The Legal Profession Board (the Board) is the independent Statutory authority established by the Legal Profession Act 2007, for the regulation of the legal profession in Tasmania.
A major part of the Board’s work is the investigation, hearing and mediation of complaints against legal practitioners in relation to unsatisfactory professional conduct and the investigation and the prosecution of legal practitioners in relation to professional misconduct.
The Board is also responsible for monitoring and providing advice on standards of practice within the legal profession in Tasmania.
Duties and Responsibilities of Position:
Under the broad direction of the Manager Operations, the Senior Investigations Officer will investigate complaints against legal practitioners and prepare reports and recommendations for the Board in relation to the findings. Where appropriate, the Senior Investigations Officer will attempt to resolve complaints by negotiation/mediation.
The Senior Investigations Officer may also be required to appear as an advocate in hearings before the Board and/or the Disciplinary Tribunal and will provide guidance to less experienced Board Officers as required. The position will, on occasion, be required to act as the Manager Operations.
Investigations will involve communicating with complainants and respondents both orally and in writing, taking statements, reviewing often complex documentation and preparing reports, documents and applications. The work of the Senior Investigations Officer requires regular contact with members of the public and legal practitioners and will also be required to contribute to the efficient operation of a small team.
- Undertake complex investigations into complaints about legal practitioners and legal firms.
- Interview complainants, witnesses and practitioners, and review evidence and documentation.
- Prepare detailed reports with recommendations and associated correspondence.
- Facilitate mediation between complainants and legal practitioners.
- Undertake legal research of a complex nature.
- As directed, appear as an advocate in hearings before the Board and the Disciplinary Tribunal.
- Deal with general enquiries from persons wishing to make a complaint against a legal practitioner.
- Assist in arrangements necessary for the hearing of complaints by the Board.
- Actively participate in and contribute to the organisation’s Quality & Safety and Work Health & Safety processes.
- The incumbent can expect to be allocated duties, not specifically mentioned in this document, that are within the capacity, qualifications and experience normally expected from persons occupying jobs at this classification level.
All applications are to be received by no later than close of business on Monday, 5 August 2019 and will be acknowledged in writing.
All applicants are encouraged to visit the Board's website at www.lpbt.com.au. An information pack including Advice to the Applicant and a Statement of Duties containing the relevant selection criteria can be accessed here.