A Day in the Life of Tom Battarbee (Mental Health Solicitor)

Most days I’m in a hospital in the North West representing a client at a Mental Health Tribunal/Managers Hearing/CPA meeting or visiting them in the run-up to a hearing.  My specialism is representing restricted patients, some of whom are very “high profile”, and I spend much of my time at Ashworth Hospital, one of the three high-secure units in the country.  It’s fantastic to see clients’ mental states improving, their risk reduced and their lives transformed.  Progress can be slow and inevitably there are challenges.  However, it’s incredibly rewarding to assist clients in identifying a pathway forward, to encourage them as they step down the security ladder and ultimately, to represent them before the Tribunal when it is wholly realistic to argue that continued detention in hospital is neither necessary nor appropriate

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About the role

You will work within our mental health team managing a caseload of mental health files representing clients detained under the MHA.  You will be expected to carry out the following tasks:

  • Meeting with clients across a wide range of hospital and community settings across the North West
  • Corresponding with professionals and family members
  • Reviewing reports and medical records
  • Advocacy before the First Tier Tribunal
  • Representing clients at Hospital Managers Hearings and other meetings.  

A full UK driving licence and access to a car is essential for this role. 

Salary – commensurate with experience together with an attractive package of benefits.

We have hybrid working arrangements in place which offers flexibility and great work/life balance. We offer great career progression and professional development. The salary is competitive and dependent on experience with a start date as soon as possible.

Why this role

This is an excellent opportunity for a proactive, motivated individual to join a friendly team.

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