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Senior Lawyer - Top End Women's Legal Service

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Since 1996, Top End Women’s Legal Service (TEWLS) has been dedicated to advancing women’s rights by providing free legal services for women and non-binary people experiencing disadvantage in the Top End of the Northern Territory (primarily, the greater Darwin region).

Through an integrated, holistic, trauma informed and culturally secure approach, they support their clients with intersectional vulnerabilities in the areas of family, migration and civil law with specific expertise in respect to domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV).

TEWLS are committed to driving cultural change and advocating solutions to redress power imbalances and address violence and gender inequality.

What’s in it for you?

  • 6 weeks annual leave.
  • Part-time available (0.8).
  • Salary packaging and competitive remuneration.
  • Hybrid work from home and a flexible working environment to support work-life balance.
  • True client focused and collegiate work culture.

Your Impact

In this newly created position, you will be responsible for providing legal assistance to clients in key practice areas of law including family law and domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV). Specifically, you will:

  • Maintain a caseload of complex legal matters.
  • Mentor and support lawyers and paralegals, as well as supervise the work of volunteer lawyers and students.
  • Conduct litigation files, participate in dispute resolution including court representation at the Northern Territory and Federal Courts.
  • Coordinate and deliver legal education, information and outreach services to the community.
  • Develop and nurture a wide range of stakeholder relationships to deliver outreach services and support referral.

What you bring

You are a lawyer who is committed to advancing and promoting the interests of women and enjoys mentoring/supervising less experienced legal professionals. You have a naturally empathetic style and can communicate information in a sensitive manner when dealing with diverse clients with complex vulnerabilities including women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse and migrant backgrounds.

You also have:

  • A practicing certificate in Northern Territory or are willing to obtain one.
  • Subject matter expertise in family law and/or DFSV and/or child protection.
  • An understanding or capacity to develop an understanding to working in a trauma-informed framework.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Highly effective stakeholder engagement and relationship building skills; an ability to build trust and collaboration with a cross section of the community and sector partners.
  • A current driver’s licence and a Northern Territory Ochre Card (or willing to obtain one).

How to apply

If you are passionate and committed to helping women experiencing disadvantage and share in the vision in which women are entitled to legal and social justice, then click 'Apply Now' and submit your resume and cover letter.

Alternatively, call Emma Naglieri on 0421 720 596 for a confidential discussion.

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