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Principal Solicitor

Employer: The Environmental Defender's Office (WA)
Work Type/s: Full Time, Part Time
Classification/s: Legal & Human Rights, Environment & Sustainability
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Perth

Job posted on: 12 February, 2019.
Applications close: 25 February, 2019. (Expired)

  • Do you have a desire to make a difference in public interest law and to promote access to justice?
  • Are you a committed environmental lawyer?
  • Attractive salary depending on experience
  • Full time/part time/job share applications all considered

The Management Committee of the Environmental Defender’s Office WA (Inc) (EDOWA) is seeking expressions of interest for the position of Principal Solicitor.

EDOWA is a community legal centre that provides high quality, free or low cost legal advice and representation to members of the community in public interest environmental law matters across WA. We also educate the community about environmental law, and advocate for environmental law reform.

The new Principal Solicitor will manage all facets of EDOWA’s legal practice, including management of litigation (including representation in court, tribunals and other forums); provision of legal advice; communication with clients and stakeholders; participation in legal education activities and law reform; management of the activities of the EDOWA office and operations (including supervision of junior legal staff, professional staff and volunteers, financial management, and oversight of fundraising activities).

Experience in the community legal sector or working within community services would be highly beneficial.

Selection Criteria

The follow criteria must be addressed in the Expression of Interest:

  1. Demonstrated experience in a range of legal matters relevant to environmental law and / or related fields (including public law, mining law, land use law). Litigation casework experience desirable
  2. Minimum of 5 years of post-admission experience as a barrister or solicitor
  3. Holds, or is eligible, to hold a WA legal practising certificate
  4. Demonstrated ability to supervise junior legal staff and volunteers
  5. Strong oral and written communication skills
  6. Demonstrated understanding of financial management as it applies to management of the day to day activities of a legal practice
  7. Experience in the administration of a legal practice
  8. Demonstrated interest in the not-for-profit sector, pro bono legal work, and/or social justice
  9. Experience in engagement with stakeholders (e.g. members of volunteer / community-based organisations) (desirable).

A copy of the position description can be found on our website,

How to apply for this job

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