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Senior Trial Advocate - Criminal Law

Redfern  |  Full-time  |  Fixed-term contract (10 months) 

The Aboriginal Legal Service is offering an exciting opportunity to oversee and manage the ALS Trial Practice. 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 as a career progression opportunity to demonstrate and build management and mentoring skills.


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 Trial Advocate is to oversee the ALS Trial Practice by participating in the management of trial advocates, including their workload allocations, and to provide guidance and support to staff in the more complex and difficult criminal cases. 

Key accountabilities include: 

  • Develop and provide training and mentoring for trial and other senior advocates
  • Support and oversee the management of a state-wide trial recording & reporting system
  • Support and manage the EAGP reporting obligations of the ALS and the associated budgetary and funding allocations
  • Actively engage as a mentor to trial advocates and other less experienced solicitors regarding law and procedure and assist them in the preparation of their matters
  • Appear in the more complex and difficult criminal cases across all jurisdictions
  • Represent Aboriginal clients before the criminal justice system in the Local, Children’s, District and other courts or tribunals as directed by your supervisor

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 5 years' experience in a Criminal Law practice
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the legal representation of Aboriginal clients in criminal matters and capacity to brief and instruct Counsel
  • Demonstrated management and supervision skills within a legal practice
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to provide quality representation in a high-volume work environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to conduct community legal education and to prepare court documents, correspondence, submissions and other written materials
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work without supervision and manage a diverse workload, together with high level conceptual, analytical and research skills
  • Provide leadership and support to team members through regular and meaningful communication of ALS operating and strategic plans, operational needs; agree and set performance goals and development plans; monitor and support expected performance; manage leave and team resourcing; allocates and reviews tasks

How to apply

Please apply promptly, as we may shortlist and/or interview within the vacancy period.

Applications for this position close at COB Tuesday 14 March 2023.


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