Minor Group

271 Legal Professionals

Legal Professionals provide legal advice, prepare and draft legal documents, conduct negotiations on behalf of clients, plead cases in courts and tribunals, hear legal and other matters in courts and tribunals, and interpret, analyse, administer and review the law.

Indicative Skill Level:

In Australia and New Zealand:

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks Include:

  • receiving written information in the form of briefs and verbal instructions concerning legal cases
  • researching statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
  • providing advice and written opinions on points of law
  • interviewing clients, and recommending and undertaking appropriate legal action
  • preparing cases for court by conducting investigations, undertaking research, arranging witnesses, and giving notice of court actions
  • representing clients in court, outlining the facts to the court, calling and questioning witnesses, and making addresses to the court to argue a client's case
  • presiding over judicial proceedings and pronouncing judgments in courts of law
  • acting individually and as members of administrative and industrial tribunals to resolve disputes
Unit Group

2711 Barristers

Barristers plead cases before civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals.

Indicative Skill Level:

In Australia and New Zealand:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • receiving written information in the form of briefs and verbal instructions concerning cases from Solicitors, other specialist Legal Professionals and clients
  • providing advice and written opinions on points of law
  • conferring with clients and witnesses in preparation for court proceedings
  • drawing up pleadings, affidavits and other court documents
  • researching statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
  • outlining the facts to the court, calling and questioning witnesses, and making addresses to the court to argue a client's case
  • providing opinion on complex legal issues
  • may draw up or settle documents

Occupation:

  • 271111 Barrister

271111 Barrister

Pleads cases before civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1

Specialisations:

  • Queen's Counsel
  • Senior Counsel
Unit Group

2712 Judicial and Other Legal Professionals

Judicial and Other Legal Professionals hear legal and other matters in courts and tribunals; interpret, analyse, administer and provide advice on the law; and draft legislation.

Indicative Skill Level:

In Australia and New Zealand:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification and at least five years of relevant experience. Judges require appointment by the government or crown and must have been a Magistrate or an experienced legal practitioner of at least seven years standing. Magistrates must have been a legal practitioner of at least five years standing (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:

  • researching statutes and previous court decisions relevant to cases
  • conducting trials and hearings
  • calling and questioning witnesses
  • hearing and evaluating arguments and evidence in civil and criminal summary matters
  • deciding penalties and sentences within statutory limits, such as fines, bonds and detention, awarding damages in civil matters, and issuing court orders
  • exercising arbitral powers if resolution is not achieved or seems improbable through conciliation
  • preparing settlement memoranda and obtaining signatures of parties
  • advising government of legal, constitutional and parliamentary matters and drafting bills and attending committee meetings during consideration of bills
  • preparing advice on matters associated with intellectual property rights
  • advising clients and agents on legal and technical matters

Occupations:

  • 271211 Judge
  • 271212 Magistrate
  • 271213 Tribunal Member
  • 271214 Intellectual Property Lawyer
  • 271299 Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec

271211 Judge

Presides over civil and criminal proceedings in a court of law.

Skill Level: 1

Specialisations:

  • District Court Judge
  • Family Court Justice
  • High Court Justice
  • Supreme Court Judge
  • Youth Court Judge (NZ)

271212 Magistrate

Alternative Title:

  • Chamber Magistrate

Hears criminal matters to determine whether defendants will be committed for trial and adjudicates minor criminal offences without a jury.

Skill Level: 1

Specialisations:

  • Children's Court Magistrate
  • Industrial Court Magistrate
  • Licensing Court Magistrate

271213 Tribunal Member

Hears industrial, administrative or other disputes to assist in resolving differences and to arbitrate on issues.

Skill Level: 1

Specialisations:

  • Administrative Appeals Tribunal Member
  • Industrial Relations Commissioner
  • Waitangi Tribunal Member (NZ)

271214 Intellectual Property Lawyer

Provides legal advice, prepares and drafts legal documents, and conducts negotiations on behalf of clients on matters associated with protecting intellectual capital, utilising patent law, copyright law and licensing. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1

Specialisations:

  • Patent Attorney
  • Trade Mark Attorney

271299 Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec

This occupation group covers Judicial and Other Legal Professionals not elsewhere classified. Registration or licensing may be required.

Skill Level: 1

Occupations in this group include:

  • Family Court Registrar
  • Family Law Mediator
  • Judicial Registrar
  • Legal Officer
  • Legal Researcher
  • Parliamentary Counsel
Unit Group

2713 Solicitors

Solicitors provide legal advice, prepare and draft legal documents, and conduct negotiations on behalf of clients on matters associated with the law.

Indicative Skill Level:

In Australia and New Zealand:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks Include:

  • interviewing clients to determine the nature of problems, and recommending and undertaking appropriate legal action
  • preparing cases for court by conducting investigations, undertaking research, arranging witness preparation and attendance, and giving notice of court actions
  • representing clients in court
  • managing conveyancing and other property matters by preparing contracts of sale, mortgage documents, lease documents and other documents relating to the transfer of land and buildings
  • preparing and critically reviewing contracts between parties
  • preparing wills
  • providing advice on family law, company law, partnerships, commercial law and trusts
  • may act as trustee or guardian
  • may act as executor of clients' wills

Occupation:

  • 271311 Solicitor

271311 Solicitor

Provides legal advice, prepares and drafts legal documents, and conducts negotiations on behalf of clients on matters associated with the law. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level: 1