Information for candidates applying for the Healthcare and Welfare Lawyer vacancies
|Job title||Court of Protection: Healthcare and Welfare Lawyers|
|Salary||£53,589 to £72,081|
|Application deadline||Midday on Wednesday 21 September 2016|
The Official Solicitor acts for some of the most vulnerable members of society and is often at the forefront of legal developments affecting the vulnerable.
Two vacancies have arisen in the Official Solicitor’s Court of Protection: Healthcare and Welfare team. The Official Solicitor is invited by the Court of Protection to act as last resort litigation friend, and sometimes solicitor, for persons lacking capacity to make the relevant decisions for themselves, in proceedings relating to their healthcare and welfare in the court. The court is being asked to make the decisions for them. All proceedings must be conducted by the litigation friend on their behalf in their best interests.
In welfare cases the Official Solicitor retains external solicitors to act for the person. Those solicitors have day to day conduct of the litigation on instructions from the Official Solicitor personally or through his case manger, who may be a lawyer or a lay case manager. Medical treatment cases are dealt with ‘in house’ and the Official Solicitor will act as both litigation friend and solicitor of the person concerned. Many of the healthcare and welfare cases involve complex and/or novel points of law. They require sensitive handling.