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Principal Solicitor

Full-time, Principal Solicitor, Toowoomba based NFP Organisation, Minimum 5 years PAE.
Our client is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation delivering essential legal, advocacy, and social services across Ipswich, Toowoomba, and regions including Darling Downs, Maranoa, and Wide Bay. They empower vulnerable individuals facing challenges like family violence, financial hardship, and disability. With a unified team, they value the vision of “Social justice for all,” driving impactful change through hope, authenticity, and tenacity.

Working alongside the Manager Legal Services, you will be responsible for ensuring that deliverables, targets and KPI’s are met in the areas of work you will be covering. 

Key Responsibilities:

Legal Practice Excellence:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate systems and practices to ensure the legal practice aligns with organizational objectives and risk management standards.
  • Uphold professional and ethical obligations, adhering to Queensland Law Society regulations and the National Association of Community Legal Centres Risk Management Guide.
  • Lead the development of systems for compliance with NACLC Risk Management Guide, undertaking the Responsible or Nominated Person’s role as required.
  • Supervise team members to provide accurate and timely legal advice and assistance, ensuring adherence to service agreement targets.

Leadership and Team Management:

  • Lead a team of legal professionals, including Senior Solicitors, to provide strategic and effective legal advice and casework.
  • Cultivate a culture of continuous improvement, enhancing client service quality and achieving performance targets.
  • Offer coaching and mentorship to enhance engagement, productivity, and commitment.
  • Collaborate with other legal staff to develop targeted community legal education programs.

Stakeholder Relations:

  • Foster robust relationships with internal and external stakeholders, representing the organization effectively.
  • Network with service providers, governmental bodies, and community partners to address systemic legal issues and initiate impactful policy responses.

Compliance and Professional Development:

  • Ensure meticulous client record-keeping and statistics maintenance, compliant with established standards.
  • Lead accreditation processes for the legal team, collaborating with QA and the Manager of Legal Services.
  • Stay updated with legal trends, maintaining professional growth and delivering high-quality legal advice and services.

Your Profile:

To excel in this role, you will possess:
Proven ability to manage legal practice and uphold ethical obligations, including risk management expertise.

  • Experience in team management, fostering productive relationships, and driving organizational change.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to provide timely and accurate advice.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail.
  • Commitment to social justice, demonstrated through your work in providing legal services to disadvantaged individuals.


  • Eligibility for a QLD Practising Certificate to practice as a principal of a legal practice.
  • Minimum 5 years PAE with a demonstrated commitment to social justice.
  • Compliance with NACLC Risk Management Guide and relevant Professional rules.

Take the lead in a dynamic legal environment that values expertise, innovation, and a commitment to social justice. In addition to competitive remuneration, this role offers opportunities for professional growth and the chance to shape the legal landscape.

If you are interested in this role, please send through your current resume in Microsoft Word format only (.doc or .docs) to [email protected].  If you would like to have a confidential discussion, please contact Shauna Cowen on 4639 4410.

Location: Sydney
Contract: Permanent/Full Time
Job Ref: 1113805



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