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Position vacant: Principal Solicitor – Inner City Legal Centre

Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) is searching for a solicitor who is passionate about the legal rights of the residents of Sydney’s inner city and LGBTIQ (lesbian gay bisexual transgender, intersex and Queer) and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in NSW.

ICLC is a dynamic community legal centre in Kings Cross committed to improving access to justice for disadvantaged groups. ICLC has a strong history of casework, law reform and advocacy on discrimination, human rights, crime and other areas of law affecting individuals.

The Principal Solicitor is responsible for the operation of the Centre’s legal practice, supervises the Centre’s other lawyers and works closely with the Centre Director, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Centre. ICLC is looking for an experienced solicitor with demonstrated skills in legal practice and working successfully with marginalised individuals. Experience in court-based advocacy, supervision of other lawyers and ability to work in a small and dynamic team is highly desirable.

Salary is in the range of $111,567 to $116,118 depending on skills and experience (with packaging of up to $16,000).

The Centre has been operating remotely during COVID restrictions but is returning to normal operations and this position will be based at the Centre in Kings Cross

For position documentation and the Selection Criteria, go to www.iclc.org.au/news. Enquiries: Centre Director, vicki@iclc.org.au or 02 9332 1966.

Only applications specifically addressing each selection criteria will be considered. Email applications to the above address by 9am Monday 10 August 2020.

 

Job Description

Position Title: Principal Solicitor

Status: Full time

Hours per week: 35 hours (5 days) per week, subject to 6 month probation

Salary: Between $111,567 and $116,118 (Level 8 SCHADS above award, ICLC Enterprise Agreement & ICLC Contract of Employment)*

Accountable to:  The ICLC Board of Management for legal practice matters and the Centre Director for all other matters.

Inner City Legal Centre encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

The Role

The ICLC Principal Solicitor supervises the legal practice of ICLC, working closely with the Centre Director who manages the day-to-day operations. The Principal Solicitor is to ensure that ICLC clients receive appropriate, correct and high quality legal advice in a timely fashion, and that all practice records are properly and diligently kept and procedures are followed according to statutory and professional-indemnity requirements. The Principal Solicitor works closely with the Centre Director to ensure that the legal practice operates consistently with the broader strategic objectives, operations and target areas of the ICLC, and to mobilise sufficient resources to support a high quality legal practice.

 

Duties

Casework

  • Provide legal advice, information and referrals to ICLC clients in relation to a broad range of legal issues.
  • Undertake casework and litigation in relation to priority areas of law (as identified by ICLC Strategic Plan) with particular reference to discrimination, human rights, domestic violence, employment, family law, fines and related poverty law matters.
  • Ensure that all statutory and risk management requirements are fully met and adhered to.
  • Supervise and support volunteer solicitors during volunteer advice sessions (each Tuesday and/or Wednesday evening), as well as day-time volunteer solicitors and junior and/or project work employed solicitors.

Administration and record keeping

  • In cooperation with other staff members maintain records, statistics and client files to ensure that ICLC maintains a high quality legal practice.
  • In conjunction with other staff, assist in ICLC day to day operations including administration and reception tasks as needed.
  • Provide support and supervision for the legal work of ICLC employed solicitors, and for volunteers including solicitors on the Tuesday or Wednesday advice nights’ roster and law students on day shifts.

Community Legal Education (CLE)

  • In conjunction with other staff and the Board identify legal needs of ICLC’s client groups, and develop projects in response to those needs.
  • Undertake and report to the Centre Director on community legal education (CLE) in line with the ICLC Strategic.
  • Plan, including the delivery of seminars, preparation and distribution of resources and authorisation of media releases.

Organisational and strategic matters

  • Attend monthly Board Meetings and report to and take direction from the ICLC Board regarding legal practice operations and related statutory requirements.
  • Adhere to the policies and procedures of ICLC.
  • Participate in appropriate staff development opportunities including conferences and seminars.
  • Participate in relevant community and networks, CLCNSW committees on behalf of ICLC as required.
  • Participate in law reform projects consistent with ICLC’s strategic plan and priority areas as agreed with the Centre Director.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and convene weekly casework meetings.

 

* Superannuation and annual leave loading is paid in addition to this. ICLC is a flexible workplace offering time in lieu options and a paid Christmas closure of 2 weeks on top of 4 weeks annual leave. In addition to this salary packaging options may mean a tax saving of up to $6,000 per annum.

 

Selection Criteria  

Essential

  1. Eligible to hold an unrestricted practicing certificate in New South Wales, with an excellent record of client service.
  2. Demonstrated capacity to undertake casework (including litigation and advocacy), particularly for marginalised individuals/groups.
  3. Demonstrated experience in sound legal practice management and implementing appropriate risk management strategies.
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills, (including ability to communicate sensitively with clients and work well in a small team) as well as excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Ability to supervise the legal work of: other lawyers; Practical Legal Training (PLT) students; and volunteer solicitors
  6. Well developed legal research skills, particularly the use of relevant online resources.
  7. Knowledge of community resources and organisations relevant to the needs of ICLC clients.
  8. Experience of successfully working within a CLC or similar community/government organisation.

Desirable

  1. Experience working with LGBTIQ, migrant, Indigenous and other marginalised communities
  2. Experience in discrimination, criminal law, domestic violence, family law, employment law and/or other related legal areas.