Family Lawyer

Associate/Senior Associate
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What are we looking for?

  • With a minimum of 5 post admission experience, you are most likely at an Associate or Senior Associate level in your career.
  • What excites YOU is the ability to join a firm where you get to contribute to the firm’s strategic growth
  • Leadership is expected and you MUST possess the motivation to mentor and develop junior lawyers. If you are lacking a bit in ability, that’s ok, we can help you out.
  • You are collaborative in nature, have an intention to work with others or just recognise that in order for us to all achieve what we aim to, that working together gets us there.
  • Workplace culture is important to you and you possess a willingness to contribute to, creating a vibrant team, improve the way we do things, and build on our great stories.
  • Business Development and Marketing has become essential for lawyers. You possess a positive attitude towards this. We’ll work with you to generate a strategy that works best for you and we don’t believe in putting unreasonable pressure on you, but we can also help build confidence in skills across a wide range of BD you didn’t know you had.
  • This also means we would ideally like you to tap into an existing or past contact base, or at least a strong referral base, to be able to make introductions to the firm.
  • You will have the ability to carry multiple matters from start to finish and this means you MUST have: confidence in your own ability and knowledge of the law, very strong attention to detail and the ability to ask for help when you need it.
  • A high level of confidence in client facing situations is critical, including negotiation and strong communication. You will be able to manage a matter by yourself.
  • You are able to build very strong client relationships. When the file is managed well, the relationship is strong, the outcome is likely to be achieved easier, and following the conclusion of the file, that person will speak highly of you and Frichot to their network.
  • You will be able to work autonomously as well as in a team environment. It is generally the nature of legal work, you need to be comfortable in both settings.
  • It is ESSENTIAL you bring a business owner’s mindset – own your practice area, be enterprising and contribute to the firm’s problem solving. There are opportunities for advancement in the future, for those who embrace this opportunity.
  • As a self-starter you are able to get yourself motivated without the need of others. We will provide the infrastructure, you provide your own energy.
  • It is important you understand that you must embrace diverse working hours. Flexibility is encouraged, peak periods of work should be embraced. We will host events, attend others and sometimes these are outside of orthodox working hours. Sometimes files require additional time to be spent.
  • You will also improve the legal infrastructure and integrity through precedent development and general continuous improvement.

The Role of a Family Lawyer

at Frichot & Frichot

 

As a family lawyer, you should be able to advise on any family law matter. You will assist by providing representation and advice at all stages of the family law process – during negotiations, mediation, making applications to the court and, if necessary, representation in court.

Some of the things you will need to be able to do:

  • Be capable of dealing with children’s matters
  • Confident in dealing with child support/litigation
  • Have an understanding and experience dealing with property matters
  • Confidence and ability in dealing with Binding Financial Agreements
  • Capable and comfortable to do own appearances
  • Comfortable working between Fremantle and Perth as a requirement for appearances

You understand how difficult the process of separation and divorce can be and strive to provide advice and representation with compassion and understanding. You look for practical and sensible outcomes for clients, without sacrificing their best interests.

You can offer advice and representation in financial matters with particular experience in property settlements involving family-owned farms and businesses. Specific areas of family law include:

  • Divorce where in the Family Court of Western Australia, you are able to provide assistance in completing and serving an application for divorce and, where necessary, attendance at divorce hearings.
  • Parenting Issues: assisting parties with advice on a wide range of children’s issues that arise upon separation. You are also able to provide advice and representation regarding the court system to promote the best interests of children. You are also able to provide advice and representation to others who may be involved in the care and the upbringing of a child, such as a grandparent or step-parent. At Frichot & Frichot you may be involved in dealing with children’s issues, including:
    • Parental responsibility; Arrangements for children to spend time with different parties; Third party rights (such as grandparents and others with an interest in the welfare of a child);
    • Relocation of parents and children;
    • International child recovery (Hague Convention);
    • Binding Child Support Agreements;
    • Adoption; and
    • Surrogacy
  • Financial Agreements: set out agreed on terms for the division of property in the event of separation and may be made prior to entering into a relationship (married or de facto), during the relationship, at separation or after separation. Frichot’s family lawyers are able to assist parties at different stages of their relationship to discuss sensitively and come to an agreement about the division of property.
  • Property & Financial Settlements: The division of property after separation often involves complex financial issues. With extensive commercial and corporate experience, our family lawyers are able to explain clearly and provide expert advice to enable you to understand your rights, entitlements and obligations and your options to resolve matters through an out of court settlements or determination by the court. We are able to assist clients in the various aspects of property and financial settlement including:
    • Property division;
    • Spousal maintenance
    • Superannuation splitting; and
    • Third Party interests in property and financial settlements including business partners and related parties.

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