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Court of Protection Health & Welfare / Mental Capacity Lawyer

Job Summary

Location: Based in Brighton / Hybrid Working

Salary: Competitive

Deadline: 5pm on Monday 29 July 2024

Martin Searle Solicitors’ Community Care Law team have a busy caseload of mental capacity and Court of Protection (CoP) litigated matters. We are committed to promoting access to justice for our clients and their families in cases that impact their fundamental human rights and best interests. This includes disputes about where the person lacking capacity should live and be cared for; and that person’s contact with others.

We are looking for a solicitor, in-house counsel, legal executive or case worker, who has a strong track record of acting for clients in contested CoP Health and Welfare matters, or other CoP litigation. This includes serious medical treatment; removal of a Deputy or Attorney and cases about financial abuse. You should have experience of running your own complex caseload, including advocacy at Case Management and Directions Hearings.

Our ideal candidate will also have good knowledge of the underlying community care law issues relevant to COP welfare issues, including challenging health and social services in relation to commissioning and funding adequate care packages.  You need to be a good communicator and team player who is committed to providing a high-quality service to all of our clients.

Our Community Care Law Team has a national reputation for its expertise and outcomes, working with lay clients and professional clients. The Head of the team is Cate Searle and the Lead for our Professional Deputy Service is our Mental Capacity expert Paula Jones, both of whom are recognised as leading individuals in the Legal 500:

“Cate Searle and Paula Jones have incredible depth of knowledge of all aspects of community care law. They are friendly and approachable and very quick to respond to queries. They have supported my team on queries relating to deputyship work, Court of Protection and provision of care from the local authority to our clients considering issues relating to funding, needs assessments and best interests meetings.”

We are an equal opportunities employer and will consider applications from candidates who wish to work flexibly.

How to apply

Please send your CV together with a cover email explaining why you want to join the Community Care Law team at Martin Searle Solicitors to


Martin Searle Solicitors, 9 Marlborough Place, Brighton, BN1 1UB
T: 01273 609 991

Martin Searle Solicitors is the trading name of ms solicitors ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and is registered in England under company number 05067303.

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