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Lawyer 2022

SOLICITOR
POSITION NAME
Solicitor
CLASSIFICATION LEVEL Level 7 /8 SACS Award, depending on skills and
experiences 91,459 104,348 pro rata
REPORTS TO
Principal Legal
Officer /Deputy PLO
TENURE
Fixed
t erm c ontract to 30/06/20 23 , with potential
extension
HOURS Full time or part time , with flexible working options
DATE CREATED
June 2022
ABOUT WOMEN’S LEGAL SERVICE WA
Women’s Legal Service WA is a not-for-profit gender-specific specialist community legal centre funded to provide free legal services for women in Western Australia. We provide trauma-informed legal assistance in the areas of family and domestic violence, family law, child protection and compensation for criminal injuries matters.
WLSWA also seeks to promote women’s human rights, redress inequalities experienced by women and to foster legal and social change through strategic legal services, community development, community legal education and law and policy reform work.
POSITION OVERVIEW
The
WLSWA leadership comprise a Chief Executive Officer Principal Legal Officer , Deputy PLO
and Finance and Operations Manager Solicitors are part of the legal team, reporting to the PLO.
Solicitors provide information, advice, referral, advocacy, community legal education and
limited court representation to women in Western Australia in need of legal support and who
meet WLSWA eligibility criteria. C asework i nclude s all areas of our servic e family law
(children’s issues), child support, care and protection matters, family and domestic violence and
criminal injuries compensation. Unrestricted solicitors generally work unsupervised on a day
to day basis. Based in the Perth office, solicitor s may be required to undertake some travel
around regional WA on an as needs basis.
RESPONSIBILITIES
Legal
Legal
Provide legal information, advice, casework (including Court representation) in Western Australia primarily in the area of family law, protection and care, family and domestic violence, and criminal injuries compensation.
Manage the provision of legal services to clients, including assistance with communications, meetings and negotiations, and case file management to the highest standard.
Provide the above assistance to clients at outreach locations as directed.
Attend regular meetings with the casework staff employed by WLSWA to monitor the provision of legal services.
Ensure all statutory requirements of legal practice are met.
Assist with the development and presentation of WLSWA community legal education activities.
Assist with the research, production, maintenance and evaluation of resources required for community legal education.
Remain abreast of current trends and practices in the legal system and sector, and broader issues impacting women.
Sector
Work in collaboration with relevant agencies to ensure coordinated and integrated service delivery to clients.
Assist in the establishment and continuation of wider networks and referral pathways to achieve effective service delivery for clients.
Participate and represent WLSWA in relevant networks and forums as directed.
Operations
Ensure compliance with the Policies and Procedures of WLSWA.
Provide regular service updates and case studies to the Principal Legal Officer, for inclusion in Board and other reports.
Assist with the writing and editing of texts for publication as needed.
Undertake professional development in line with continuing professional development requirements.
In consultation with the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Legal Officer participate in raising awareness about law reform issues.
Assist with the preparation of submissions to government and stakeholders with respect to legal policy and law reform about women facing disadvantage, as directed.
Always maintain a collaborative teamwork approach.
SELECTION
CRITERIA
Qualifications, knowledge and experience
Degree in Law or equivalent with minimum of two years post admission experience (exemption for restricted practitioners).
Admitted or eligible for admission in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Current or eligibility to hold an unrestricted practicing certificate (exemption for restricted practitioners).
Post admission experience in, or knowledge of the main casework areas of WLSWA, including family law, family and domestic violence, protection and care, and criminal injuries compensation.
Understanding of the social and economic context adversely impacting women, including gender inequality, homelessness, and poverty.
Advocacy, skills and experience representing clients in the courts.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
Organisational Fit
Ability to organise a daily workload by priorities, and to organise a daily workload by priorities, and meet deadlines in a fast paced, quickly changing environment.
Ability to travel when required to deliver services to clients and the community.
Excellent problem-solving skills with capacity for proactive thinking and independent work.
Ability to work constructively and collaboratively in a team environment, and actively participate in all WLSWA activities.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders.
Value driven professional with high levels of enthusiasm, integrity and ethics.
Demonstrated commitment to social justice and other WLSWA values.
Demonstrated competence using Microsoft Word and Outlook.
Current National Police Clearance.
Highly Desirable
Experience in working with women facing disadvantage, including demonstrated ability to work with, and have an understanding of, the cultural and safety needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, and women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Experience in coordinating or presenting community legal education.
Current Working with Children Check.
Current ‘C’ Class WA Driver’s Licence.

