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Details: The ACT Courts and Tribunal (ACTCT) supports the proper administration of justice by providing high quality support to judicial officers and tribunal members and high-quality services to those using the courts and tribunal. It provides the Supreme Court, Magistrates Court and ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal (ACAT) with registry, court support, forensic, corporate and strategic services.

The ACTCT is led by the Principal Registrar and CEO appointed under the Court Procedures Act 2004 and has the following business areas:

  • Executive
  • Registrar’s Office (Supreme Court) includes Registry Operations and the Sheriff’s Office
  • Registrar’s Office (Magistrates Court)
  • Registrar’s Office (ACAT) includes ACAT Administration
  • Corporate and Strategic Services.

Position Overview

The primary roles of a Senior Deputy Registrar, Legal 2, Supreme Court are to:

  • exercise the statutory powers and delegated judicial powers of a Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and
  • provide high level policy and legal advice on questions of law/justice administration, practice and policy on matters affecting the ACT Supreme Court.

In addition, a Senior Deputy Registrar, Legal 2, Supreme Court has responsibility for providing direction and support to Supreme Court Registry staff in the law and practice relevant to the operations of the ACT Courts. This includes providing training and advice to staff on legal matters and the exercise of statutory powers and functions.

The Senior Deputy Registrar, Legal 2, Supreme Court also engages with key stakeholders including members of the legal profession, stakeholder and user groups, the Justice and Community Safety Directorate, other Government agencies and members of the community on matters relating to the functions of the ACT Courts.

To be successful in the role you will need to possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, be self-motivated, have sound judgement and professional resilience and be an effective team member. You will also need to be admitted as a practitioner of the High Court or the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory and have at least five years post qualification practice experience in law.

NOTE: The nature of the organisation is such that staff may be exposed to sensitive material or information that may be confronting and culturally sensitive. ACTCT provides support services and training to assist staff in being culturally aware, resilient and safe in the workplace.

The ACT Public Service supports workforce diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, culturally diverse people and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility/Other requirements:

  • This position requires a degree in laws of an Australian tertiary institution, or a comparable overseas qualification, which, in the opinion of the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Registrar, is appropriate to the duties of the office.
  • This position requires admission as a legal practitioner, however described, of the High Court or the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory and at least five years post qualification practice experience in law.
  • Previous experience working in a court environment is highly desirable.
  • This position does not require a Working with Vulnerable People registration.
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo a National Criminal History check.

Note: This is a temporary position available from 18 March 2024 until 14 March 2025 with the possibility of permanency.

 

A Merit Pool will be established from this selection process and will be used to fill vacancies over the next 12 months. Selection may be based on application and referee reports only.

How to Apply: Applications are sought from potential candidates and should include:

  1. A supporting written pitch of no more than two pages demonstrating your skills and experience relevant to the position capabilities listed under ‘What You Require’ in the Position Description.
  2. A current curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact details of at least two referees.

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The Firm

Catton & Tondelstrand is a highly regarded, award winning, progressive practice with a reputation for high quality representation on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. We have a culture of collaboration and have created a fresh and fun working environment. 

We pride ourselves on being different to other law firms due to our culture of collaboration, team focus and professional development.  We provide a working environment where everyone is encouraged and supported to grow personally as well as professionally.

 

The Role

We are looking for a lawyer with a minimum of 3-years post admission family law experience to join our busy practice. The ideal candidate will be experienced in operating family law files autonomously and providing excellent client service. 

We are looking for candidates who are invested in continued learning and we will support and encourage you to achieve your goals and we invite all of our team to actively participate in strategy development and team planning.

You can expect the opportunity to be in a leadership role, with the ability to grow your own practice within the firm. 

In return you will join a friendly and vibrant team of dedicated lawyers and efficient support staff. You will work on diverse and challenging matters and further your skills and experience under the mentoring of 2 principals who are both Accredited Specialists in Family Law.

 

About you

The successful candidate will possess:

  • A current working knowledge of family law and practice.
  • Relationship management and consulting skills, including the ability to interact, influence and negotiate and work cooperatively in a team environment.
  • Analytical and conceptual skills.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to draft legal documents, provide authoritative advice and effectively communicate complex information.

