Capsticks is a leading provider of legal
services to the health, social care, housing and emergency services
sectors, as well as in the field of professional discipline. The
firm has a turnover of c£47m and around 550 staff - including 400
fee earners - across 5 offices nationally. We act for a wide range
of long standing clients in both the public and private sector,
including all forms of NHS organisations, governmental and
regulatory bodies, registered providers, insurers, police, fire and
rescue services, independent health and social care providers,
charities and GP practices.
Further details about the firm and the type
of work carried out can be found on our website at www.capsticks.com.
Our professional discipline team is ranked
in the top tier by the legal directories and is one of the largest
in the country. We act for a significant number of regulatory
bodies, primarily in the health sector but, increasingly, more
widely across a number of professional disciplines. Due to continued
growth, we are now seeking ambitious individuals to join either our
Birmingham or Leeds office to help us service clients both locally
The work largely involves presenting cases
but also requires 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
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. Hearings are usually contested and in the
majority of cases the registrants are represented, most often by
counsel. It is likely that there will also be opportunities to
appear in the High Court and the First Tier Tribunal on appeals from
decisions of the regulators. Depending on experience, there are
likely to be other advocacy opportunities arising from other aspects
of the department's work.
We are looking for advocates with
experience in fitness to practice, however, we will consider
applications from those with less experience who have for example,
practiced in the area of crime, and are looking for that next step up.
Capsticks is committed to recruiting the
best people to maintain its status as legal adviser of choice and,
whilst previous experience in the field of regulation and
professional discipline is strongly preferred, it is not essential.
Candidates will however be expected to be able to demonstrate at
interview that they are self-motivated and commercially minded, as
well as having good interpersonal skills and being able to work
effectively in teams.
This is a great opportunity to join a
friendly, dynamic and expanding team in a market leading firm with
the opportunity to influence and shape the ways the dispute advocacy
service evolves moving forwards.
Capsticks is an equal opportunities employer
Capsticks is committed to providing equal
opportunities for all and to encouraging diversity through
recruitment. Applications are welcome from all sections of the
community and decisions to progress will be made with reference to
entirely objective criteria only.
Capsticks is an agile firm and is open to
conversations about flexible working.
In 2020 Capsticks achieved a 1 star
accreditation from Best Companies, the specialists whose recognition
programme is the standard for workplace engagement. The Best
Companies accreditation is really important to Capsticks as it
focuses on the trust and value we place in our people, their
wellbeing and their careers.