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Associate Solicitor (2949)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘Expert Hand, Human Touch’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But, we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Whichever team you join, working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and push boundaries to achieve incredible things, and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

The work we do has been recognised in the awards we’ve won. We’re committed to being even better, and our awards help to show we’re on the right track.

We recognise that the office 9-5 isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Flexible by Choice’. Whether it’s working from home, in our offices, or a combination of the both, we trust each other to support our clients, colleagues and communities at the right time, in the right way.

Our Team

Every day, thousands of people across the UK depend on health and social care services. But when care services fail or are cut, it can leave our clients vulnerable and at risk. At Irwin Mitchell we have years of experience helping clients challenge health and social care decisions at the highest levels. We have a wealth of experience across all fields of public law, with the knowledge and skills to make sure our client’s rights are respected. We help clients with virtually every aspect of health and social care law including:

  • Community care
  • Healthcare and medical treatments
  • Closure of healthcare facilities
  • Mental capacity
  • Health and welfare disputes in the Court of Protection
  • No not Resuscitate Requests (DNR).

We have a large team of expert health and social care lawyers working across the UK, so we can help clients where they are. We are also recognised as a leading firm in this field and have been involved with some of the most high profile health and social care cases. We hold a legal aid contract for this area of law, through which many of our clients choose to fund their cases.

Your Role

You’ll join the Public Law and Human Rights team headed by Yogi Amin. You will be a solicitor experienced in either Court of Protection (health and welfare) and/or health and social care. You will run your own caseload and will be responsible supervising junior colleagues. You will play an important role in further developing the team’s established reputation and will be actively involved in business development.

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in an interesting and diverse caseload, right from the beginning you’ll play a key part in securing justice for our clients and making a real difference in their lives. You’ll have the confidence to hit the ground-running and have the ability to work independently on litigated cases. Given the nature of the work you’ll work with vulnerable clients, and your role will be highly rewarding, but you’ll have to be resilient and calm whilst also putting your client’s needs first at all times.

What You'll Be Doing
  • Manage own caseload, while also assisting the Partners and senior team members on High Value cases.
  • Supervising junior colleagues and other potential management responsibilities.
  • Developing relationships with appropriate groups and organisations to provide an exceptional client experience and generate new cases.
  • Review cases and other relevant matters with supervisor to ensure quality legal advice is provided.
What We're Looking For
  • 2-5 PQE PQE working in the area of Health & Social Care AND/OR Court or Protection
  • Knowledge and understanding of Court of Protection (health and welfare) and/or social care cases.
  • Proven experience of handling your own cases, including your own litigated cases.
  • A clear enthusiasm for this area of law and a commitment to securing the best outcomes for your clients whilst working under pressure.
  • Operate independently and as part of a team to deliver the best outcomes for our clients and develop other team members.
  • An ability to work with empathy and integrity.

We’re proud of our values, and we’re looking for people who share them:

  • To be pioneering with an imaginative outlook
  • To be approachable and caring
  • To be tenacious in the pursuit of our objectives
  • To be efficient in the provision of our services
  • To work with a foundation of integrity.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to receive your application.

What we can offer you
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture. 

We welcome applications from all diversity groups and backgrounds. We’re committed to enabling everyone to thrive and understanding and celebrating our differences is a key part of that. We’re proud of our work on the Disability Confident scheme, on the Race At Work Charter and as Stonewall Diversity Champions. We also have a range of networks for LGBT+, disability, generations, gender, social mobility, ethnicity, faith and culture to celebrate our people and to enable everyone to thrive.


Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.

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Wellbar Central, 36 Gallowgate, Newcastle, Northumberland, United Kingdom, NE1 4TD

We're proud of our values, and we're looking for people who share them

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    Client Services Team
  • Sub-Sub-Business Area:
    Public Law & Human Rights
  • Company:
    IM LLP
  • Working Hours:
    Full Time
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