Senior Solicitor - Broken Hill

Senior Solicitor – Broken Hill

Full-time Permanent

Package Details

  • Full time permanent role
  • Base salary of between $93,910 to $99,917 depending on experience + Super
  • Option to salary sacrifice up to $15,900 per FBT year (21/22) from before tax salary
  • Remote working allowance of $5,000 per annum

About the ALS

The ALS is a public company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

We aim 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.

Benefits of working with us

We offer a diverse, inclusive, and supportive work environment, where you can develop and grow. 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 and additional leave entitlements. 

About the role

Primary purpose of this role is to:

  • Provide high quality legal advice and representation to clients and to assist them to resolve their legal problems.
  • Provide high quality appearances and act as advocate in: List work; Short matters; Defended Hearings; Committal Proceedings; District Court Appeals and Sentences; District Court Trials (instructing counsel and appearing as an advocate in consultation with supervisors) and Coronial Inquests.
  • Prepare and research representation of Aboriginal clients in criminal matters and prepare briefs for counsel and attend to instructing counsel as directed.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare and research representation of Aboriginal clients in criminal matters and prepare briefs for counsel and attend to instructing counsel as directed.
  • Demonstrate continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities, and staff; as an employee of the ALS, continue to learn about the customs and history of local Aboriginal people.
  • Maintain all files in an orderly and professional manner, including the recording of all data on the file cover required for statistical purposes.
  • As directed, act as a mentor to more junior solicitors regarding law and procedure and the operations of the ALS.
  • Work as a collaborative team member with all other legal, field, and administrative staff to achieve effective co-ordination in your office. This will involve good negotiation and communication skills and, at times, will require you to assist, guide and support field and administrative staff.
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant criminal law legislation, case law and court procedures.
  • Assist with the development of submissions on law reform and represent the ALS at meetings, conference and seminars as requested.
  • Provide and record referrals for clients to assist them in resolving their legal matters.
  • As directed, oversee the allocation of work and management of workloads including briefing and assignment of work to external legal representatives and the implementation of policies and procedures for those functions.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders and develop and maintain inter-agency relationships covering legal and law enforcement related jurisdictions.
  • Ensure all policies and practices are ethical and comply with the ALS’s policies and workplace health and safety legislation and promote the establishment of equal employment and access in accordance with agreed statutory policy.

What you’ll bring to the role

To be successful in this position you will need to demonstrate:

  • 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 Practicing Certificate with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in Criminal Law.
  • In-depth knowledge, understanding and of the Criminal Law, including practice and procedure.
  • 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 demanding 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

Desirable Criteria

  • Current valid unrestricted NSW Driver’s licence and a willingness to drive in metropolitan and country locations, travel intrastate and stay overnight or longer.

How to apply

Please CLICK HERE to download the application package for this position. Please submit the completed application package to Curtis Penning, A/Deputy Principal Solicitor (Regional) at  [email protected]

Applications for this position close at midnight, Wednesday 29 June 2022

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