Legal Adviser, Private Client, Court of Protection


Based at any of our Sussex offices and at home


Legal Adviser, Private Client, Court of Protection

Let us introduce ourselves

Mayo Wynne Baxter has over 200 staff and Partners across our Sussex offices and have been providing advice to the people of Sussex and beyond for over 150 years. We are proud of our heritage and our strong reputation in Sussex, but we have clients based across the globe. you will be joining a firm that prides itself on delivering exceptional service to our clients and to each other, in a friendly and supportive way.

We believe that we are stronger together and that our differences make us strong. We know that we are all more effective and perform at our best when we can completely be ourselves, and that the more diverse perspectives we have, the more we are able to learn, grow and thrive.

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.

Meet the Private Client team

Our Private team comprises of 22 solicitors and Legal Advisers who act for a broad range of clients. Like the rest of the firm, we are pursuing an ambitious growth strategy over the next 3 years having joined Ampa – the UK’s leading group of legal and professional services companies in 2022.

As a result of this merger, our clients now have access to more than 900 experts across the group. These include new service areas such as planning, cyber security, data protection and risk management, to name a few.

Find out more about the team here.

The opportunity

This is an exceptional opportunity for a Private Client Solicitor/Legal Adviser with particular court of protection experience to assist in the management of a busy caseload comprising of complex matters including: acquired brain injuries; mental health issues; learning difficulties and the elderly.

The caseload consists of deputyship applications; disputed Lasting Powers of Attorney; lifetime gifting and advance decisions and Statutory Wills.

These cases typically involve higher asset levels making it complex and varied work for a person with a keen eye for detail.

We are looking to speak to individuals with varying levels of post qualification experience advising in this area who will have experience of responding to telephone enquiries from clients, supporting daily financial administration, making deputyship applications, preparing annual deputyship reports as well as producing financial reports and budgets.

It is envisaged that this will be a full time role but we are always willing to consider different working patterns.

We are looking for someone with ambition and drive to join our team.

Your key duties will be

• to handle a caseload of matters relating to the court of protection
• working closely with a range of clients to provide fast and pragmatic advice
• working with marketing strategies to attract new clients and developing relationships with current clients
• assisting in development opportunities within Mayo Wynne Baxter and externally
• assisting senior team members and delegating appropriate work to paralegals

Skills and experience you will have:

• relevant experience working in a private client department
• some knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act
• ability to manage your workload, knowing when to delegate and when to request additional input, to provide the best client service
• an understanding of clients as our business partners & the importance of knowing what is key for them
• a willingness to engage in business development
• ambition, leadership capability and vision to work as a team to grow the business

Key competencies you will need: How we work

• a high degree of initiative and the ability to cope in a demanding environment
• excellent organisational and prioritising skills
• the ability to work in a busy but very supportive team
• excellent communication skills
• able to demonstrate empathy and compassion

How we work

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work.

We appreciate that people have different needs and preferences, and we’re keen to be flexible, after all, we value what you do, not where you do it.

We have offices in hubs in Crawley, East Grinstead, Lewes, Brighton, Eastbourne, Seaford, Peacehaven, Storrington and Chichester. This role will require you to attend different offices from time to time and can encompass some home working.

Equal opportunities

MWB encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to join our team. We seek to engage a diverse workforce, focusing on inclusivity and fair treatment for all.

We oppose all forms of discrimination and promote equality of opportunity in everything we do.

We can make reasonable adjustments for applicants and employees with a disability so please let us know about any specific needs and requirements you have.

To apply

Please contact Tom Biddle