Public Defender, Civil Justice

Key advocacy position available appearing as counsel in Civil Justice matters
Job Details
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Department: Victoria Legal Aid
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VLA5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/1423V
Closing Date: 18-Nov-2018
Salary Range: $108,643 - $138,272
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Public Defender Civil Justice, Chambers - 1423 Candidate Application Form.docx (Word, 271KB)


Public Defender Civil Justice, Chambers - 1423 PD.pdf (PDF, 126KB)


Contact: Jessie Taylor, Associate Director Chambers
(03) 9269 0358

Position Details

  • Full time ongoing position
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $108,643 - $138,272 plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging


About the role:
Victoria Legal Aid's (VLA) Chambers provides high quality advocacy and advice services to in house lawyers and is committed to the highest standards of advocacy. Reporting to the Chief Counsel, you will appear as counsel predominately in Civil Justice matters across various courts and tribunals in metro and regional locations across Victoria. You will have the ability to provide expert legal advice in a range of Civil Justice matters. You will also assist in developing the advocacy expertise of our Civil Justice lawyers through mentoring and training and contributing to our Professional Legal Education advocacy training programs.

This position offers a high degree of autonomy and responsibility and will provide you with the opportunity to use your advocacy expertise to contribute to quality legal practice in both Melbourne and regional areas.

About you:
You will have substantial knowledge and experience in the jurisdictions covered by the Civil Justice Program, including extensive experience in complex litigation, with a passion for advocating for clients. You will be able to demonstrate your experience in advocacy and providing high level advice on legal and policy within limited constraints. You will have the ability and aptitude for mentoring and training Civil Justice lawyers to develop their advocacy skills and demonstrate a commitment to working collaboratively with others in fostering a supportive learning environment.

Crucial to your success in this role will be your ability to develop strong relationships and communicate effectively with clients and stakeholders at all levels. You will also have a passion for advocating for clients with complex issues and demonstrate a willingness to contribute to the promotion of the organisation and its values.

About Victoria Legal Aid:
We help people with their legal problems by providing information, advice, education and dispute resolution assistance, with a focus on the prevention and early resolution of legal problems. We also provide legal representation to those who need it most. We employ over 800 staff in 14 offices across Victoria. Our vision is for a fair and just society where rights and responsibilities are upheld.

Employee benefits:
We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free and increasing take-home pay), flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development. The work is both challenging and rewarding and our staff are supported by experienced and capable managers as well as a range of internal departments and programs committed to staff safety and development. VLA has a friendly and inclusive culture of people working to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged Victorians.

How to apply:
Submit a current resume and completed Candidate Application Form addressing the specified key selection criteria. Separate responses to all of the key selection criteria outlined in the position description are not required. You must complete the candidate application form to be considered for this role.

For further information review the attached position description or contact Jessie Taylor, Associate Director Chambers on (03) 9269 0358.

No agency applications will be accepted.

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm Sunday 18 November 2018.


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