Solicitor / Senior Solicitor – Family Law

January 9, 2024
Application deadline closed.

Job Description

  • Community Legal Centre providing accessible, holistic services to women
  • Deliver legal services to support women’s safety and financial independence
  • Canberra based permanent role, 4 or 5 days per week with some WFH flexibility


The Organisation

The Women’s Legal Centre ACT (WLC) is an innovative, specialist community legal centre providing crucial legal and social support services to women in Canberra. WLC is committed to their vision to keep women safe, strong and in control of their lives. The Centre’s primary practice areas are family, employment and discrimination, and migration law. WLC deliver a significant proportion of legal services via their strong partnerships with health and community services.
Benefits & Culture

  • Attractive remuneration, generous salary packaging, 5 weeks paid leave
  • Mentorship and unique professional development opportunities
  • Emphasis on reflective practice and self-care strategies
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives, flexible work arrangements
  • Well established sector leading service with long-term, secure funding


The Role

As part of the family law team, you will help clients achieve long-term safety outcomes and financial independence. With a focus on early intervention and high impact outcomes for clients, you’ll work collaboratively with health and community partners across the ACT, delivering high quality legal services and advocating for reform. In addition you will:

  • Manage a case load of family law matters including providing advice and representation
  • Deliver community legal education programs and campaigns
  • Work closely with the Centre’s other practice areas, including social workers
  • Develop and maintain relationships across legal, community and health services
  • Assist to provide urgent advice if required to inhouse intake team / clients


Skills Required

You’re a qualified lawyer with experience practising in family law who is interested in addressing gender inequality and using your legal skills to support women across the ACT. Your background may be from community legal or justice related roles, or you have relevant experience from working in a law firm or private practice. Ideally you bring knowledge of family and domestic violence or care and protection matters, and you’re able to:

  • Deliver high quality, accurate legal advice and manage casework
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with community partners and stakeholders
  • Deliver community legal education to a range of audiences
  • Work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team in a trauma-informed service delivery model, with a personal commitment to reflection and self-care practices

Applicants must be eligible to hold/apply for a restricted Practising Certificate in the ACT

Please note being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification under s34 of the Discrimination Act 1991 (ACT). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disabilities, and women from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.  

If you would like to use your legal skills to deliver high impact outcomes which improve women’s safety and financial independence, please send your resume together with a cover letter responding to the skills required section. Alternatively, please call (02) 8243 0570 or email [email protected] with any specific questions.

As there is no formal closing date for this role, if you are interested we would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

NGO Recruitment values equitable recruitment practices and is committed to representing candidates reflective of the diverse organisations and communities we work with. We welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds, ages, and identities, and are happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs. If you are interested in this position and have most of the skills or experience we are looking for, please go ahead and apply.