 

Additional Criteria

The successful candidate chosen for this position must have the following attributes:

  • A current Practising Certificate;
  • 3-years post admission family law experience;
  • High attention to detail;
  • Proven ability to deliver outcomes;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to work proactively as part of a team and individually;
  • The ability to think critically and work methodically;
  • Excellent drafting skills;
  • A passion for family law;
  • A positive and open mind;
  • The ability to communicate and present in a confident and assertive manner;
  • A Drivers Licence;
  • Have access to a vehicle and be able to travel to appear at Court and mediations;
  • The ability to take direction and give instruction, when appropriate; and
  • Well-developed problem solving skills and demonstrated lateral thinking.

 

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience;
  • Stability and job security with an established and respected practice;
  • A positive and rewarding team culture where great work is recognised and rewarded, and life outside of work is valued;
  • An opportunity to have an impact across the entire business;
  • Health and wellbeing initiatives; and
  • Learning and professional development programs.

 

To be considered for an interview, all candidates must attend to the following by 23 February 2024, forwarding same to adele@ctlawyers.com.au:

  1. Provide a resume;
  2. Covering letter addressing the above selection criteria; and,
  3. Provide three (3) professional referees. Two of these referees should be from the legal profession.
     

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David Healey Solicitors is looking for a full-time solicitor to join their civil law practice.

About the Firm

David Healey Solicitors is a boutique firm specialising in workers' compensation (primarily in the Comcare scheme) and personal injury claims. We act for injured workers, including first responders and federal and ACT government employees, and were recognised in the 2023 Doyle’s List as a recommended firm for workers’ compensation.

The Role

As a solicitor, you will be providing legal advice and assistance to our clients for their legal matters. You will represent David Healey Solicitors and our clients in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and other courts. Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing sound legal advice and managing files independently
  • Drafting Tribunal documents
  • Appearing in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and other courts
  • Attending conciliation conferences and informal settlement conferences where required
  • Managing client correspondence via email and telephone
  • Corresponding with various stakeholders, including Courts and barristers

Selection Criteria

  • Bachelor of Law or degree equivalent
  • Valid ACT practicing certificate (or ability to obtain one)
  • 0 to 2 years PAE
  • Experience with workers’ compensation or personal injury preferred
  • Able to manage and balance client needs and priorities
  • Resilient, strong attention to detail, good organisational skills, and ability to work autonomously

About David Healey Solicitors

Our firm’s priority is to ensure the best outcome for our clients, who are often injured or in distress as a result of their employment. We work on a variety of matters, but our matters primarily involve first responders such as police, firefighters, and paramedics. Benefits of working at David Healey Solicitors include:  

  • We are a flexible workplace and work with our staff to create working arrangements that suit their circumstances.
  • Free parking on the premises, which are located in Deakin.
  • Regular team bonding events and social events arranged by our planning committee.
  • Regular training opportunities in various areas of law and other professional development areas.

We encourage people from all backgrounds to join our team, as we celebrate and promote diverse and inclusive workplaces.

If you are interested in applying, please email a CV and cover letter to admin@davidhealeysolicitors.com.au. Please include in your cover letter your preferred start date.

Applications close 5pm 28 February 2024.

About our team
 
Group Manager Legal | Disputes & Corporate Law | Security Disputes & Operations Law | Operations Law Maritime

The Security, Disputes and Operational Branch is responsible for delivering high quality in-house legal services to the Department of Home Affairs (including the Australian Border Force. It is responsible for providing legal advice on Portfolio legislation and operational matters, national security as well as prosecutions and enforcement.

The Operations Law Maritime Section sits within the Security, Disputes and Operations Law Branch. The Section is responsible for providing legal advice on operational matters including in relation to Operation Sovereign Borders and fisheries matters, as well as compliance, customs and migration issues in a maritime operational context. The Section also delivers legal training to ABF officers.
 
Please visit our website for more information about the Department of Home Affairs or Australian Border Force

Our ideal candidate
 
We are seeking a suitably qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated lawyer and leader who is excited to join our Legal Group. As a Principal Legal Officer you will lead a specialist team of lawyers in a dynamic environment supporting the operational needs and outcomes of the ABF.
 
