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We’re Hiring a Solicitor

About the role

Consumer Action is one of Australia’s leading not-for-profit consumer advocacy organisations, that makes life easier for people experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage.

The solicitor will conduct legal casework, participate in outreach and training activities and provide assistance to advice line callers. The successful applicant will be a part of a high impact legal practice team which contributes to the education, policy and campaign work of Consumer Action.

This a full time 12 month fixed term contract position that is back filling a Parental Leave vacancy. Read the full position description.

Specifically, the solicitor will:

  • Provide effectively targeted consumer legal advice
  • Conduct high impact legal representation in consumer, credit and insurance law matters in courts, tribunals and external dispute resolution forums.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the legal practice to help consumers better understand their legal rights and options and connect vulnerable consumers to appropriate services.
  • Undertake legal research and related administrative tasks where required
  • Support and conduct outreach and stakeholder work as required
  • Identify systemic issues and contribute to policy and campaign activities
  • Implement dispute resolution strategies
  • Support and collaborate on powerful stories that inspire systemic change

Rewards and Benefits

  • Join a highly engaged and motivated team
  • Option of compressed hours with one RDO per fortnight
  • Comprehensive training and professional development opportunities
  • Salary range $87,900 to $92,000

The successful applicant will:

  • Be a qualified legal practitioner holding, or eligible to hold, a current unrestricted Victorian Practising Certificate
  • Have knowledge of consumer and credit law, its legislative framework and regulation generally
  • Have demonstrated experience in litigation in various jurisdictions including tribunals and courts
  • Have developed negotiation skills and experience in dispute resolution forums, including external dispute resolution forums
  • Have demonstrated communication skills for culturally and linguistically diverse client audiences.
  • Have a strong awareness of the social context of clients and their legal issues.

About Consumer Action

Consumer Action Law Centre is an award winning campaign-focused organisation with a vision for a just marketplace where people have power and business play fair. As a high impact advocacy organisation they influence change in policy, law and industry practice across a range of consumer issues. The centre’s advocacy is based upon its direct services, provided by dedicated and highly qualified teams of lawyers and financial counsellors who advise, assist and represent vulnerable and disadvantaged consumers across Victoria. The Centre is particularly focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve.

Consumer Action Law Centre is committed to building a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage applications from First Nations people, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people of all ages, and LGBTIQA+ people. If we can make any adjustments or modifications to standard recruitment processes that will support and enable your application, please contact us at recruitment@consumeraction.org.au 

How to Apply

Please send a Covering Letter and Resume to Recruitment@consumeraction.org.au

Applications Close 5pm, Friday 2 December, 2022

Read the full position description.

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