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Senior Solicitor (Civil Law) - Sydney CBD

Wesley Community Legal Service

  • full-time position
  • based in Sydney CBD

About us

Wesley Mission is a high profile, multi-faceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. We work with the most disadvantaged in our community by providing over 200 services ranging from aged care, homeless services, child and family care, counselling, employment, training and education, and health services.

Our Vision is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

About the role

The role of Senior Solicitor (Civil) primarily involves supporting clients by managing civil matters. This includes providing advice and representing clients in bankruptcy, credit and debt and insolvency.

The role also involves managing the process of referring clients to other support services, and contributing to practice management, policy development and community education & engagement activities. The role operates under the supervision of the Principal Solicitor, Wesley Community Legal Service but acts with an appropriate level of autonomy given the high level of qualification and experience required.

Essential criteria

  • tertiary qualification in Law
  • hold, or be eligible to hold, an unrestricted practicing certificate issued by the Law Society of NSW
  • at least 5 years plus broad experience as a civil lawyer in the areas covered by the Wesley Community Legal Service including bankruptcy and credit and debt
  • demonstrated significant experience managing a large and varied civil case load
  • experience working in high pressure roles and managing complex cases
  • demonstrated understanding and commitment to social justice, the operation of community legal centres and the ability to identify and service the legal issues facing socially and economically disadvantaged people
  • significant experience in advocacy work in a range of matters and jurisdictions including local, district and supreme court hearings
  • demonstrated capacity to effectively supervise staff
  • demonstrated high level client interviewing skills
  • demonstrated high level written and oral communication skills
  • experience dealing with diverse groups including Aboriginal people and people with disability
  • ability to work independently, manage timelines and multiple tasks, whilst meeting the funding obligations and compliance issues that face a busy Community Legal Service Practice
  • hold a current NSW driver’s licence and Working with Children Check
  • willingness and ability to travel across NSW as required to appear in metropolitan, regional and country courts.
  • willingness and ability to travel to and prisons, police stations and hospitals to obtain instructions
  • capacity to manage risk, including experience in legal practice management
  • experience presenting at workshops or other educational events

Desirable criteria

  • not-for-profit or cause-related management experience
  • experience in the area of family law
  • experience with policy writing
  • experience working with limited administrative support
  • demonstrated ability to manage staff, including preparing Position Descriptions, setting KPIs and undertaking feedback and performance review processes
  • project management experience
  • experience in criminal law matters


Commensurate with experience with generous salary packaging opportunities.

Closing date

Friday 13 December 2019 by 5pm

Apply now

Please submit a copy of your CV/resume and a cover letter addressing all the selection criteria. For further information, including detailed Position Description, or to submit an application, please contact:

Jodie Rollason, Principal Solicitor, Wesley Community Legal Service

Phone: (02) 9263 5590


Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values. We are committed to providing an environment in which children can feel safe and valued.

The suitable applicant will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions within Wesley Mission (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

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