Associate - Healthcare Law

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The role

We are looking for a solicitor to work alongside Jill Mason and Neil Ward, Partners in our Birmingham office.   You will be responsible for dealing with a wide range of patient matters and public law work (these are often life and death matters and/or headline news either locally or nationally). The broad range of work will include complex issues covering:- Information governance - Mental Capacity Act 2005, Best Interests and Court of Protection cases - Inquests - Mental Health Act 1983 - CQC regulation, Consent and Confidentiality - Complaints - NHS Continuing Care/Responsible Commissioner issues - Priorities/exceptional funding - Judicial Review - Public Engagement and Consultation - Governance - Incident investigation - Inquiries - Care Act - SEND Tribunals - Performers List Management - Child Law Although you will not be expected to be cover all of these areas! The work will require some travel to service client needs nationally.

The Person

You are likely to be 1+ years qualified or equivalent experience.  A good working knowledge of Information Governance law,  and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 will be a particular advantage.Essential- Good academics, i.e. 2:1 degree or equivalent and good A Level grades or equivalents.- Excellent written English for drafting purposesYou will be able to demonstrate:- Current knowledge and understanding of: o    National Health Service o    Duties of doctors and other clinical professionals - A can do approach - Attention to detail - Excellent time and file management - An ability to build relationships with clients, potential clients and witnesses - Good research skills - Evidence of negotiating skills - Competent analytical skills, ability to work under pressure, flexibility and team working - Appropriate interpersonal skills as this work involves many challenges to practitioners, who must be able to deal with a variety of people issues The Healthcare team forms part of the larger Regulatory, Public & Commercial Disputes national service line. The team currently consists of three partners, nine principal associates and seven senior associates / associates. This team provides healthcare law advice to a range of public and independent sector health clients.

Disclosure and barring service check

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. Everyone has different priorities and preferences, so at Mills & Reeve you can choose the benefits that appeal to you. From buying holiday and undergoing health screening to leasing a bicycle – the choice is yours.

Our core benefits are:

  • Equal all staff bonus based on the firm’s financial performance
  • Generous pension including the option to salary sacrifice
  • Five weeks' annual leave and the option to buy or sell a week each year
  • Extra day of leave for wedding/civil partnership, religious holiday and house moving
  • Bonus week leave every 11th year of continuous service
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Income protection after two years’ service
  • Life assurance with the choice of covering between two and 10 times annual basic salary
  • Confidential employee assistance programme providing guidance on every day issues to more complex matters and both telephone and face to face counselling.

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The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement. 

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that.

Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. Please click the link below to find further information regarding diversity and inclusion at Mills & Reeve.

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