Principal Solicitor, Strategic Litigation                                                  

  • Jointly lead one of Australia’s leading strategic litigation teams
  • Drive innovative legal responses to emerging social justice issues
  • Full time ongoing position, with part time hours considered

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre is a leading social justice law and policy centre. We build a fairer, stronger society by helping to change laws, policies and practices that cause injustice and inequality.

PIAC offers a dynamic workplace where wellbeing is promoted, and flexibility is supported.

PIAC’s Strategic Litigation practice is its largest team. It undertakes strategic legal casework, specialising in test cases, and brings legal expertise to systemic policy and law reform issues. The team both leads and contributes to priority projects that seek social justice and systems change.  

Reporting to the CEO and managing the practice jointly with one other Principal Solicitor, you will contribute to the overall management and leadership of PIAC as a member of its executive management team. Additionally, you will:

  • Lead the development and delivery of specific projects and practice areas
  • Contribute to strategies for securing and maintaining funding
  • Manage staff and ensure compliance of the legal practice
  • Supervise legal policy and advocacy work

You are eligible for an unrestricted practicing certificate in NSW with at least 5 years legal practice experience and ideally have worked with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds. Additionally, you can demonstrate:

  • A strong understanding of professional and ethical obligations and risk management
  • Capacity to identify and deliver creative legal strategies and test cases
  • Ability to achieve outcomes individually and in a team environment
  • An unwavering commitment to social justice

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

If you can lead a high performing team to advocate for people and communities who are marginalised and facing disadvantage, please send your resume along with a covering letter and responses to the knowledge, skills and experience section included in the position description.

Inquiries should be directed to Jonathon Hunyor via [email protected].

Please send your application to [email protected], including Principal Solicitor in the subject field.  Please note there is no application close date, and we invite you to apply as soon as possible.

Practical Legal Training Placements

Please note we are not currently recruiting for PLT positions.

PIAC regularly recruits for Practical Legal Training (PLT) placements. The placements are unpaid, however reasonable travel costs are reimbursed. 

PLT placements are supervised by a Solicitor within either our strategic litigation team, our Homeless Persons’ Legal Service or our Truth & Accountability team. PLT placements will have an opportunity to work with lawyers and policy officers across our organisation. 

PIAC undertakes work with a strong legal component in our strategic litigation practice, the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service and the Truth and Accountability team.  

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 and advocate for policy and law reform to protect human rights and promote social justice. Our current focus areas include: 

  • Equality and non-discrimination 
  • First Nations Justice 
  • Climate change and social justice 
  • A fairer NDIS 
  • Fair use of police powers and rights in detention 
  • Asylum seeker rights 

Our Homeless Persons’ Legal Service protects the rights of people experiencing homelessness and helps reduce homelessness by tackling legal and systemic barriers that prevent people from accessing and maintaining appropriate, secure housing.  

Our Truth and Accountability team uses legal research and analysis to support truth-telling overseas and in Australia, including First Nations-led truth-telling as called for by the Uluru Statement from the Heart. 

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

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