4 months ago
Court of Protection Solicitor, Sheffield
Job Title: Court of Protection Solicitor, Sheffield
Office: SheffieldDepartment: Court of Protection and Personal Injury Trusts (COPPIT)Reports To: Head of COPPIT in SheffieldClosing Date: 22nd September 2017Job Summary: Purpose of Role
Due to internal staffing changes a new role has arisen in our thriving COPPIT team. Supported by our Deputyship and Trust Administration team who look after our clients’ day to day finances back at the office, this role involves seeing clients for annual meetings or as issues arise, as well as speaking to some new clients to explain how we can help them.
Travelling to see existing and sometimes new clients in their own home.
Working with clients and their families to achieve their objectives and balancing that up with the available funds. Clients often need help with care packages, property purchase and adaptations, budgets, benefits and a host of other issues which arise. The majority of our clients have been catastrophically injured
The ability and willingness to work in a true team setting, involving other members of the team where they are better placed to provide help to the clients.
Excellent personal organisation skills and a rapid turnaround to enable all of us to provide a great service to the client.
Travel will be a significant feature of this role so an ability and willingness to travel throughout England and Wales is essential.
Desirable characteristics would include an interest in the firm’s and team’s marketing activities and an ability and willingness to develop into a ‘go to’ person for queries on various subjects for team members.
Please note: The responsibilities identified in this job description are not meant to be exclusive or exhaustive, the firm reserves the right to amend the job description giving one months notice of any change. You may be required on occasion to work from any of the firm's offices, reasonable notice will be given for such a request.
Ideally a candidate will have experience in Court of Protection work.
To demonstrate a willingness to gain client experience and technical knowledge in the field of trust administration and Court of Protection work.
Evaluation skills and a willingness to learn new skills
Outstanding organisation skills
A methodical approach to working
The role can involve dealing with clients who have suffered a brain injury and have serious mental health and emotional problems. It is possible that the vulnerable client's family could be anxious or there even be tension within the family. An essential part of this role is the ability to deal with meetings in a client home or in the office where there are issues such as these. The fee earner may have to deal with meetings where the client, family members, case mangers, support work and financial advisers may all attend at the same time. Some clients or their families may not be financially astute or sophisticated. The fee earner therefore has to have excellent social skills and the ability to deal with difficult situations and conversations in a confident yet sympathetic manner. The fee earner must act professionally at all times.Job Contact: For a copy of the job description or to apply please send a covering letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org