Court of Protection Associate/ Assistant

Spalding, Lincolnshire
£60,000 - £85,000 per annum
23 Nov 2016
21 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Position: Court of Protection Associate/ Assistant
Location: Spalding Lincolnshire
Salary: £60,000 to £85,000 per annum
Job Type: Permanent

Company Overview:

The company client is a commercial practice with a strong focus on agriculture and rural estates, the food sector and commercial property. We have ambitious plans for growth, but to realise them we need the right people. Since its beginnings in Lincolnshire over 75 years ago, the organisation has developed beyond its historic East Midlands heartland. They act for clients across the country and sit comfortably among the UK’s top 200 law firms.
We take an active, hands-on and long-term approach, getting to know our clients and their businesses over many years. That means we can anticipate and deal with complex and challenging issues that really matter - not just to the success of the businesses themselves but to the wellbeing of the families that depend on them.
Many of our 26 partners trained with us. That has been one of the keys to our success and we aim to continue to grow organically, while bringing in additional expertise where needed to meet our strategic goals.

Job Detailed Description:

The organisation are seeking to develop their Court of Protection practice area by the appointment of an additional Court of Protection practitioner. The successful applicant may be a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Filex and already be a member of the Court of Protection panel of Deputies.
A recent re-structure of the team to facilitate the team’s continued growth has identified and opportunity for an experienced, ambitious and highly organised practitioner who may already specialise in this work area, but may also be in a more general role at present and wishes to commit to their own personal development in this niche practice area. We will expect candidates to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the Court of Protection Rules and the Role of the Court of Protection and the Office of the Public Guardian and be able to analyse, interpret and apply the terms of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and have a detailed understanding of the Act’s code of practice with particular reference to principles of Best Interests in decision making for others.
Working with the team’s Lead Partner, a current member of the Panel of Deputies and our experienced Court of Protection para-legal the new appointee will be responsible for the delivery of specialist Court of Protection services, and work with the Lead Partner in facilitating the growth and geographic reach of our specialist services offered both in terms of professional deputyships and attorneyships, and advising deputies and attorney in their own roles.
The successful candidate will be involved in the strategic planning to secure the growth of the client base, the day to day management of the team as set out below, and the delivery of expert Court of Protection services, the following being some examples.
Overseeing the annual management of the firm’s existing portfolio of varied deputyships and attorneyships.
Initiating new deputyship applications.
Advising on roles and responsibilities of deputies and attorneys.
Overseeing Lasting Power of Attorney production (via case management system)
Overseeing Enduring Power of Attorney registration
Liaising with contentious team in connection with contentious elements of Court of Protection practice (although the candidate may have some mixed experience of contentious/.non-contentious elements.)

Primary Responsibility:

To deliver Court of Protection legal services offering advice and assistance in this specialist work area.
To develop and maintain own client lists and deliver exceptional personal financial performance
To ensure the effective day-to-day direct management of the fee earning and support sub-team and in line with firm and departmental objectives;
Ensure excellence in client service;
Grow the business in line with agreed objectives and targets
Generate sustainable growth in profit by maximising fee-earning capacity of sub-team
Use the skills of delegation and follow up to ensure our work complies with our obligations in relation to both regulation and governance as well as our professional accreditations and the standards by which we have chosen to run our business
Create an environment in which people are valued, given opportunities to develop and can carry out their best work on a daily basis.
Support and contribute to the Vision and Mission of the company and champion “the way we work”.

The following accountabilities support our Mission Statement by focusing on:
Client relationships/ People/ Profitable growth/ The drive to always be better.
They also support the way we work in encouraging teams to become trusted advisors, thinking every day how they are making a difference and how they can make it happen, becoming big picture thinkers who also get the detail right and embracing individual talents and genuine expertise while operating as one team.
Team Leaders are required to deliver and report to Lead Partner as follows;
To ensure team are aware of firm and departmental business objectives and targets. Delivery of sub team target, whilst recognising that the firm and departmental overall targets take precedence.
To monitor the financial performance of the team in respect of KPIs as per the month end pack and additionally as directed from time to time by the Lead Partner to include Time capture, Lockup management, Productivity, Investigate and manage any under (or over) performance, Report specific concerns or identified trends to Lead Partner.
Manage compliance in the sub teams by ensuring the firm’s risk management procedures are followed and properly implemented including monthly PD reviews, regular file reviews and one to one meetings. Ensure appropriate actions take place providing monthly compliance reporting to Lead Partner.
Ensuring there are appropriate levels of supervision and that trends in unfavourable behaviours are monitored ,analysed and acted upon where necessary
Dissemination of NPS feedback to team (and overview that sufficient requests are going out, dealing with any adverse issues in conjunction with lead partner)
Benefits: Pension, Parking

Key skills:

* Strategic planning
* Dealing with a variety of portfolio's of varied deputy ships and attourneyships.
* The successful candidate may be a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Filex and already be a member of the Court of Protection panel of Deputies.

If you are interested in this position, please forward your details to us.