Intermediate Solicitor - Family Law, Care & Protection Practice


Family Law - Care & Protection Practice - Newcastle 

Temporary Fulltime position until 30 June 2022


About The ALS

The ALS aims to provide culturally appropriate information and referral, legal advice and court representation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children in NSW and ACT.

The ALS is committed to achieving justice for Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal community. The ALS remains committed to being community focussed; being fearless in our advocacy; accountable and ethical and aiming to make a difference to create better futures; while also acknowledging and respecting Aboriginal traditional values and cultural practices.

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT Limited (ALS) is a public company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.


About the role

The primary objective is to deliver culturally appropriate legal advice and representation to clients in Care & Protection/Family Law including early intervention and outreach services, community legal education and referrals.   The position reports to the Managing Solicitor and typical responsibilities would include:

  • Providing considered, independent, balanced and professional legal advice
  • Balancing the requirements of a busy caseload
  • Researching, preparing and providing representation for Aboriginal and TSI clients in legal matters and preparing briefs for counsel and attend to instructing counsel
  • Maintaining an up to date knowledge of  diverse range of emerging legal issues, case law and court procedures
  • Maintaining and enhancing professional competence, keeping abreast of legal development, changes in ALS policies, systems, guidelines, practices and community needs
  • Communicating with, taking instructions from, and effectively representing Aboriginal clients in court who may present as distressed, when the legal concepts involved may be complex and difficult for the client to understand, or when the circumstances of the legal matter and possible result could lead to separation from family
  • Supervising and mentoring junior solicitors

Essential Criteria

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities and staff.
  • Legal qualifications and a NSW Practising Certificate with a minimum of 2 years’ experience in court advocacy in the relevant area of practice
  • Commitment to the principles of social justice and demonstrated ability to represent Aboriginal clients 
  • Knowledge of Family Law, including practice and procedure
  • Proven capacity to identify and understand legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Demonstrated ability to supervisor and mentor junior staff
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload
  • Excellent analytical and research skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A willingness and ability to travel to regional, metropolitan and interstate locations for work purposes

How to apply

To download the application package for this role please click here

Please submit your written application to Brittany Tilden, Regional Area Coordinator [email protected].

Only candidates with completed application packages will be considered.

Applications for this position close at 5 pm 2 November 2021.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Solicitors are encouraged to apply.

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