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Employer: National Justice Project
Work Type/s: Full Time, Graduate, Contract
Classification/s: Advocacy & Campaigns, Legal & Human Rights
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 09 February, 2017.
Applications close: 17 February, 2017. (Expired)

The position

  • Graduate position
  • Fixed term position of 6 months with scope to continue
  • Providing a range of strategic civil litigation and commercial legal services;
  • Admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, or eligible for admission, and eligible to hold a practising certificate as a solicitor

The National Justice Project is an independent not for profit legal organisation. We use strategic litigation and advocacy to advance human rights and social justice in Australia and in our region.

Centennial Lawyers is an affiliated commercial law firm that provides an integral funding source to the National Justice Project.

You will be working primarily for the National Justice Project, but will also be engaged to provide commercial legal services to Centennial Lawyers.

In this role, you will be part of a dynamic and multi-skilled team, undertaking a wide range of civil litigation matters, coronial inquests, tort law, privacy law and discrimination law as well as commercial matters, including matters in the Supreme and Federal Courts and Tribunals.

This is a hands on position, where demonstrated experience working in an office environment and the ability to be responsible for your own administrative tasks, such as preparing correspondence, court documentation, electronic filing and diary management will be critical to success.

Our workplace values collaboration over competition, and is inclusive, dynamic and supportive. Our team members encourage each others' professional growth and development, and ongoing training, education and mentorship is offered to the successful candidate.

This position would suit a Graduate Lawyer who has:

  • Experience in civil litigation matters, coronial inquests, tort law, privacy law and discrimination law; 
  • Experience in civil litigation (especially tort law and defamation law) as well as commercial legal services such as property law, leasing and mortgages and a desire to continue in commercial law practice; 
  • A keen interest to work in the social justice sector and advocate for disadvantaged members of the community, with demonstrated involvement in a community based organisation, or an organisation that addresses social justice issues within the community; 
  • A team player with strong relationship management skills, and a collaborative and supportive working style. 
  • The ability to work independently in a dynamic and fast paced environment, with excellent time management skills and the confidence to manage competing priorities effectively. 
  • Exposure to an office environment with experience in managing own administrative tasks such as diary management, electronic filing, court documentation and correspondence. 
  • Strong research skills with a high level of attention to detail essential. 
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Client relationship focused and dedicated to building a long term successful career

The position

The position is for a full time graduate lawyer who is admitted, or eligible to be admitted, as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, and eligible to hold a practicing certificate as a solicitor.

Your key responsibilities will include: 

  • Drafting legal documentation for filing in court proceedings;
  • Pre-court negotiation;
  • Brief and instruct counsel, external law firms and experts in complex cases;
  • Researching various aspect of the law, procedure, and issues of fact;
  • Gathering information and evidence;
  • Liaising with various parties including advocates, government agencies, counsel, clients, experts, and other law firms;
  • Drafting accurate and timely advice on critical legal issues in relation to legal, factual and evidentiary matters relevant to the successful presentation of cases in civil matters;
  • Communicating written advice to commercial clients in plain English;
  • Taking carriage of commercial matters and progressing matters from start to finish with minimal supervision;
  • Actively meet with and seek new commercial clients;
  • Report on the outcome of cases and provide suggestions and feedback to improve processes and procedures and also contribute to the improvement of investigations and litigation;
  • File management and administrative tasks.

Applications must include: 

  • A cover letter addressing the above criteria, your preferred work days and when you would be available to start;
  • Your resume; and 
  • Your academic transcript.

A full position description is attached below.

How to apply for this job

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