Principal Solicitor, Legal Officer VI – General Counsel

  • Company:
    Law Reform & Legal Services
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    3 days ago
  • Category:
  • Ongoing 35 hour work week
  • Location: Ashfield
  • Legal Officer VI, Base Salary ($141,882 – $144,871), plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading  
  • About us  

    The Department of Communities and Justice shares a common purpose across many areas of their work, particularly when it comes to improving outcomes for children and young people, Aboriginal people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people experiencing domestic and family violence, victims of sexual assault, juvenile offenders, people at high risk of reoffending, and people experiencing homelessness. 

    Working together for stronger communities means we can continue to deliver our services with a more unified and collaborative approach. This means a greater focus on prevention and early intervention, faster responses, more seamless operations, less duplication of effort and better outcomes. 

    About the role  

    As required of the role you will be responsible for conducting both highly complex and routine legal matters (primarily advice and litigation). The role will lead a team within the practice group and supervise Solicitors Grades I-V and Paralegal staff to ensure the provision of high quality, cost effective and client focused legal services which contribute to the goals of Legal and the Department’s stakeholders/business units. 

    This role will include (but not be limited to) the following accountabilities and challenges:

  • Conducting and providing strategic and commercial legal advice and services in relation to civil claims against DCJ, including civil claims for child abuse (some of which are litigated and some of which involve class actions), prison assault claims, claims in negligence, forced adoption, false imprisonment claims, malicious prosecution and other personal injury claims.
  • Managing proceedings brought under the Family Law (Child Abduction Convention) Regulations 1986
  • Providing advice and liaising with internal stakeholders in relation to matters under the Hague Convention of Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Enforcement and Cooperation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children
  • Collaborating with and delivering high level and sometimes urgent legal advice to various senior stakeholders including ministers and senior executive staff.
  • Representing the Department in external meetings and forums including leadership forums, mediations and settlement conferences.
  • Interpreting, preparing and analysing more complex legal documents including drafting complex legal advice, sensitive government submissions and corresponding with senior stakeholders both internally and externally and interpreting legislation and relevant policies. 
  • Supervising, guiding and mentoring junior members of staff in relation to the carriage of matters, the provision of advice, legal research and gathering and reporting statistics and information and in relation to career development. 
  • The role requires strong ability to problem solve and manage simultaneous issues in relation to a diverse range of complex legal cases, and to understand client’s special needs and requirements.

    For detailed information on the key accountabilities and capability framework, please to download the role description.  

    Essential Requirements

  • Law degree.
  • Admitted or eligible for admission as a legal practitioner in an Australian jurisdiction, entitling practice in NSW. 
  • Appointments are subject to reference checks. Some roles may also require the following checks/ clearances: 

  • National Criminal History Record Check in accordance with the Disability Inclusion Act 2014
  • Working with Children Check clearance in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 
  • Applying for the role  

    To apply for this role you need to submit an application online via

    When applying you will need to: 

    Answer all pre-screening questions on the online application form or Answer the two pre-screening questions below – we are looking for you to demonstrate your competency in this focus capability

  • Describe a situation when you or your team were given an urgent matter to work on, when you were otherwise busy with other matters and the techniques you used to manage and juggle the competing priorities, so that all your work was dealt with in a timely manner? (300 Characters)
  • How have you developed team capability? Talk broadly about your coaching and mentoring approach in working with professional staff.(300 Characters) 
  • Then:

    2. Attach a resume (maximum 5 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) outlining how you meet the requirements and capabilities of this role as specified in the role description. 

    Contact : Rebecca Jouana, Director on 02 9716 2896 or

    Closing date : 24 September 2020 (11:59 pm) 

    Technical Support: Paola Pina, Recruitment Consultant on

    A talent pool may be created for future ongoing and temporary roles and is valid for a period of up to 18 months.  

    The Department of Communities and Justice is committed to building a workplace that values and supports diversity and inclusion. We actively promote the employment of women, people with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, LGBTI and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  

    The Department encourages applications from people with disability and will provide reasonable adjustments in our recruitment process and in the workplace. If you need an adjustment in the recruitment process, please call or email the contact person listed, and also advise us of your preferred method of communication