Family/DV Lawyer - Brisbane

Women's Legal Service
CBD & Inner Suburbs
Family Law
Full time
Posted 20d ago

Women’s Legal Service is seeking a dedicated and passionate Family Lawyer to join our team - come and join us to make a difference in the lives of women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.  

Women’s Legal Service Inc. (WLS) is a nationally recognised, leading, and innovative not for profit organisation in Australia.  WLS provides high quality legal and social support services to women, specialising in the areas of family law, domestic violence, child protection, financial abuse legal protection and sexual assault through our counselling notes protect program. 

The service is committed to the creation of a society in which women are safe from violence, are heard and respected, and receive a fair and just legal outcome.   



As a Family Lawyer working within our Health Justice Partnerships (HJP) you will provide legal advice and referrals to clients in domestic and family violence and family law matters for clients who are patients at a range of hospitals in the Greater Brisbane and Logan areas. The HJP Solicitors work within a team of Paralegals, Social Workers, and other Solicitors to provide high-quality legal advice and services to women and children. The position will require work to be undertaken from a range of hospitals and be well integrated into patient care services. 



  • Undertake the delivery of legal services as part of the legal team including: 
    • Provide legal advice and referrals to clients in domestic violence and family law matters through a range of Hospitals, telephone advice and on occasions at outreach locations. 
    • Provide services to women through a trauma-informed practice framework. 
  • Assist with the promotion of the health justice partnership, increase use and accessibility of the legal service, and improve integration of that service with other patient care services 
  • Identify and build professional relationships within the health partnership setting 
  • Work with health partners to identify and document trends and systemic issues arising from the partnership which may have implications for policy, program or law reform 
  • Deliver specialist training modules and strategies on domestic violence at the Logan Hospital, targeting various groups of health professionals 
  • Undertake the provision of legal services in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the legal profession and the mandatory requirements under the NACLC Risk Management Guide and advise the Practice Director on issues relating to operational and/or legal risk. 
  • Work collaboratively with WLS social workers and other staff to provide legal information and guidance and consult with other staff to provide appropriate non-legal referrals as required. 
  • Ensure risk assessment and safety considerations are routinely and comprehensively addressed in legal work when providing support, information and advice to clients experiencing domestic violence. 
  • Liaise with external agencies and make client referrals where services are more appropriately provided or should be supplemented through accessing another service. 
  • Participate in community legal education and law reform activities of WLS as required. 
  • Attend as Duty Lawyer at Holland Park, Caboolture and Ipswich Magistrates Courts as rostered. 
  • Any other tasks as required by the Practice Director and CEO. 
  • Foster a collaborative staff and volunteer team culture which is professional, productive, and supportive. Support the service’s values and feminist principles. 



WLSQ has an exemption under the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 that allows for the employment of women only within the organisation. 

WLSQ also requires all staff to have at least two COVID-19 Vaccinations. 

This role requires the incumbent to hold an unrestricted Queensland Practising Certificate and a current Open Queensland Driver’s Licence. 

Successful applicants will be required to complete a National Police Check. 



  1. Eligibility to hold an Unrestricted Solicitor’s Practising Certificate and a minimum of 4 years post-admission experience in family law and domestic violence is a requirement. 
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and legal practise experience in family law and domestic violence, including drafting relevant court documents and management of files. Experience in child protection and child support is desirable. 
  3. Demonstrated skills in making appropriate decisions and problem solving, including in crisis situations and where the risk to client safety is involved. 
  4. Demonstrated experience in developing partnerships and delivering community legal education. 
  5. High level of knowledge of referrals both legal and non-legal that are appropriate for women who experience domestic violence and family law matters. 
  6. Ability to communicate effectively and work sensitively with clients from diverse backgrounds including vulnerable clients including those: 
    • Who may have experienced domestic violence and/or trauma 
    • With a disability 
    • From culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; and/or 
    • From Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds. 
  7. Well-developed relationship management and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to engage with a range of audiences and stakeholders internal and external to the WLS with the ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment. 
  8. Sound knowledge and understanding of legal and social issues affecting women, particularly the gendered nature of domestic violence. 
  9. Demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of the WLS and an ability to work within a feminist framework. 



The work performed by WLS involves providing legal and social support services to women and their children impacted by Domestic and Family Violence and/or Sexual Violence.  All staff employed by WLS will be privy to or will take part in conversations with people who have experienced traumatic situations and it is likely some of our clients may still be experiencing the effects of trauma.  In addition to the regular and comprehensive training and support provided by WLS, the successful applicant will have to be mindful of their personal wellbeing and employ strategies to minimise impacts (if any) on their wellbeing. 



All staff are required to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of other personnel who may be affected by their conduct. This includes, but is not limited to:  

  • Participating in the development of a safe and healthy workplace. 
  • Complying with instructions given for your own health and safety and that of others, in adhering to safe work procedures. 
  • Cooperating with the Leadership Team in its fulfilment of its legislative obligations. 
  • Take reasonable care to ensure your own health and safety and that of others, and abide by your duty of care provided for in the legislation. 
  • Reporting any injury, hazard, or illness immediately, where practical to your supervisor. 
  • Not place others at risk by any act or omission. 
  • Not wilfully or recklessly interfere with safety equipment. 
  • In addition, each staff member is expected to:   
  • Gain the respect and active cooperation of the team and other staff. 
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively towards the WLS strategy. 
  • Adhere to the vision and values of the WLS. 



WLS is a community organisation operating within a feminist framework in a manner consistent with the mission, purpose, and values of WLS.  Organisational values are informed by feminist principles – respect, inclusiveness, collaboration, openness, accountability and working in an environment where women and children’s safety is prioritised.  



In addition to having a meaningful and rewarding career, you will receive: 

  • An attractive remuneration package plus 10% superannuation. 
  • Generous leave entitlements. 
  • Attractive salary sacrifice options and additional paid leave over Christmas and New Year. 



To apply for this position, click on 'apply' via Seek and load a copy of your Covering Letter and CV.  

Applications for this role close at 5:00pm Friday the 27th of May 2022. 

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • How many years' experience do you have in family law?
  • Do you have a current Police Check (National Police Certificate) for employment?
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • Which of the following statements best describes your Covid-19 vaccination status?
  • How many years' experience do you have as a solicitor?

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