Careers

Managing Solicitor, Homeless Persons’ Legal Service

  • Progressive public interest law practice
  • Lead PIAC’s response to homelessness
  • Permanent position, flexible working arrangements

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) is a community legal centre that works for social justice by driving changes to laws, policies and practices that cause or entrench disadvantage.

The Homeless Persons’ Legal Service (HPLS) provides people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with legal assistance, advice and representation, to protect their human rights and progress our vision of a community where everyone has a safe and secure home. HPLS also addresses the causes of homelessness through strategic policy advocacy.

  • Full time permanent position, job share considered
  • Sydney, CBD location, with remote work supported
  • Flexible remuneration package

HPLS operates free legal outreach clinics at host agencies that provide services to people who are experiencing homelessness. Clinics are primarily staffed by pro bono solicitors, with supervision and support from the HPLS in-house team.

The HPLS consumer advisory committee, StreetCare, empowers people with lived experience of homelessness to initiate, inform and influence positive change. The group also helps drive our policy priorities.

Ideally, you have experience leading a team and managing a busy community legal practice, with an understanding of legislative and law reform processes.  Additionally, you have:

  • Eligibility to apply for an unrestricted practising certificate in NSW
  • A solid understanding of issues facing people experiencing homelessness
  • 5+ years post-admission legal practice experience

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you’d like to contribute to breaking the cycle of disadvantage for people experiencing homelessness, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the selection criteria included in the position description that can be downloaded below.

Inquiries should be directed to Annie Barker via abarker@piac.asn.au

Please send your application to jobs@piac.asn.au, including Managing Solicitor, HPLS in the subject field.  Please note there is no application close date and we invite you to apply as soon as possible. 

HPLS Managing Solicitor position description

Practical Legal Training Placements

Please note we are not currently recruiting for PLT positions.

PIAC regularly has positions available for Practical Legal Training (PLT) placements. The placements are unpaid but reasonable travel costs are reimbursed.

PLTs are supervised by a Senior Solicitor within our strategic litigation team, and have an opportunity to work with lawyers and policy officers across our organisation.

The major projects currently being undertaken by PIAC with a strong legal component include the generalist strategic litigation practice and the Indigenous Justice Program.
PIAC’s strategic litigation team conduct high impact strategic litigation that achieves positive outcomes for significant groups of disadvantaged people. We bring test cases that create important legal precedents that protect human rights and promote social justice for disadvantaged people.

The Volunteer PLT Placement contributes to the provision of a successful, innovative, and responsive legal practice through assisting with PIAC’s telephone information and advice service and with PIAC’s litigation and associated policy and law reform, training and administrative work.

We accept students who have completed or are close to completion of their law degree, and we ask PLTs to commit to a minimum of 3 days per week, for a minimum of 60 days in total.

We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to apply.

For further information about future recruitment of PLTs, please contact Solicitor, Strategic Litigation Erin Turner Manners by email on eturnermanners@piac.asn.au.

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