Queensland Law Society

Careers@QLS

Why join us?

Established in 1928, the Queensland Law Society is the peak professional body for the State's legal practitioners. We provide a dynamic hub for Queensland's legal community and seek to engage actively with our members and the public to provide leadership, practical solutions and reliable support.

We represent and promote more than 10,000 legal professionals, increase community understanding of the law, help protect the rights of individuals and advise the community about the many benefits solicitors can provide.

We currently employ over 100 people working across a diverse range of areas including:

  • Member services & products
  • Marketing & engagement
  • Corporate services
  • Professional standards
  • Human resources
  • Finance

Our people are pivotal in making QLS the leading professional membership association. Our relationships with each other, with our members and with the wider community are guided by our values - respect, integrity and service. These values underpin the way we do business, helping us to reach our strategic goals.

Benefits of working at QLS

  • Opportunity to advance your career.
  • Opportunity to work in a strong learning and development culture.
  • Full access to the range of benefits available to our members.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Provider LawCare.
  • Receive up to 8 weeks paid parental leave, in addition to the Government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme.
  • Salary sacrifice, ie take certain benefits such as additional voluntary superannuation contributions as 'pre-tax'.
  • Team members may be able to receive paid study and examination leave.
  • Active Social Club – lots of events and activities to become involved in.

Current vacancies

Vacancy Overview Closing date

Manager, Advocacy and Policy

An exceptional leadership opportunity to work directly with the Society’s policy committees on current law reform issues for the Queensland legal profession and the community.

Friday 5 September 2014

Policy Solicitor (parental leave cover)

Make a career move into policy and advocacy for the legal profession in Queensland. Work directly with the Society’s policy committees on current law reform issues for the Queensland legal profession and the community. 

Monday 8 September 2014 

Practitioner Advisor

Make a career move to improve your professional standing. This is a key service delivery role providing advice and support for practitioners and members. 

Monday 8 September 2014 

Finance Support (Accounts Receivable)

Hands-on role for a service-oriented, proactive and experienced accounts receivable officer.

Monday 8 September 2014

Policy Solicitor (full-time)

Make a career move into policy and advocacy for the legal profession in Queensland. Work directly with the Society’s policy committees on current law reform issues for the Queensland legal profession and the community.

Monday 18 September 2014

Manager, Advocacy and Policy

Queensland Law Society (QLS) is the professional body for legal practitioners, representing more than 8,000 members state-wide. We lead the legal profession by advocating for good law and supporting good lawyers.

As the Manager of Advocacy & Policy, you will lead a dedicated team of like-minded colleagues to identify, research, advocate and educate on current law reform issues of relevance to the Queensland legal profession and our community.

Your responsibilities are to:

  • Manage and lead a team of four direct reports, developing team capability through effective leadership including mentoring and coaching.
  • Monitoring the state, national and global environment to identify issues likely to have an impact on the law in Queensland or on the profession.
  • Develop educational and guidance materials for the profession.
  • Build and maintain resilient, mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders to engender continued commitment to the Society.
  • Attend consultations and hearings with government entities to ensure the Society and its members have representation.
  • Review discussion papers and policy issues with a view to ascertaining relevance for the consideration of a policy committee.
  • Research complex legal matters to provide background at policy committee meetings.
  • Support a range of policy committees within your areas of experience and expertise.
  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders, including  policy committee chairs and contacts within government and industry.
  • Drafting complex submissions to government and other entities.
  • Prepare submissions and policy position papers on behalf of policy committees.
  • Support the Council and Executive of the Society with speeches or statements on policy issues and at ceremonial events.

Key skills required:

  • A law degree (essential).
  • At least eight years post admission experience in the practice of law, preferably in a significant commercial practice or in senior policy roles.
  • High level of legal knowledge (both breadth and depth) across a range of legal specialities.
  • High level critical and strategic legal analysis and research skills with demonstrated ability to produce practical solutions to complex legal reform issues.
  • Proven abilities in the development and presentation of educational materials that effectively raise awareness of law reform issues within the profession.
  • High level of knowledge of the Queensland political process and the development of legal policy.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage a team.
  • High level organisation and time management skills with demonstrated ability to work to rigid deadlines.
  • High level written communication skills with an ability to make logical legal arguments and determine the appropriate style of communication depending on the audience and objective.
  • High level oral and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to negotiate, mediate, influence and manage internal and external stakeholders to achieve optimal professional outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop positive, mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders.

