfortable speaking to clients face to face and over the telephone as well as in writing.
With a superb reputation, this really is a fantastic opportunity not only to join a friendly, modern and award winning law firm, but to work within a nationally recognised specialist practice and learn from a team of dedicated and driven individuals.
To read about our benefits and how we work you can see further details here: Working at EMG