We are seeking someone who has the following knowledge or qualities:

  • Comprehensive understanding of, or ability to quickly obtain understanding of, the Maritime Powers Act 2013 or Migration Act 1958 and other legislation of general application
  • Strong legal advice writing and research skills and ability to actively manage and navigate complex legal issues
  • Detailed understanding of the Department's policy, program and operations and the political environment in which it operates.

 
The Principal Legal Officer of the Operations Law Maritime Section should be able to:

  • Effectively manage and lead a team of legal officers
  • Confidently provide and clear legal advice and/or an assessment of legal risk in the planning and conduct of operations, primarily related to the maritime environment
  • Work closely with a range of different stakeholders, including Maritime Border Command, the Joint Agency Taskforce - Operation Sovereign Borders, Enforcement Command and Intelligence Division to achieve operational outcomes
  • Deliver legal training to operational areas.

 

The key duties of the position include:

Duties and responsibilities
 
Under the supervision of the Assistant Secretary and the General Counsel, and as part of the Legal Group leadership team:

  • Deliver high quality, timely and effective legal service to support the Portfolio's ability to meet its strategic priorities and outcomes in compliance with the law, regulation and statutory framework.
  • Manage and develop a team of lawyers to deliver timely, quality legal services.
  • Manage legal matters (including more sensitive and complex matters), in accordance with the Legal Services Directions; including (as appropriate):
  • Provision of written and oral legal advice on the interpretation of statutes, case law and common law
  • Provision of legal advice to clients in the development of legislation, including Acts, Regulations and legislative principles
  • Reviewing of legal documentation, including various instruments, contracts and agreements
  • Preparation of correspondence and briefing documents for Ministers, the agency Executive and officers
  • Preparation of policy and procedural documents, briefing materials and reports
  • Updating clients and relevant stakeholders regularly on the progress of matters and
  • Briefing and instructing external legal service providers in the conduct of a matter, where required
  • Ensure that legal matters are accurately recorded within Legal Division IT applications, including matter management and knowledge management systems or processes.

 
Take an active role in developing the Legal Group and further the Group's contribution to the portfolio, by:

  • Contributing to the development and execution of the Group's business plan
  • Monitoring, evaluating and reporting against team and branch outputs and performance; and
  • Performing an influential role by working across the portfolio, in consultation and collaboration with other business groups.

 
Additional information

Essential Requirements

  • A degree in laws of an Australian tertiary institution, or of a comparable international qualification
  • Admission as a practitioner, however described, of the High Court of Australia, or the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory
  • The ability to obtain and hold an Employee Suitability Clearance (ESC) a minimum Negative Vetting 2 security clearance
  • Resides in the ACT, or is willing to re-locate to the ACT
  • Available to be on-call and/or work outside ordinary business hours.

 
Desirable Qualifications and Experience

  • 5 years PAE
  • Experience providing legal service in an operational environment
  • Experience in a National Security environment
  • Experience in leading and managing legal staff and building team capacity.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the position you must be an Australian Citizen.

The successful candidate will be required obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting Level 2 (AGSVA) security clearance and an Employment Suitability Clearance (ESC).

Notes

The Department of Home Affairs offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position.

The Department may provide relocation assistance to eligible APS employees required to relocate. The level of assistance will vary depending on the reason for relocating and your personal circumstances. For further information please enquire with the contact officer listed in the advertisement.

Information about employment and advice on how to apply for vacancies can be obtained from the Department’s website at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us/careers.

Candidates should be aware that in roles where vaccination against COVID-19 is required by public health orders/directions or other legislation proof of vaccination will be required. If a candidate is not fully vaccinated or is unwilling to be vaccinated within a reasonable time period, they may not be offered that role.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information visit: https://www.apsc.gov.au/recruitability

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Robinson + McGuinness Family Law has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Office Manager to join our dynamic team. You will be reporting to the firm’s Directors and be responsible for overseeing the day to day running of the office including handling the trust account and trust records, training and supervising of the administrative team, and development of firm policies.

If you are passionate about this role and are looking for a working environment where your skills and contribution to the team will be valued.

Please click here for more information and to apply online.

Applications close on Monday, 4 March 2024.

 

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