For a great opportunity to lead the legal profession, please submit your CV and a cover letter demonstrating your ability to be effective in this role via email to employment@qls.com.au or contact Jo Mugglestone, General Manager, Human Resources on 07 3842 5956.

Position description:  Manager, Advocacy and Policy


Policy Solicitor (parental leave cover)

As one of our Policy Solicitors, you will be joining a dedicated team of like-minded colleagues to identify, research, advocate and educate on current law reform issues of relevance to the Queensland legal profession and the community.

You’ll be responsible for: 

  • Monitoring the state, national and global environment to identify issues likely to have an impact on the law in Queensland or on the profession.
  • Reviewing discussion papers and legal documents with a view to ascertaining relevance for the consideration of a policy committee.
  • Researching complex legal matters to provide background at policy committee meetings.
  • Managing relationships with key stakeholders, including policy committee chairs and contacts within government and industry.
  • Organising and developing agendas for policy committee meetings.
  • Attending and preparing minutes for policy committee meetings. 
  • Following up on policy committee action items and completing tasks as assigned by the Manager.
  • Drafting complex submissions to Government and other entities for the policy committee.
  • Preparing Council Submissions and policy positions on behalf of policy committees.
  • Developing educational and guidance materials for the profession and disseminating information within the Society on law reform issues to ensure members are aware of the associated impacts.
  • Attending consultative events with Government entities to ensure the Society (and members) have representation.

Key skills required:

  • A law degree (essential).
  • At least three to five years’ post admission experience in litigation in a practice team of a mid-tier or large firm or a significant independent practice.
  • Understanding of and experience in three key areas: succession law, personal injuries and family law.
  • Strong critical and strategic legal analysis and research skills with demonstrated ability to produce practical solutions to complex legal reform issues.
  • Sound knowledge of the Queensland political process and the development of legal policy.
  • High level oral and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to negotiate, mediate, influence and manage internal and external stakeholders to achieve optimal professional outcomes.
  • High level written communication skills with an ability to make logical legal arguments and determine the appropriate style of communication depending on the audience and objective.
  • High level organisation and time management skills with demonstrated ability to work to deadlines.
  • This is a full-time parental leave cover role, commencing by 1 October 2014 and concluding on approximately 1 November 2015. Comprehensive training, coaching and mentoring will be provided in addition to ongoing support from the team.

Position description: Policy Solicitor

For a great opportunity to contribute to the legal profession, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your experience and addressing the key selection criteria for the role to employment@qls.com.au. Please note that applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.  

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Amy Ashton, Human Resources Advisor on 07 3842 5819. 


Practitioner Advisor

As our Practitioner Advisor, you will join an experienced team with extensive contact with practitioners and members on a range of issues and practical questions about their professional needs. 

You will be responsible for providing advice and support to the Records and Member Services team, ensuring accurate documentation is prepared for the Manager and for Council’s delegates in relation to suitability and other regulatory matters. You will also play a key part in service delivery to practitioners and our members in relation to practising certificates, practice records, professional indemnity insurance and the continuing professional development (CPD) scheme. 

We are looking for a team player with a strong dedication to service excellence, personal responsibility and outstanding communication skills, along with the following competencies:

  • A law degree (essential).
  • Extensive experience in a legal practice (highly desirable).
  • Knowledge of different practice structures.
  • Expert ability in interpreting and applying the provisions of the Legal Profession Act and Rules.
  • Strong legal research skills combined with the ability to clearly identify and summarise key issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing demands whilst maintaining professionalism and commitment to quality service. 
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills coupled with the ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and to apply work practices that contribute to knowledge sharing.
  • Sound abilities in the use of modern office technology, including customer relationship management systems and the Microsoft Office suite.

This is a part-time role working up to three days per week, flexible to your availability, but substantially within core business hours. Comprehensive training will be provided in addition to ongoing support from the team. 

Position description: Practitioner Advisor

If you are looking for a career move that provides a fantastic opportunity for professional growth and skills development, we would love to hear from you. 

