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Careers with O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors

O'Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors Legal careersO’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors defend people against criminal charges anywhere in Australia, as well as litigating defamation cases, and suing police and other authorities for unlawful conduct. We are a strong advocate for social justice issues and pride ourselves on our pro-bono practice. We are a growing and dynamic law firm that occasionally has vacancies for people seeking legal careers or administrative opportunities.

See below for positions we are currently hiring for. 

We have established our firm as keeping in touch with updates to the law and advocating for many social justice campaigns such as raising the age of criminal responsibility, tackling child abuse in juvenile justice, drawing attention to police brutality and more.

You’ll need to stay up to date with news and current affairs and present well-articulated and concise articles, and modern and engaging social media content.

The role:

As the content writer & media assistant, you will:

  • Write articles for the firm on topics of social justice, criminal law and human rights;
  • Draft or edit articles written by lawyers;
  • Conduct interviews for articles;
  • Create custom images using Canva;
  • Create Instagram content;
  • Post content across all social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn);
  • Liaise with the social media manager about media releases;
  • Update and managing basic elements of the website.

The role offers:

  • Flexible work arrangements – can work from home or in our CBD office;
  • Starts with high supervision, working towards an independent role;
  • Build your portfolio;
  • Flexibility for you to choose topics you’re interested in, and write opinion articles

About you:

  • Freelancer, journalism or law student preferable;
  • Part-time (2-3 days/week equivalent);
  • Experience writing articles and can provide writing samples;
  • High level editing skills and understanding of active voice
  • Have an interest in human rights, social justice or crime;
  • A basic understanding of legislative processes and the law generally;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Clear and concise writing ability;
  • Basic understanding of SEO fundamentals;

This is newly developed role which has parted from a combined media and paralegal role – as such, we encourage anyone who thinks they will be a fit, to apply.

About us:

O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors is a leader in human rights law. Our practice mainly comprises of suits against police, historic abuse, criminal law and miscellaneous matters.

How to Apply:

Send your resume, a cover letter (1-page max), and one or two writing samples to . If you have any questions about the role, please call Sarah Gore on (02) 9261 4281.

Applications close 27 May 2022, with flexible start date.

Please note this position for a 2-year contract and not suitable for a PLT / Graduate. 

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors is a fast-paced law firm based in Sydney CBD. Our office is looking for a Paralegal who has a strong interest in civil and criminal law and is available on a full-time basis.

You will be exposed to a wide range of legal matters and be responsible for a range of  tasks including:

  • Drafting routine correspondence, reviewing and editing letters and documents;
  • Be the first point of contact for criminal and civil enquiries;
  • Responding to emails, liaising various stakeholders;
  • General office management;
  • File management and maintenance of e-archives and office precedents;
  • Legal research;
  • Assisting solicitors with general administrative tasks;

Requirements: To be considered for this position, please ensure that you provide your resume and cover letter (maximum 2 pages) addressing the following criteria:

  1. Excellent attention to detail
  2. Sound oral and written communication skills, and excellent telephone manner
  3. Ability and willingness to work as a member of team
  4. Excellent organisational and administrative skills 
  5. Proficiency on a Apple Mac platform and skills and experience using a range of software including Microsoft Office 
  6. Demonstrated initiative, self-motivation and ability to meet competing deadlines
  7. Ability to multi-task and prioritise the task at hand

It would also be preferable that you have previous experience and/or strong professional experience (in a different field is acceptable). You must demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively and confidently through both your verbal and written skills. You also need to be able to take initiative, follow directions, have a capacity to solve problems and work independently.

Please email your resume and cover letter to info Please also note the deadline for applications for this position is 5 June 2022

Our office is looking for an administrative assistant who has experience with general court procedures and is available on a full-time basis.

This is a perfect opportunity for someone who is looking to take their administrative skills to the next level, while gaining exposure to the fields of criminal and civil law.

The successful candidate must have the following:

  • Excellent client contact manner, accomplished computer skills, commitment to reliability and competency, awareness of confidentiality & team member focus
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal
  • Professional presentation
  • The ability to plan, multitask and work to tight deadlines
  • Fast learner
  • Engage in collective work practices whilst being able to work independently and intuitively.
  • You will also need to be flexible and have a positive ‘can do’ attitude.

Being a hybrid role, you will have responsibilities and involvement in all aspects of our Business Services. Some of the key duties will include:

  • Answering and directing calls 
  • Distribution and sorting of incoming mail and taking any deliveries
  • General photocopying duties, including binding and printing
  • File management and maintenance of an online database and key registers
  • Maintain a functional, neat and orderly office environment
  • Undertake other ad-hoc duties and tasks as required
  • Maintain all office budgets including stationary, couriers, catering and petty cash reconciliation 
  • Manage facilities including any relocations, car park access, coordinate repairs and maintenance for property and equipment, arranging fire drills and security
  • Attend to invoicing and debtors 
  • Liaise with property management 
  • Compiling monthly practice statistics 
  • Organise practice meetings and keeping the practice manual updated with new and evolving procedures
  • Attend to compliance matters

There will be the opportunities to assist with active legal matters for the right person.

Requirements: To be considered for this position, please ensure that you provide a cover letter together with your resume. 

Application procedure: To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to . In your cover letter, please outline your administrative experience and include your earliest possible start date.

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