About the role
We are seeking a generalist solicitor who also has expertise in Family Law, for a 12-month maternity leave contract. You will be part of a friendly and dedicated team, delivering telephone legal advice, information, referral, casework and legal representation to community members who are unable to afford private legal services. You will also be involved in providing the community and community workers with legal information through legal seminars, training, resources and guidance.
About the role
Our legal team is based at Liverpool, together with our head office staff, and provides outreach legal services at partners’ offices and at courts around South West Sydney. The core legal team consists of nine solicitors, one of whom manages our community legal education and engagement programs, and two professional support staff.
The successful applicant will have advanced litigation, advocacy and advice experience in Family Law, including representing clients in the family dispute resolution context. Additionally, the successful applicant will have the proficiency to provide advice, casework and representation in some other areas of law e.g. civil, criminal, traffic, employment. The solicitor will also have the ability to design and deliver plain language legal based education and information workshops.
Applicants must have a commitment to social justice and demonstrated ability to engage effectively with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.
The preferred applicant will be required to undergo a Working with Children Check and a National Police Records Check.
About the organisation
About South West Sydney Legal Centre
South West Sydney Legal Centre (SWSLC) is a not for profit, community legal centre. We deliver legal services to facilitate access to justice for disadvantaged people in South West Sydney including specialised legal services for victim-survivors of DFV. We also provide information, court support, referral and casework to victim-survivors of DFV through government funded DFV services. Our DFV services cover LGAs in South West Sydney and Central Sydney.
SWSLC uses a multidisciplinary model bringing together lawyers, social workers, and community workers to provide trauma-informed, client-centred and culturally safe legal assistance and DFV support services to clients. Services are provided through phone support and face-to-face services in our offices, at courts and through outreach services and community engagement. SWSLC has offices in Liverpool, Bankstown, Smithfield and Sydney.
How to apply
- Visit our website https://swslc.org.au/contact/work-with-us/ for a copy of the position description, essential and desirable criteria and instructions on how to apply.
- Send your covering letter, resume and a document detailing how your skills and experience meet the essential and desirable criteria to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please address the essential criteria in full. Applications that do not address the essential criteria will not be considered.
Please quote in application: Generalist Solicitor-Family Law Focus (Maternity leave position) via Pro Bono Australia.