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your experience and addressing the key selection criteria for the role via employment@qls.com.au. Please note that applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.  

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Amy Ashton, Human Resources Advisor on 07 3842 5819. 


Finance Support (Accounts Receivable)

As our Finance Support (Accounts Receivable), you will be responsible for providing an efficient and effective internal service through the operation of accounts receivable for QLS and our subsidiary company Lexon Insurance. You’ll be responsible for:

  • preparation, receipting, distribution and reconciliation of funds received daily
  • maintaining accounting records to ensure all accounts receivable records are accurate and up-to-date
  • debtor management, including verification and distribution of daily debtor statements
  • sorting, recording and distributing of incoming team mail and credit management
  • responding to telephone and email enquiries
  • providing support to our accounts payable officer and the Finance team as required.

We are looking for a service-oriented, proactive and positive team player with: 

  • qualifications in accounting, bookkeeping or a related discipline (desirable)
  • experience in a similar accounts receivable role, with a sound knowledge of the practices and principles of processing and reconciling account receivables
  • a natural strength towards service excellence
  • strong organisational skills, along with the capacity to work independently and to prioritise and complete tasks within competing timeframes.
  • demonstrated competence in interpersonal communication including dealing with customers
  • intermediate skills in the use of modern office technology including records management systems (ideally iMIS) and the Microsoft Office Suite 2010
  • a positive attitude and enjoy working as part of a team.

This is a full-time parental leave cover role, commencing by late September/ early October 2014 and concluding in approximately late October 2015. Comprehensive training, coaching and mentoring will be provided in addition to ongoing support from the team.

Position description: Finance Support (Accounts Receivable)

To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your experience and addressing the key selection criteria for the role to employment@qls.com.au. Please note that applications submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. 

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Amy Ashton, Human Resources Advisor on 07 3842 5819. 


Policy Solicitor (full-time)

As one of our Policy Solicitors, you will be joining a dedicated team of like-minded colleagues to identify, research, advocate and educate on current law reform issues of relevance to the Queensland legal profession and the community.

You’ll be responsible for: 

  • Monitoring the state, national and global environment to identify issues likely to have an impact on the law in Queensland or on the profession.
  • Reviewing discussion papers and legal documents with a view to ascertaining relevance for the consideration of a policy committee.
  • Researching complex legal matters to provide background at policy committee meetings.
  • Managing relationships with key stakeholders, including policy committee chairs and contacts within government and industry.
  • Organising and developing agendas for policy committee meetings.
  • Attending and preparing minutes for policy committee meetings.
  • Following up on policy committee action items and completing tasks as assigned by the Manager.
  • Drafting complex submissions to Government and other entities for the policy committee.
  • Preparing Council Submissions and policy positions on behalf of policy committees.
  • Developing educational and guidance materials for the profession and disseminating information within the Society on law reform issues to ensure members are aware of the associated impacts.
  • Attending consultative events with Government entities to ensure the Society (and members) have representation.

Key skills required:

  • A law degree (essential).
  • At least three to five years’ post admission experience in litigation in a practice team of a mid-tier or large firm or a significant independent practice.
  • Understanding of, and experience in, areas of commercial practice (such as banking and finance, property, corporate, succession law, personal injuries, family law, energy and resources, consumer and competition law or ICT/intellectual property law).
  • Strong critical and strategic legal analysis and research skills with demonstrated ability to produce practical solutions to complex legal reform issues.
  • Sound knowledge of the Queensland political process and the development of legal policy.
  • High level oral and interpersonal communication skills including the ability to negotiate, mediate, influence and manage internal and external stakeholders to achieve optimal professional outcomes.
  • High level written communication skills with an ability to make logical legal arguments and determine the appropriate style of communication depending on the audience and objective.
  • High level organisation and time management skills with demonstrated ability to work to deadlines.

This is a full-time role. Comprehensive training, coaching and mentoring will be provided in addition to ongoing support from the team.

Position description: Policy Solicitor (full-time)

For a great opportunity to lead the legal profession, please submit your CV and a cover letter demonstrating your ability to be effective in this role via email to employment@qls.com.au or contact Jo Mugglestone, General Manager, Human Resources on 07 3842 5956.



For more information about vacancies, please contact Amy Ashton, Human Resources Consultant on 07 3842 5819.