Managing Lawyer (Vic)

Hays Legal

Melbourne, VIC

Posted 4/8/2021

Your new company
Hays Legal have partnered with a national and independent community legal centre that provides legal advice and support to survivors of child abuse.

Your new role

Reporting into the Principal Lawyer, the Managing Lawyer (VIC) will provide key leadership to the Melbourne based legal team which is comprised of approximately 20 Lawyers and Paralegals, and deliver front line service and case work assistance.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Providing high quality legal advice and representation to clients relating to their experience of sexual abuse, including in relation to their redress options;
  • Supporting the Principal Lawyer to lead the service delivery to clients by leading a local legal team and working co-operatively with other teams, to ensure clients’ legal and related needs are identified and actioned;
  • Ensuring compliance with professional and corporate responsibilities including the rules and requirements of relevant legal profession legislation and the Community Legal Risk Management Guide;
  • Conducting regular file reviews and monitor and contribute to the development and continuous improvement of service delivery standards, policies and precedents;
  • Representing the legal practice in internal and external meetings and forums;
  • Supporting the contributions to law reform and policy and procedural initiatives, including the preparation of submissions and undertaking media appearances;
  • Preparing and delivering community legal education and other engagement activities and materials to raise awareness and provide information about the organisation's services;
  • Acting as the Principal Lawyer when required from time to time.

This a full-time and ongoing contract position.

This role will involve some intrastate and interstate travel to deliver services on an outreach basis, and to undertake community engagement activities.

What you'll need to succeed

  • Hold or be eligible to immediately obtain a current unrestricted practising certificate in Victoria and, ideally, be eligible to obtain a principal’s practising certificate;
  • An excellent awareness of the legal issues facing survivors of child sexual abuse and demonstrated extensive experience practising in a relevant area or areas of law; particularly desirable is experience in personal injury claims;
  • Experience leading teams and managing people, including multi-disciplinary teams of legal and non-legal staff, and demonstrated experience in supervising more junior legal staff;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
  • An ability to proactively manage own care and workload;
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work in regional, rural and remote areas.

You will also hold a satisfactory National Police Records Check and a Working with Children Check.

What you'll get in return
This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in assisting people who have been subject to trauma seek support and advice, and work with both legal and non-legal staff to achieve the best possible outcome for clients. Additionally, they offer great benefits and the ability to partially work from home to facilitate a balanced work life.

What you need to do now
Click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV and a cover letter detailing how your experience and skill-set matches the role’s responsibilities. Alternatively, you can email this to [email protected]

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