Principal Solicitor – Family Law

Job Description

  • Leaders in trauma informed lawyering in the ACT
  • Manage and mentor a team to support women’s safety and financial independence
  • Canberra based | flexible workplace | min 4 days p/wk | relocation assistance


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 and committed to their vision to keep women safe, strong and in control of their lives.

Family law is one of the Centre’s primary legal practice areas, delivering holistic and wrap around services to clients within a trauma-informed practice model and with a focus on early intervention and early resolution.


Benefits & Culture

  • Attractive remuneration, generous salary packaging, 5 weeks paid leave
  • Annual health and wellbeing allowance, paid cultural and reproductive health leave
  • Genuine commitment to a flexible working environment
  • Well established sector leading, award winning service with long-term, secure funding


The Role

You will lead and drive the family law practice area, managing a team of solicitors to achieve high impact outcomes for clients while working in close collaboration with the executive leadership team to develop and deliver on strategy and manage risk and compliance.

With a focus on internal capacity building, you will work cross organisationally to embed and continue to develop innovative and trauma informed legal services and you will also:

  • Supervise, coach and mentor your team to provide expert legal advice
  • Lead law reform, public interest and advocacy work
  • Manage a caseload of matters including representation in Commissions and Federal Courts
  • Develop partnership opportunities and manage stakeholder relationships
  • Act as a spokesperson and represent the Centre in local and national law reform forums


Skills Required

You are collaborative, ambitious and creative and bring a blend of strategic leadership, management and mentorship experience, together with significant family law practice knowledge and technical skills. You’re passionate about gender inequality and have a genuine interest, vision and ability to lead and grow a program, as well as mentor and nurture the professional development of your team.

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. With demonstrated commitment to social justice issues for women and a focus on risk management, exemplary legal practice and continuous improvement, you also bring:

  • Eligibility to hold an ACT Unrestricted Practicing Certificate
  • Experience supervising legal practitioners and overseeing complex casework
  • Interest in coaching, mentoring and the professional development of team members
  • High level partnership development, community and stakeholder relations skills
  • Commitment to trauma-informed practice, reflection and self-care practices, and collaboration cross-organisationally and with external agencies
  • 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 leadership and 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.