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Assessor - Mental Capacity (Welfare)

The Law Society
London (Greater)
Closing date
5 Dec 2015
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Background – Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation 

  • The Law Society is currently developing a new accreditation following a number of high profile judgments, recent amendments to the Court of Protection rules and the positive results received from a consultation carried out with members. 
  • The Scheme would ensure the knowledge and expertise of those practitioners who represent vulnerable clients in the Court of Protection, notably the elderly and those lacking mental capacity. 
  • The accreditation will initially focus on health and welfare matters. 

Assessor Role Description

Job Purpose

  • Contribute to the development and ongoing management of the Law Society's individual accreditation scheme in England and Wales through assessing applications in accordance with the Society’s arrangements and requirements
  • Work collaboratively with Law Society staff, the chief assessor and other assessors to ensure that the technical requirements of the scheme are met and provide feedback, where necessary, in respect of the mode and level of assessment
  • Provide advice and guidance to Law Society staff in the ongoing operational management of the scheme, where requested
  • Support the overall business plan for the scheme and its implementation by the Accreditation and Product Management Teams


Key Accountabilities

  • Assessing applications in accordance with the Society’s arrangements and requirements. Assessments might include marking applications and assessment papers in accordance with the Society’s guidance and marking scheme and conducting interviews with other assessors   
  • Assist Law Society staff, upon request, in the development and ongoing management of the scheme
  • Attend training events in relation to the role of assessor
  • Provide assistance and support to Law Society staff, where necessary, on technical aspects of the accreditation


Knowledge, Skills & Experience


  • Established knowledge and practising experience in the area(s) of law covered by the accreditation scheme
  • Awareness of specific developments in legislation in England and Wales that may have an impact on the scheme
  • Ability to be objective and discuss issues constructively
  • Problem-solving skills to find solutions to problems that require a pragmatic or practical response
  • Articulate and strong written and verbal communicator
  • Excellent attention to detail and effective time management
  • IT literate

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