Senior Regulatory Solicitor/Barrister
Senior Regulatory Solicitor/Barrister - A Senior Regulatory Solicitor/Barrister is required by a
professional discipline team, ranked in the top-tier by the legal directories and is one of the largest in the country based in the law firm's leeds office. The firm act for a significant number of regulatory bodies, primarily in the health sector but, increasingly, more widely across a number of professional disciplines. They are now seeking an ambitious individual to join their growing Leeds office and to help to build and develop the practice in the North of England, servicing clients both locally and nationally. A genuine interest in business development is therefore essential as is a willingness to be part of an ambitious and forward looking team.
The Senior Regulatory Solicitor/Barrister will be managing an investigatory caseload where it is alleged that the registrant's fitness to practise is impaired through misconduct, competence or health issues and preparing those cases for hearings before panels and committees of the relevant regulators. The Senior Regulatory Solicitor/Barrister role is varied, challenging and rewarding and the cases cover everything from large-scale fraud or multi-patient clinical failings through to inappropriate sexualised behaviour.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
· Prepare the case plan at the outset of the case;
· Prepare advice on procedural or evidential issues;
· Correspond with the defence;
· Ensure that all factual evidence required to prove the allegations is obtained;
· Are the key point of contact for all witnesses;
· Interview key witnesses in complex cases or if the witness deals with novel or sensitive issues or
is a vulnerable witness; · Supervise witness statements taken by paralegals;
· Instruct experts and identify if any amendments are necessary to the expert report;
· Prepare instructions to counsel (both our internal advocates and the external bar);
· Attend conferences with counsel;
· Ensure that all action points following the conference are completed; · Either draft the charge or review the draft charge against the evidence if drafted by counsel;
· Carry out disclosure of unused material;
· Liaise with the defence in the run up to the hearing;
· Supervise the preparation of the hearing bundle by the paralegal;
· Attend hearing at outset only, unless there are legal issues or problems with the case;
· Seek instructions from the client on any issues that arise in the course of the hearing;
· Prepare final reports at the conclusion of a case;
· Present cases to Practice Committees/Interim Orders Committees.
As a Barrister, advocacy typically involves interim and substantive hearings. This includes shorter more straightforward hearings as well as more complex cases such as sexual misconduct, dishonesty allegations/ fraud and serious instances of deficient professional performance. To meet this client need, they are looking to grow the barrister team to present cases before regulatory clients. It is likely that there will also be opportunities to appear in the High Court on appeals from decisions of the regulators.
Salary dependent upon experience