In-house Inquests and Regulatory Lawyer
Practice Plus Group (PPG), is one of the largest independent providers of hospital and healthcare services in the UK and proud to be at the forefront of developing new and exciting ways to support the nation's health.
Headquartered in Reading, the company's breadth of expertise includes NHS and private hospital treatment, delivering healthcare in the custodial settings, local GP surgeries, integrated urgent care, diagnostics and ophthalmology.
PPG has been creating a number of new roles in its growing legal team and, owing to the nature of the business, the company is able to offer in-house legal career opportunities to lawyers who typically aren't so well provided for when it come to opportunities outside law firms.
The legal team has created a new role for a lawyer with a criminal/regulatory and/or civil legal background and experience of representing interested parties at inquests and/or other fact-finding proceedings such as public inquiries.
Reporting to the Head Of Regulatory you'll share responsibility, with other members of the Legal Team, for representing PPG at inquests including managing individual cases and everything from preparation to advocacy.
Responsibilities include liaising with clinical professionals, HM Coroners, police, witnesses and experts; drafting witness statements; reporting on case management and providing advice and support to staff many of whom may never have been involved in proceedings such as this before.
Initially, advocacy is likely to be focused on pre-inquest reviews and administrative hearings, with scope to advance to full hearings when appropriate, depending upon how much experience you have to date.
You will attend all inquests for which you are responsible and will make decisions on how to manage your caseload, which will include instructing external solicitors and barristers. Additionally, you will find yourself responding to requests for advice from the business on a day-to-day basis around duties of care in a variety of situations and scope exists for further career advancement and diversification of skills within the legal team over time.
The legal team works remotely and travel to Reading and/or London would be expected around once a month for team meetings. Since PPG has a wide national presence, you would also be expected to travel to inquests in a variety of different towns and cities.
To be of interest, you must be a qualified solicitor, barrister or legal executive who has received excellent training and criminal, regulatory or civil litigation experience in a law firm, government department or local authority where the preparation for, and representation at, inquests is a regular part of your role.
Applications are encouraged if you've worked on inquests as a lesser part of a more varied legal role. However, you must enjoy advocacy since this is a core responsibility.
To be successful in the role, you'll need to be a technically capable and versatile individual with a strict eye for detail and a practical mindset. Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement skills are key, coupled with emotional intelligence, supportiveness and an obvious level of intellectual curiosity.
PPG offers a competitive salary and benefits package including a car allowance.
For a confidential discussion about this role please get in touch with Andy Balmer at Florit Legal.
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