Hunter Joint Organisation
Associate Lawyer – Local Government & Planning

Posted: 26 Jun
Closes: 24 Sep
Thornton, New South Wales


  • Office in Sydney and/or Newcastle
  • Flexible working available
  • Wellbeing-centred additional entitlements including monthly RDO and 15 personal leave days
  • Attractive remuneration package


Join Our Team.

We are seeking a self-motivated Associate Lawyer with experience in Local Government and Planning Law who is looking to work in a supportive environment within an exceptional team.


About Us: Local Government Legal specialises in providing expert legal services to local government clients across NSW. With offices in both Sydney and the Hunter Valley, we offer a supportive and flexible work environment, allowing you to thrive professionally with the option to enjoy the benefits of both city and regional lifestyles.


Why Join Us?

  • Autonomy & Support: Work independently while being part of a cohesive team.
  • High-Quality Clients: Engage with diverse and challenging local government and planning matters.
  • Flexibility: Enjoy hybrid work options, including opportunities to work from our Sydney or Hunter Valley offices.


The Role: This pivotal role offers direct client interaction, file management autonomy, and the opportunity to contribute strategically to our legal practice.

The position is permanent full-time (negotiable dependant on applicant). An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated based on the successful candidate’s experience.  Flexible working conditions (including being able to work from the Hunter Valley or Sydney) and working from home arrangements can also be negotiated.

We require an agile team player who has an analytical mind with superior attention to detail and an evolving commercial and strategic mindset.  You will be comfortable working autonomously or as part of a team.  What sets you apart is your highly developed interpersonal and communication skills which allow you to build excellent working relationships and provide advice of the highest professional standard.



  • Admission to the Supreme Court of NSW with a minimum of three years' post-admission experience.
  • Current practising certificate issued by the Law Society of NSW.
  • Expertise in local government and planning law.
  • Ability to provide authoritative legal advice in complex situations.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills.
  • Strategic thinking and understanding of the political and social context of local government.



  • Competitive Package: Attractive remuneration based on experience.
  • Flexible Working: Options to work from Sydney or Newcastle, with work-from-home arrangements available.
  • Inclusive Environment: Equal opportunity employer fostering a safe and inclusive workplace.


Our Services

We are a boutique Incorporated Legal Practice providing a range of legal services in the areas of Local Government Law, Planning and Environment Law, Administrative Law & Corporate Governance, Property Law & Conveyancing, and Commercial & Contract Law across New South Wales.

Learn more about us at: Local Government Legal | Arrow

Apply Now: If you meet the above criteria and are looking to join a supportive team of legal professionals dedicated to making a difference, please submit your application addressing the selection criteria to For inquiries, contact Directors Marlie Caban or Mark Cottom at 4922 2301.

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