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February

Lawyer (Investigations)

QUEENSLAND GOVERNMENT - Brisbane Grove, NSW

Legal
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JOB DESCRIPTION

As a Lawyer in the Investigations team with the Legal Services Commission you will assist in the performance of the Commissioner’s functions under the Legal Profession Act 2007, including assessing, investigating, and reviewing the investigation of complaints as appropriate and recommending what action the Commissioner should take on those complaints, as well as preparing matters for prosecution or other enforcement action as appropriate.

The role includes independent and collaborative work to support the Commissioner in discharging her regulatory functions and responsibilities under the Act. You will undertake a range of legal work, with key responsibilities that require the ability to:

• communicate effectively with and manage the expectations and demands of a wide range of internal and external clients ranging from senior members of the legal profession through to clients and other members of the public who may have a limited understanding of the legal system and process

• assess and advise the Commissioner in relation to complaints about the conduct of lawyers, law practice employees and unlawful operators within legislated time frames

• negotiate resolutions, investigate and review complaints about the conduct of lawyers, law practice employees and unlawful operators and recommend what action, if any, the Commissioner should take in relation to those complaints

• identify apparent misconduct that is not subject to complaint and recommend that the Commissioner initiate 'own motion' investigations as appropriate

• contribute to the preparation of prosecution materials, including discipline applications and other enforcement action that is brought by the Commissioner before the disciplinary bodies and the courts

• other duties as directed by the Commissioner or Director of Investigations from time to time including:

- investigating alleged or apparent contraventions of the prohibition on touting and restrictions on the advertising of personal injury services under the Personal Injuries Proceedings Act 2002

- recommending improvements to the Commission's policies, procedures, work practices and management systems to enable the Commission to keep and maintain high standards of service and to continually improve its standards of service

- contributing to the Commission's project, research, policy and educational activities.

The successful applicant must be admitted, or qualify for admission, as a Solicitor or Barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland, with demonstrated relevant experience. A minimum of two years post admission experience in private practice is preferred.

Please refer to the role description for details on how to apply.

Applications to remain current for 12 months.

Job Ad Reference: QLD/363408/21

Closing Date: Friday 19 February 2021

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