24th July 2020

Our Mental Health and Court of Protection department is currently looking for a Paralegal to join the busy team.

To apply please send your CV and cover letter to Rachel Floyd at applicants@benhoarebell.co.uk. The deadline for application is 5.00pm Friday 21 August 2020.


Presently based at:                  Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne

Supervised by:                         Partner


Ben Hoare Bell LLP is a well-established Practice operating from 4 sites in the cities of Sunderland, Gateshead, Newcastle and Middlesbrough. The Practice has 11 Partners.

The Practice has a strong ethical base and wishes to remain committed to operating within the publicly funded area of legal work, offering a high quality service to people regardless of means.

The Mental Health/Court of Protection (Health and Welfare) department currently employs 1 solicitor, 2 trainee solicitors and 1 secretary. The department currently holds a Legal Aid contract to cover the North.

Although this post is presently based in Newcastle the post holder is expected to work from any office used by Ben Hoare Bell LLP.

This post demands a consistently high standard of legal analysis of instructions and evidence, the ability to take detailed relevant instructions from often confused and overwhelmed clients, and a proactive and creative approach to clients’ problems which often demands looking beyond the immediate problem.

Key Areas

  1. Work with clients

To attend clients, to take instructions from them, to draft statements and to advise on points of procedure and basic points of law.

  1. Work with other agencies

To liaise with the Mental Health Act Office and other third parties.

  1. Administrative

To undertake administrative tasks relating to the work with clients.

  1. To assist in other areas of work as reasonably required by the Firm.
  1. To promote the full range of work in the department, particularly through links with relevant referring organisations.

This Job Description is not intended to be a complete and detailed statement of the responsibilities of the post.

The Post will be reviewed on an annual basis. The Post Holder will be invited to contribute to this review.



All essential

  1. Good communication skills, written and oral.
  2. Ability to work as a team member.
  3. Ability to work profitably and economically.
  4. Ability to interpret and analyse complex medical, social and legal evidence and to apply statute, regulation, case law and guidance to the facts of the client’s case.
  5. Strong research skills and the ability to consider critically how to use law to advance clients’ cases.
  6. Computer literate (experience with Microsoft and legal software is desirable). Ability to word process own documents.
  7. Good organisational skills.


  1. Experience of Mental Health Work (desirable).
  2. Experience of Court of Protection work (desirable).
  3. Involvement in administration (essential).
  4. Work with community or NfP organisations (desirable).


  1. Qualification related to law (desirable).
  2. Evidence of literacy and numeracy skills (essential).
  3. Current full driving licence (desirable).


  1. Evidence of a real interest in Mental Health law.
  2. Sympathy with ethical principles of the Firm.
  3. Resilience
  4. Tact
  5. Good interpersonal skills