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Practice Legal Director

Organisation : Disability Law Queensland

Location : Brisbane (Newmarket)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Legal

Sector : Disabilities

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 30 Oct, 2021

About the role

Are you someone who has a passion for social justice and improving the quality of life of people with a disability? Want to work for a not-for-profit that places high value on reflective practice and professional development and can bring creative problem-solve skills to find solutions to complex systemic barriers?

Disability Law Queensland (‘DLQ’) believes in making justice accessible for all. We strive to protect and improve the lives of people with disability and their families by offering client-centric legal services.

The role of Legal Practice Director exists to establish and enable a company culture which will deliver on the objects of the company: 

  1. to assist people with disabilities and their families to plan for the future, assert their rights and access justice; 
  2. to support the work of Mamre by furthering the access and support of people with disability and their families with complementary legal and advocacy services 
  3. to be a community legal centre.

The opportunity

By joining the DLQ team, you’ll be helping to build rich, meaningful, and inclusive lives for people with disability and their families. We take pride in serving the community, with its unique concerns, and we prioritise our clients’ needs at every step. We provide Trusts and Estates Planning for people with disability who do not have capacity to manage their own assets. This help people with a disability manage their finances and it establishes financial safeguards that minimise exploitation and financial abuse.

About the role

We are looking for an experienced Legal Practitioner to head up our Company and be the main Estate Planning Lawyer.

This dynamic person will deliver positive outcomes in the growing business by:

  • providing complex advice to people with a disability and their families, while overseeing advice and reviewing the file work of more junior members of the team
  • providing an outstanding level of service and preparing accurate documents will be complemented by your ability to demonstrate empathy for clients who may be experiencing significant challenges
  • using active listening skills, time management and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, high volume environment to balance competing client needs with process and to identify and act upon urgent matters. You will work within a close knit and collaborative team and will contribute constructively to our supportive team environment
  • conducting legal research and prepare high level legal and related policy advice on matters relating to (but not limited to) estate planning, human rights and discrimination law.
  • building strong relationships with clients, providing updates and options within a timely manner, ensuring a positive client experience
  • representing DLQ at court, tribunals, meetings and seminars as required.
  • maintaining office standards for timeliness, confidentiality and matter management.

What you’ll need

  • Legal qualifications and current principles practicing certificate.
  • Minimum of five years post admission experience as a lawyer or equivalent experience.
  • Passion for providing quality estate planning services to people with a disability and their families.
  • Well-developed technical skills in Estate Planning & Succession Law
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct (or assist in the conduct of) litigious matters, prepare high level legal submissions and act as advocate or instructing lawyer in legal proceedings before superior courts. 
  • Demonstrated oral, written and organisational skills of a high order.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work efficiently and effectively within, and contribute creatively to, a small team.

Desirable:

  • Providing legal advice to people with disability and their families. 
  • Human Rights & Antidiscrimination experience
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct legal research and provide accurate, high level legal and policy advice in a timely and efficient manner.

Mamre Association Inc. (‘Mamre’) is the founding member of DLQ and together, operate in a collaborative and respectful manner to achieve successful outcomes for both DLQ and Mamre.

By working at Disability Law Queensland you agree to:

  • Personify DLQ & Mamre values daily in all experiences and interactions with clients.
  • Contribute towards a healthy workplace culture by aligning behaviour to DLQ values.
  • Be a positive DLQ representative.
  • Proactively contribute to identifying personal training and development needs.
  • Promote equal opportunity, inclusion and non-discrimination in the workplace.
  • Respond sensitively to various cultures, diversity, values and beliefs.
  • Contribute effectively to continuous improvement.
  • Contribute effectively to the identification, removal and reduction of workplace risks and hazards to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

Join the team

To apply, please click the “Apply” button below.

Attach a copy of your CV and a cover letter detailing your experience against the role and why you would like to join the team at DLQ. 

For further enquiries about the position, please contact Amena Reza on (07) 3622 1222.

Please visit www.dlq.org.au [link removed] to find out more about DLQ’s history, values, and who we work with.   

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Disability Law Queensland

We believe in making your world a little better every day. Our legal services are tailored with inclusivity at the fore and our values are inherent at every level of the business. We take pride in serving a vulnerable community – with its unique concerns – and we prioritise your needs at every step.

How to apply

Attach a copy of your CV and a cover letter detailing your experience against the role and why you would like to join the team at DLQ and email admin@dlq.org.au

For further enquiries about the position, please contact Amena Reza on (07) 3622 1222.

Please visit www.dlq.org.au [link removed] to find out more about DLQ’s history, values, and who we work with.   

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Please quote in application: Practice Legal Director via Pro Bono Australia.


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