Senior Associate - Healthcare law

Location: United Kingdom
Office:Birmingham
Discipline: Regulatory Public & Commercial Disputes
Contact name: Himpal Bains

Contact email: himpal.bains@mills-reeve.com
Contact phone: 0121 456 8003
Vacancy reference: 016692
Published: about 1 month ago
Duration: Permanent
Closing date: 05 August 2022

The role

We are looking for a solicitor to work alongside Jill Mason and Neil Ward, Partners in our Birmingham office, although we are flexible in terms of the Mills & Reeve office location for the successful candidate .   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
  • Complaints
  • NHS Continuing Care/Responsible Commissioner issues
  • Priorities/exceptional funding
  • Governance
  • Incident investigation
  • Inquiries
  • Care Act

Although you would not be expected to be covering all these areas! The work will require some travel to service client needs nationally.

Your role will also involve business development through the delivery of seminars and talks, online platform engagement and working with other teams in the firm to cross sell opportunities to develop the healthcare work. You will also be expected to assist partners and other lawyers in client care, providing added value services to clients and ensuring that they continue to be pleased with the service we deliver and so continue the relationships developed.

The person

  • You are likely to be 5+ years qualified or equivalent experience.
  • A good working knowledge of Information Governance law, Inquests and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 will be a particular advantage.
  • Good academics, i.e. 2:1 degree or equivalent
  • Excellent written English for drafting purposes
  • Current knowledge and understanding of the National Health Service and the duties of doctors and other clinical professionals.

We are also looking for someone who has 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 and someone who is competent analytical skills, ability to work under pressure, flexibility and team working. We are also looking for someone who has appropriate interpersonal skills as this work involves many challenges to practitioners, who must be able to deal with a variety of people issues.

Why should I apply?

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.

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.

Disclosure and barring service check and security clearance

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (to check for any previous criminal convictions) and, given the nature of the work-type, you may also be required to undergo national security vetting to SC level – the latter can be undertaken following commencement of employment.

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.