Deputy Director of Legal & Information

Location
Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary
Up to £80,000
Posted
07 Dec 2018
Closes
07 Jan 2019
Practice area
Public law
Position
Solicitor
Contract type
Permanent

Ministry of Justice

Deputy Director of Legal & Information, Office of the Public Guardian

up to £80,000

Birmingham or Nottingham - Travel between the two OPG offices will be required, as will travel to other venues

This is an exciting high-profile role for an experienced legal professional to be part of the senior leadership of an organisation which makes a difference to vulnerable citizens.

This role provides key support to Public Guardian, who is appointed by the Lord Chancellor under Section 57 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA). As the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), the Public Guardian is personally responsible to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice for the effective operation of the agency, including the way the agency spends public money and manages its assets.

OPG was established in October 2007. We support and enable people to plan ahead for both their health and finances to be looked after should they lose capacity in the future. We also safeguard the interests of people who may lack the mental capacity to make certain decisions for themselves.

We are responsible for:

• registering lasting powers of attorney (LPA) and enduring powers of attorney (EPA)

• supervising deputies appointed by the Court of Protection (CoP)

• maintaining the public registers of deputies, LPAs and EPAs and respond to requests to search the registers

• investigating complaints, or allegations of abuse, made against deputies or attorneys acting under registered powers

 

The Legal and Information teams are split between our Birmingham and Nottingham offices.

The legal team currently consists of 6 lawyers, 4 trainee solicitors and 40 administrative staff. The Information team consists of 19 members of staff.

The Deputy Director of Legal and Information will ensure OPG is enabled and supported through:

• its legal provision and advice; and

• its information assurance function

to deliver its strategy, business objectives and plans to meet the needs of all its people, potential users, customers and stakeholders.

Qualifications

Applicants must be a solicitor or barrister qualified to practise in England and Wales.

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Benefits

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Allowances

Relocation costs will not be reimbursed.

Closing date: 7 January 2019.

 

https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?jcode=1611598

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