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Principal Solicitor


Employer: Young Workers Centre
Work Type/s: Full Time, Part Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights, Unions & Workers Rights, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 04 December, 2018.
Applications close: 12 December, 2018. (Expired)

About Trades Hall

The Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) is the peak body for unions in the state of Victoria. It provides industrial support for affiliated unions and runs campaigns to promote the interests of Victorian workers. The Young Workers Centre (YWC) is a community, organising and legal centre that advocates for Victorian workers aged 30 and under.

About the Young Workers Centre

The role of the Young Workers Centre is to educate and organise young workers so they can prevent and challenge unfair and illegal treatment they experience in workplaces.  The role of the Young Workers Centre’s legal team is to provide high quality legal assistance to young workers without a union in their workplace to drive improvements in employer behaviour and to run strategic litigation in order to shift legal norms, industry behaviour and community views.

The position is based at Trades Hall in Carlton, Victoria. 

Job title: Young Workers Centre Principal Solicitor

Date: Commencing January 2019

Job type: Ongoing; Part time (0.8FTE) – (1.0FTE) Full Time, with exact days to be negotiated.

Pay:$100,000 – $120,000 base salary, dependent on experience plus 12% superannuation. Flexible work arrangements negotiable. Generous conditions including 20% annual leave loading and monthly RDOs. Standard working days at VTHC are 7 paid working hours + 1 hour unpaid break per day.

Manager: Luke Hilakari (VTHC Secretary) and Carina Garland (VTHC Assistant Secretary)

Duties for this Role Include:

  • Supervising and training law student advocates who volunteer in the legal centre
  • Supervising and training staff of the legal centre, including junior solicitors and staff advocates
  • Assessment of merits of young workers’ legal claims
  • Identifying organising opportunities in casework.
  • Settling all written and verbal legal advice given to clients of the centre
  • Responsibility for carriage of all proceedings in any court or tribunal issued on behalf of clients of the YWC, including providing authorisation for the commencement of any proceedings
  • Representing clients in FWC proceedings and other court and tribunal hearings as required
  • Participate in Practice Management Group meetings (currently held weekly) for purpose of assessing claims and eligibility of all incoming pre-client inquiries
  • Allocating tasks to advocate team leader and advocates and manage/oversee completion of tasks
  • Assisting advocates and other staff with any difficult client interviews Reporting to the YWC Committee of Management (COM) about activities of the YWC and participating in meetings of COM and any relevant subcommittee (Meetings of COM currently held once every 2 months, on a Tuesday evening at 6pm)
  • Ensuring YWC funding KPIs relating to legal service are met
  • Reporting on YWC activities to NACLC and FCLC as required, including ensuring compliance with NACLC Accreditation Improvement Plan and participation in annual FCLC Cross Check, as well as participating in FCLC meetings and events as required
  • Monitoring compliance with regulatory requirements of YWC Inc as an incorporated association and as a legal practice
  • Oversight of legal centre case management procedures and administration
  • Monitoring quality of legal services and client intake processes
  • Representing YWC in media and other public forums as required
  • Participating in YWC and VTHC planning forums
  • Other duties as required.

Skills & Experience

Essential pre-requisites:

Other desirable skills and experience:

  • Experience in management of a law practice
  • Experience in supervision and/or training of staff
  • Knowledge of the regulatory environment for community legal centres, including the NACLC Risk Management Guide
  • Experience in handling difficult and/or sensitive cases.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organisational and administration skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues affecting young workers.
  • An ability to work in a cooperative and consultative manner.
  • Computer literacy (demonstrated skills with database and excel preferred)

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience as a solicitor practising in relevant legal areas
  2. Ability to manage a high volume legal practice
  3. Ability to supervise and train staff and law students
  4. A strong and demonstrated commitment to trade unionism.
How to apply for this job

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