Lawyer – Clinical Negligence

Salary: Negotiable
Location: Weightmans LLP, Birmingham
Closing Date: Until role is filled

Following our recent successful re-appointment to the NHS Resolution panel, and influx of new instructions for local NHS Trusts and GPs, our team is growing, and we are looking for healthcare lawyers at all levels to join us. The successful candidates will have an opportunity to work on a variety of defendant clinical negligence claims at all stages of the claims and litigation process, ranging from multi million pound/liability disputed cases to novel Human Rights Act and Data Protection Act disputed issues. There is also scope for candidates to work on national projects involving patient safety, product development, innovation, fraud, governance and to train clients in all areas of our work.   All successful candidates will be supported to grow and develop their careers within our clearly defined promotion process.

Key responsibilities

  • Specialise in acting on behalf of NHS Litigation Authority and NHS Trusts, protecting their interests
  • Manage a case load of litigated and pre-litigated clinical negligence cases
  • Conduct relevant investigations in order to repudiate and/or conclude the claim
  • Liaise with various parties such as claimants and their solicitors, clients, counsel, experts etc.
  • Achieve financial and chargeable targets
  • Demonstrate strong advocacy skills, and have the necessary flexibility to offer support in the handling of civil claims.
  • Assist the Team Manager and other team members with their cases, client development, client training, networking and potentially public speaking where required
  • Control Case Manager diary, key dates and action lists
  • Draft various documents to include SLA reports and pleadings
  • Perform billing duties
  • Satisfy standards of client care in accordance with client SLA and Team manager guidelines and directions
  • Complete Client MI procedures
  • Comply with relevant rules, policies and procedures
  • Keep up to date with legal developments
  • Contribute to profile-raising and business development initiatives

 This list is not intended to be exhaustive and you will be expected to perform other duties and have other responsibilities that fall within the wider remit of the role.

  • Qualified solicitor 4YR + PQE
  • Experience of defending high value and complex litigated and pre lit clinical negligence claims, preferably involving experience of working for the NHS and/or private healthcare sector
  • Demonstrable experience in the healthcare sector
  • Excellent technical ability and knowledge of CPR
  • Strong and effective communication skills
  • Disciplined time management and organisational skills
  • Capacity to rigorously investigate and analyse evidence
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritise
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines and targets
  • Ability to adhere to client protocols
  • Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative
  • Flexible approach
  • Experience of training, supervising and developing junior team members would be an advantage

Please contact John Seaforth, Recruitment Adviser at Weightmans LLP for more information or to apply:

Tel: 0345 073 9900 /ext 133332
DDI: 01512439545

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