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Solicitor – the North & North West Community Legal Service

Solicitor (full-time)

About the North & North West Community Legal Service

The North & North West Community Legal Service is a not-for-profit organisation operating as a generalist community legal service. Based in Armidale, NSW, we provide legal assistance in the north and northwest region of NSW, completing regular circuits to Tamworth, Tenterfield, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Wee Waa, Moree, Inverell, Walcha, and Glen Innes. Our Service provides free legal advice, assistance, and support to people who have the least access to the legal system and the least power to help themselves. We also conduct community legal education sessions in the region, speaking on various topics such as family law, the importance of having a will, debt and credit problems, and many more. The aim is to raise people’s awareness of their legal rights and responsibilities and to help prevent issues arising in the future.

Our small, tight-knit team work to provide our regional communities with assistance in:

  • Family law issues (excluding property settlement matters);
  • Criminal matters;
  • Domestic violence cases;
  • Consumer complaints;
  • Credit and debt issues;
  • Discrimination;
  • Employment law;
  • Youth issues;
  • Victim compensation;
  • Wills, Power of Attorney, and Enduring Guardianships;
  • Neighbourhood disputes;
  • Apprehended Personal Violence Orders; and
  • Care and protection.

The Role

We are seeking a Solicitor to join our Service. Applicants should demonstrate well-developed experience in legal practice, preferably with experience in family law and domestic violence cases. The successful applicant will be required to provide comprehensive legal advice, community legal education, and training to clients. They should maintain a teamwork approach at all times, contributing to a positive and supportive work environment.

Selection Criteria

Our ideal candidate will meet the following selection criteria:

Essential

  • Hold, or be eligible to hold, a Practicing Certificate as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW;
  • Two (2) years post admission experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake legal work relevant to disadvantaged clients including Family,
  • Civil, Employment, Criminal Law, and Welfare Rights;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct appropriate case and file management;
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise student volunteers;
  • Knowledge, or ability to acquire such knowledge, of all relevant professional practice requirements (e.g. Professional Indemnity Insurance, legal practice legislation) as they relate to the operations of the Legal Service;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and understand issues affecting disadvantaged clients and communities’ access to social justice;
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities, organise, and manage workloads;
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain records, seek out, gather, and analyse existing information on all issues relevant to the position;
  • Capacity to work in a community-based, team environment;
  • Capacity to work with clients with intellectual disabilities, clients from Indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds, and clients from other disadvantaged circumstances;
  • Knowledge of issues relating to service delivery in rural context/outreach work;
  • Knowledge of philosophies pertaining to Community Legal Centres;
  • Demonstrated computer literacy, including word processing and Internet based research;
  • A current unencumbered NSW Drivers Licence;

Desirable

Family law and domestic violence client experience.

Enquiries and Applications

For a confidential discussion, and to obtain the Candidate Information Book, please contact the consultant assisting with the recruitment process, Ms Bronwyn Pearson, on 1300 856 231. For all email enquiries and applications, please send to jobs@pinnaclepeoplesolutions.com.au

Closing date for applications: 29 August 2017