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Family Lawyer

Employer: St. Kilda Legal Service Co-Op. Ltd.
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Family Services, Legal & Human Rights
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 22 October, 2018.
Applications close: 04 November, 2018. (Expired)

  • Full-time 12 month contract role based at our St Kilda office
  • An exciting new opportunity to build up a family law practice in a generalist community legal centre, with a focus on assisting family violence survivors
  • Support our community through the provision of high quality, free legal services to the vulnerable and disadvantaged
  • Attractive salary packaging benefits

About You

You are a proactive, outcomes-focused, and compassionate legal professional, who provides family law assistance in a way that meaningfully assists our clients and exceeds their expectations. You have a high attention to detail, strong communication skills and the ability to build rapport with people quickly.

Key to your success is your:

  • Strong understanding of family law and intersecting jurisdictions 
  • Exceptional communication and organisational skills
  • Interest in and engagement with family law and family violence policy issues
  • Skill in working with family violence survivors, including trauma-informed practice

This is a full-time or part-time, fixed-term position, for an initial period of 12 months, with the possibility of extension (contingent on funding).

About this Opportunity

A fantastic opportunity exists for a Family Lawyer to join our small and dynamic team at St Kilda Legal. This is an excellent role if you are looking to develop your career, expand your opportunities and broaden your legal skills.

This new position aims to provide family law advice and representation to our clients who have family law issues arising out of family violence, in a holistic and connected-up way. The work will include parenting, divorce, and small property matters. The responsibilities of the role will include drafting of correspondence and court documents, court appearances, Legal Aid applications, and appearance at Family Dispute Resolution conferences.

In addition to legal practice, the role includes the opportunity to train community workers on family law, as well as to be involved in the preparation of family law reform submissions.


  • Scope to develop the role to fit the interests and experience of the successful candidate
  • A supportive team environment, including by way of flexible working arrangements
  • Generous salary packaging

What do you need?

  • Current legal practising certificate.
  • A minimum of 2 years post admission experience with at least 1 year of experience practising in family law, in particular litigation.
  • Experience independently conducting family law casework, and having carriage of litigious matters, from commencement to conclusion.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex legal information simply.

About St Kilda Legal

St. Kilda Legal Service (SKLS) was established in 1973 and provides legal advice, referral and casework services to the local community.  SKLS is committed to undertaking community legal education, policy development and advocating for law reform as a core function and an integral part of the Legal Service’s activities and recognises that this work complements the legal casework undertaken. Our philosophy is one of empowerment and access to justice particularly for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in the community. 

How to apply for this job

This job ad has now expired, and applications are no longer being accepted.