We are looking to add a further Legal Adviser (a qualified and practising solicitor, barrister or Chartered Legal Executive) to our Cases Legal Team in London.
The Cases Legal Team provides legal advice and representation to MPS members in a range of non-claims matters, primarily in relation to Healthcare Regulatory cases (GMC, GDC and NMC), NHS Trust disciplinary proceedings and Inquests within England and Wales. Given the potential impact of these cases on a member’s career and reputation, we are focused on providing the most expert, trusted, and valued service. The work is plentiful, varied and intellectually stimulating with excellent opportunities for professional development.
We work collaboratively and as part of a multi-disciplinary case management team that includes Medicolegal Consultants (MLCs) and Dentolegal Consultants (DLCs), all of whom are qualified medical or dental practitioners.
Aside from casework, all in the team are empowered to develop broader commercial awareness and skills that may involve participating in training, project work and key stakeholder engagement.
The Legal Adviser is responsible for providing an internal legal resource for the handling of non-claims case types to include healthcare regulatory (GMC, GDC etc.) matters, inquests and Trust disciplinary cases.
This includes the provision of advice to members and internal stakeholders; preparing cases for hearings; and, where appropriate, representing or instructing barristers to represent our members at hearings before committees, tribunals and coroners.
As a Legal Adviser you will be responsible for managing your own caseload which is likely to be comprised of mostly GMC, GDC and / or inquest matters. You will work alongside and be supported by Legal Assistants in progressing your cases, which will require you to delegate and supervise the completion of tasks effectively.
You will report to and be line managed by a Lead Legal Adviser, who provides technical and operational management for Legal Advisers and Legal Assistants within the team.
Please refer to the Role Profile for the full description of responsibilities.
The Ideal Candidate
This role would suit a practising solicitor, barrister or Chartered Legal Executive with experience in managing a caseload of healthcare regulatory, inquest and / or disciplinary cases; ideally on behalf of a healthcare professional. Experience of doing your own advocacy at inquests would be a plus, as would be experience of representing healthcare professionals in Trust disciplinary (MHPS) cases.
We are looking for a strong communicator to interface with a range of stakeholders; someone who operates with tact and empathy, and always in the best interest of our members. Excellent time management skills are essential, as the nature of the work will often involve working to tight deadlines and without compromising on quality of service.
Using your commercial and risk thinking, you will seek to determine the most cost-effective way to see a case through to resolution. Although you will work with a large degree of autonomy, you shall be supported to succeed every step of the way by a fantastic team.
- Up to 15% discretionary annual bonus
- 11% pension contribution (3% from you, 8% from us optional additional matched 3% contributions, e.g. 6% from you, 11% from us)
- 25 days annual leave plus flexible bank holidays (option to buy/sell 5 days)
- Private Medical Cover
- Healthcare cash plan
- 6x salary death in service
- Paid volunteering day
- A personal GP service enabling you to get a video consultation with an NHS-registered, private GP
- Employee Assistance Programme
- A range of shopping discounts from major high-street retailers
About the Company
Medical Protection Society (MPS) is the world’s leading protection organisation for doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals. We protect and support the professional interests of almost 300,000 members around the world, in countries as diverse as the United Kingdom, South Africa and Hong Kong.
Our philosophy is to support safe practice in medicine and dentistry by helping to avert problems in the first place. We also actively campaign for regulatory and legal reforms that benefit members and the wider healthcare professions. Membership provides access to expert advice and support together with the right to request indemnity for complaints or claims arising from professional practice.
We continue to invest in our team to ensure that we are delivering the best possible service for members. This was recognised in 2016 when we were awarded an Investors in People Silver award.
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