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Deputyship Lawyer job description

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Deputyship Lawyer job description

(i)

To meet the needs of the clinical negligence department for a Deputyship service and to expand the service. To act as Professional Deputy to clients whose financial affairs need to be overseen by the Court of Protection (CoP) following catastrophic personal injury / clinical negligence. Also, to assist lay deputies in carrying out their duties acting on behalf of such clients.

(ii)

To implement the recommendations for care, accommodation, therapy, equipment and financial management that are set out in the final settlement advice/judgment of the Court

To develop and maintain file management protocols to meet the needs of the litigation and deputyship files.

 

To supervise the work of Deputyship Administrator.

To work closely with the family of the client to ensure that dealings with the Court of Protection are as smooth and efficient as possible;

To ensure that tax returns and Deputy’s accounts are prepared and filed on time;

To prepare a specification for a property purchase, to identify and purchase a suitable property;

Deputyship Lawyer Job Description

 

To work with our Property Department (which will provide conveyancing services) to ensure that the requirements of the Court of Protection in relation to sales and purchases are met, and that appropriate land registry protections are in place;

To prepare Trust deeds relating to sale and purchase of property;

To instruct architects, and with them to:-

obtain a feasibility/suitability report for adaptations

assess the availability of Local Authority grants to fund adaptations for a disabled client

co-ordinate planning and building regulations applications

 

 

 

 

Specific duties:

To apply for Property and Affairs Deputyship Orders;

To make applications to the Court of Protection, and attend hearings at the Court;

Where personal injury or clinical negligence litigation is ongoing, to liaise with the litigation lawyers in relation to budgeting, disclosure and file management;

To assume responsibility for the management of the client relationship, to include the parents/carers of the protected person;

Essential requirements

Experience of acting as professional deputy and/or providing professional advice to lay deputies;

Familiarity with statutory framework and Code of Practice governing the work of the Court of Protection;

Experience of supporting vulnerable clients;

 

Preferred experience

Experience of acting as professional deputy whilst litigation relating to personal injury / clinical negligence is ongoing;

Experience of developing and maintaining file management procedures;

Experience of supervision of support staff;

Experience of Trusts, Welfare Benefits, Personal Tax, Wills;

Experience of practice development.

Skills

Must be able to demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

communication skills

client care skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

organisation skills (to include development of systems and delegation)

Must also be IT literate (Windows, Word, Excel)

Attributes

Flexible

Team player

Proactive

Sound judgment

Organised

Efficient

 

To act for other classes of vulnerable clients and to provide Court of Protection Services, where the need for legal services does not arise from a compensation award.

 

assess tenders for building works

review the terms of a building contract and agree the specification of works, the timescale for completion and the structure for phased payments

secure an insurance bond to cover the cost of the buildings works in the event that the building contractor goes into liquidation before completing the works

obtain final certificates and guarantees for the building works.

To liaise with IFAs and fund managers;

To instruct other professionals where appropriate - for example accountants, or specialist solicitors to deal with special educational needs tribunals

To liaise with other third parties such as case managers, therapists, medical practitioners;

To provide tax advice and arrange ongoing review of investment strategy;

To advise in relation to welfare benefits and state assistance;

To prepare personal injury trusts;

To prepare lasting and ordinary powers of attorney;

Authorisation of gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To prepare statutory wills;

To develop and expand the Deputyship service;

To market the Deputyship service, and to become involved in Court of Protection networking groups.