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Senior Solicitor(s), Criminal Law (Relief)

Flexible location - NSW/ACT  |  Full-time  |  Fixed-term (12 months)

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to provide high quality legal advice and representation to clients and to assist them to resolve their legal problems. Demonstrate your leadership by mentoring and supporting less experienced practitioners at varied ALS locations. 

Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.

This role would suit an experienced Criminal Law Solicitor, with mobility to travel to a selected range of ALS offices and stay for potentially a number of weeks at a time providing criminal law relief assistance and practice oversight.


About the ALS

Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.


About the role

The primary responsibility of the Senior Solicitor, Criminal Law Practice is to travel to various ALS offices across NSW and the ACT to provide criminal law relief assistance at those locations. When not required for relief assistance, the success applicant will be based out of an ALS office and will provide criminal law services as part of the local practice.

Your skills and experience

  • 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 3 years’ experience in Criminal Law
  • In-depth knowledge, understanding and of the Criminal Law, including practice and procedure
  • Willingness and ability to travel to remote and regional ALS offices to provide criminal law relief services when required, including the ability to be based out of these locations for a number of weeks 
  • Current unrestricted NSW Drivers Licence and a willingness to drive in metropolitan and country locations, travel interstate, and stay overnight or longer.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills combined with strong time management, interpersonal, legal research and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work autonomously within a criminal law environment, meet conflicting deadlines and manage a busy workload
  • Ability to display sound judgment and proven capacity to provide high quality legal representation and advice to Aboriginal clients
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload, together with high level conceptual, analytical and research skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the effective implementation of Workplace Health & Safety and Ethical and Diversity practices in the workplace


How to apply


Applications for this position close at COB Tuesday 8 August 2023.


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