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Managing Civil Lawyer - Be a part of one of Australia's most dynamic, diverse and challenging legal practices.

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
Date Published: 03 Feb 2017
Legal Full Time
NFP No salary information listed.
Legal Practice Management Darwin NT 0800, Australia
Managing Civil Lawyer - Be a part of one of Australia's most dynamic, diverse and challenging legal practices.
  • Demonstrated leadership, management and cross cultural skills
  • Substantial practice experience in civil law
  • Strong commitment to public interest law

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

The Managing Civil Solicitor reports to the Principal Legal Officer

 

DUTIES

To assist the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Legal Officer in obtaining, coordinating and effective use of resources in servicing the Civil Law section. 

 

  1. To ensure efficient and effective civil law services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Top End.
  2. To lead a diverse team of legal and non legal staff in the Darwin and Katherine offices, including through providing an ethical and supportive environment.
  3. Directly supervise legal staff including effective performance management.
  4. Provide high quality advice on civil law issues to clients and internally to the Principal Legal Officer as required.
  5. Identify issues that cause disadvantage to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the civil justice system and to assist NAAJA through the Principal Legal Officer to respond to those issues through strategic litigation, advocacy and law reform.
  6. Work co-operatively as part of a team to help achieve the goals identified in NAAJA’s Strategic Plan, including through work with NAAJA’s Criminal, Law and Justice and Throughcare Managers.
  7. Represent NAAJA externally as required, and build strong relationships with NAAJA’s key stakeholders.
  8. Participate in all Management, staff and team meetings as required.
  9. Other duties as directed.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. Admission (or eligibility for admission) as a legal practitioner in the Northern Territory with a minimum of 5 years post-admission experience in civil law.
  2. Demonstrated ability as a manager of staff and resources in a complex legal environment including leadership skills of a high standard.
  3. Experience in the development, maintenance and review of effective office and risk management systems in the context of a legal practice.
  4. Substantial legal experience (including litigation) and sound knowledge of the following areas of law:
    1. discrimination and equal opportunity
    2. child protection
    3. administrative law
    4. tenancy
    5. consumer protection including consumer credit
    6. tort including intentional torts
  1. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the Top End.
  2. Good time management and organisational skills including demonstrated capacity to perform under pressure and ability to effectively handle high volume workloads within tight deadlines.
  3. Ability to identify policy/law reform issues of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Northern Territory through community consultation and analysis of the casework experience of NAAJA and other agencies.
  4. An understanding of the underlying issues giving rise to the disadvantages experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the justice system, including a demonstrated understanding and sensitivity to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their history and culture.
  5. Ability and willingness to travel to and work in the regional areas serviced by NAAJA.
  6. Current Drivers Licence
  7. Ability to obtain a satisfactory criminal history check and no history of disqualification from employment by a legal practice.

0889825123
david.woodroffe@naaja.org.au


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