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Legal Practitioner (Family & Civil Law)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Servic... - Mount Isa, QLD

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Purpose of the role
Provide high quality legal representation to clients in a busy team environment, in the Civil and Family Law jurisdictions.
This role allows a qualified and organised legal professional to provide enthusiastic and diligent service with administrative support staff. The majority of our client demand provides excellent opportunity in both jurisdictions, including Child Protection and Domestic Violence matters.
You will have frequent opportunity to provide expert casework assistance and information directly to clients, and to external stakeholders about client matters. You can rely on the State-wide resources of the Principal Legal Officer and the Directors of Law (Family and Civil) and your immediate legal team. The development of culturally competent legal services is inherent in this role, so you will likely achieve a degree of confidence in this specialist area.
A corporate services team based in Brisbane provides administrative, human resources and public relations support; locally, administration support with regional management ensures a knowledgeable office system.
Both our Brisbane and Regional Offices provide a rewarding social justice environment for service delivery which is achieved through one-to-one in person, by teleconference, phone and satellite, direct community visiting and at our offices.

Selection Criteria:
1. Val ue s: a lignment
to the values and vision of ATSILS and an appreciation of and sensitivity to
the challenges our clients have faced, and continue to face, in their fight for
and their right to justice and equity.
2. Qualifications: admission as a Legal Practitioner within the State of Queensland or holder of (or eligibility for immediate acquisition of) a current Practising Certificate, and be admitted as a Legal Practitioner or Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland (or be capable of immediate admission), and the Australian High Court.
3. Client service and file management: sound interpersonal and communication skills including a demonstrated ability to empathetically convey sound information or advice to clients individual and in groups, and to present written information, casework statistical reports, and online applications in concise, plain language using Windows Microsoft Office technology.
4. Core legal duties: e xperience (or an in-depth understanding) of both high level client services in Family and Civil Law proceedings (including casework relating to Child Protection and Domestic Violence Applications; plus casework relating to Civil Litigation generally, Anti-discrimination matters, Estates, and Consumer Protection type matters) while ensuring exemplary case management standards.
5. Confidence in and knowledge of legislation: a n in-depth working knowledge of key legislation, practices and procedures in the fields of Family Law (Family, Child Protection and Domestic Violence matters), and for Civil, a range of legislation such as the Succession Act , with a commitment to keeping up to date on law and procedure.
6. Access, teamwork and communication: p reparedness to work after hours if necessary; willingness to assist in the development of Court Support/Field Officers’ and other legal staff members’ training/education; sound interpersonal and communication skills.
1. Ability to use Microsoft Office in a Windows networked environment: ideally in current Windows with Microsoft Word, Outlook and (either) Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome internet browser(s), and an ability to use legal databases and shared internet-based calendars is highly regarded.

2. Mobility, access and safety:

  • a current Queensland Driver Licence and ability to drive in all reasonable conditions may be required for the role, dependent upon the location;
  • a willingness to undergo a Criminal Record Check to achieve a National Police Certificate (Australia-wide Disclosable Criminal History).
3. Minimum two (2) years post admission experience : is ideal. Graduates with a significant comprehension of the application of relevant legislation and employment experience may be afforded an interview.
4. Criminal Law: ability to assist the Regional Manager on duty lawyer matters during periods of demand is highly regarded.