Template Disclosure List (for family law matters) with instructions

In all family law matters, including those which are yet to progress to Family Court proceedings, parties are subject to legal ongoing obligations to disclose relevant documents.

To assist women comply with their ongoing disclosure obligations, Women’s Legal Service WA (WLSWA) has developed a template Disclosure List with instructions for how to complete the template and otherwise organise disclosure documents in family law matters.

The template and instructions are intended as information only.

If you have any queries in relation to how the information relates to you or your situation, we strongly suggest you obtain independent legal advice.

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Template Index for Court Documents (Family law proceedings)

This template has been developed by Women’s Legal Service WA (WLSWA) to assist women who have family law proceedings by helping them to organise their court documents.

The information in these instructions is intended as information only.

If you have any queries in relation to how the information relates to your situation, we strongly suggest you obtain independent legal advice (as early as possible).

 

 

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Template Letter serving an application for divorce on other party (family law)

This is a template letter developed by Women’s Legal Service WA (WLSWA) to assist women who are unrepresented to serve their application for divorce on the other party.

This letter is intended as a starting point only and should be adapted by the document user to suit the individual circumstances of their matter.

The template is intended as information only.

If you have any queries in relation to how the information relates to you or your situation, we strongly suggest you obtain independent legal advice.

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WLSWA Criminal Injuries Compensation Guide

This is a practical guide developed by Women’s Legal Service WA to assist women who have experienced injury as a result of a criminal offence understand their legal rights and how to apply for criminal injures compensation in WA.

This is intended to provide information only.

If you have any queries in relation to how the information relates to your situation, we strongly suggest you obtain independent legal advice (as early as possible as there are limitation dates which may apply).

WLSWA wishes to acknowledge the CIC Manual prepared and published by Legal Aid WA and Fremantle Community Legal Centre which is a valuable resource and which assisted WLSWA when preparing this Guide.

 

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WLSWA Divorce Guide

This is a practical guide developed by Women’s Legal Service WA (WLSWA) to assist women who are seeking assistance on their family law (divorce) matter to understand their rights and answer commonly asked questions about the court process.

This guide is intended to provide information only.

If you have any queries in relation to how the information relates to your situation, we strongly suggest you obtain independent legal advice (as early as possible as there are limitation dates which may apply).

WLSWA can provide women who are experiencing financial disadvantage with legal advice about divorce. Contact us to request an appointment.

 

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WLSWA Mediation Guide

This is a practical guide developed by Women’s Legal Service WA to assist women with family law matters to prepare for mediation, understand their rights and answer commonly asked questions about the mediation process for family law matters.

This guide is intended to provide information only.

If you have any queries in relation to how the information relates to your situation, we strongly suggest you obtain independent legal advice (as early as possible).

WLSWA can provide women who are experiencing financial disadvantage with legal advice about mediation or family law property settlement entitlements through our Legal Clinic. Contact us to request an appointment.

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WLSWA Parenting Plans and Consent Orders Workbook

This is a workbook developed by Women’s Legal Service WA to assist parents and carers of children negotiate and document care arrangements for children after separation.

This workbook is intended to provide information only. If you have any doubts about whether a proposed care arrangement is safe or suitable for your children, we strongly suggest you seek independent legal advice before signing any document.

This workbook is not suitable for families where there is (or a risk of) family violence or abuse to a parent, carer or any risk to the safety or well-being of the children. If you have concerns about these issues, please seek legal advice.

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WLSWA Safety Planning Guide

This information guide is designed to assist you with preparing your own Safety Plan.

It is not intended to be legal advice and is provided as general information only.

We strongly recommend you seek legal advice if you have any questions about any legal issues. Further information on how to do this is at the end of this guide.

In preparing this guide, Women’s Legal Service WA referred to many resources available online, and wishes to acknowledge the assistance provided by those.

For a separate contained Safety Plan which can be printed or used electronically, click on this link: Safety Plan

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