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Solicitor


Employer: Citizens Advice Bureau of WA (Inc.)
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Perth

Job posted on: 09 October, 2019.
Applications close: 30 October, 2019.

The organisation:

Citizens Advice Bureau of WA Inc (“CAB”) is a not-for-profit organisation and has been operating in Western Australia since 1963. CAB’s core function is as an information and referral agency; however it also provides low cost mediation services and low cost legal services as well as facilities for other services such as a JP service, Tax Help, NILS and criminal injuries compensation assistance. CAB is able to operate due to the generous support of recurrent funding from the Department of Communities, the Confiscation of Criminal Property Fund and the Public Purpose Trust. We also charge modest fees for various services provided and this allows CAB to sustain our services and grow in areas of need for the community.

Our information and referral service has been operating for over fifty years and assists members of the community by providing information and referral on many and varied issues. This service is offered in all our branches and is our core business.

Our legal service offers initial legal advice and can also assist clients with drafting wills, powers of attorney and guardianship, letters of administration and some Family Court documents. A nominal fee is charged for these services. CAB does not offer court representation and does not act for or represent clients in any contested matters. We have a team of staff lawyers who are assisted by paralegals. CAB is also fortunate to have a dedicated team of pro-bono lawyers who offer initial legal advice to CAB clients in their specialised areas.

CAB’s mediation service offers alternative dispute resolution for clients in a number of areas including community/neighbourhood disputes, Family Court matters, small commercial disputes, aged care disputes, tenancy matters, workplace issues and intra-family disputes. CAB is fortunate to have a committed panel of experienced and nationally accredited mediators who generously volunteer their time to assist clients with dispute resolution. CAB is a registered Recognised Mediator Accreditation Body (RMAB).

CAB has 10 metropolitan and regional branches, including our administrative head office in Perth. We currently have nine salaried staff as well as a dedicated and professional team of around 250 volunteers working in Perth and our branches.

Who we are looking for:

CAB is seeking a solicitor who holds an unrestricted practising certificate issued by the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia. Ideally we are looking for someone with two to five years post admission experience in a similar role but will happily consider sound applicants with less experience. The candidate should be able to provide extensive legal advice in a broad range of general law matters but with a focus on family law (including property) and estate/inheritance matters, including letters of administration, wills, EPAs and EPGs. The candidate should be well organised and exhibit administrative and communication skills to be able to deal with a diverse client base. The person would also be committed to social justice, enjoy working as part of a team of dedicated professionals and want to make a difference in the lives of the clients who attend CAB.

While this position is primarily based in the Perth office, CAB has nine other branches and the successful candidate will be required to provide some outreach services.

What we can offer:

CAB offers the opportunity to work in a busy, highly respected organisation that provides a range of services for diverse clientele. All conditions of employment are under the Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award 2010 (SCHADS). We can offer some flexibility in work hours and an additional benefit is that CAB provides paid shutdown leave between Christmas and New Year.

CAB has a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that is available to all staff.

Conditions of employment: 

The total salary package will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is in the Level 6 band of the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Award 2010 (SCHADS). SCHADS provides for a six month probationary period.

The applicant must hold a current unrestricted driver’s licence and a Police Clearance issued within the last three months.

A full Position Description is attached below.

How to apply for this job

You must include a covering letter (maximum three pages) that shows your suitability for the position based on the selection criteria. Please also provide us with a current curriculum vitae that includes the names and contact details of two referees who have recently supervised your work. Referees will not be contacted without your express permission.

Please address the application to Mrs Selva Stenross, Principal Solicitor, at solicitor@cabwa.com.au, using the subject line: Solicitor application via EthicalJobs. or via post to Citizens Advice Bureau, Level 1/25 Barrack Street Perth 6000 marked Attention Principal Solicitor - Private and Confidential.

If you have any questions regarding the role please contact Mrs Selva Stenross on 9325 4217 or at solicitor@cabwa.com.au or Ms Kathryn Lawrence at ceo@cabwa.com.au (please do not send applications to this email address).

Applications close at 4 pm on Wednesday the 30th of October 2019. Sorry but no late applications will be accepted.

We will be interviewing the week commencing Monday the 18th of November and hope to have the selection process completed by Friday the 29th of November.

Supporting materials  Solicitor Position Information Pack October 2019.docx