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Managing Principal Solicitor, Litigation & Dispute Resolution (VPSG6.2)

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Job Ref:  VG/SO2358A
Employer:  Department of Justice and Regulation (VIC)
Job Type:  Permanent Full Time
Melbourne VIC, Australia (Show on map)

As the primary source of legal services to the Victorian State Government and its statutory authorities, the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office provides strategic advice and practical legal solutions. Our clients face a wide range of legal issues and are looking for legal advice and solutions that offer meaningful outcomes and effective risk management, given their unique government context. We embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people with a disability. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email

Managing Principal Solicitor - Litigation & Dispute Resolution

  • Senior role leading, mentoring and managing a small team of legal practitioners
  • Variety of interesting legal work and exposure to high profile issues
  • Ongoing VPS 6.2 position, $136,627 - $156,387


About the VGSO

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.

The VGSO provides strategic advice and practical legal solutions to the Victorian government, departments, agencies and authorities. Our clients face a wide range of legal issues and seek legal advice and solutions that offer meaningful outcomes and effective risk management, given their unique government context. In all aspects of its operations, the VGSO aims to comply with its values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.

About the role

Litigation and Dispute Resolution enjoys an extraordinary diversity of exciting, complex and challenging litigation. The cases are frequently topical, often involve public interest issues and include general civil claims, tortious claims, personal injury claims, negligence claims, crimes mental impairment, contempt of court, vexatious litigant proceedings, public interest immunity, subpoenas, judicial review and inquests, injunctions, detinue, interpleader proceedings, statutory interpretation.

The purpose of this role is to provide professional leadership and management of a team of legal practitioners within the Litigation Branch and to produce high level legal services and advice while building and maintaining strong client relationships.

About the successful applicant

Reporting the Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor you will provide a high level of legal advice and support to the Government efficiently managing complex and sensitive litigation across a broad range of matters. The successful applicant will have:

  • Proven experience in managing staff, including an ability to lead, supervise and develop a team;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with experience in developing and maintaining positive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Significant experience in providing highly specialised expert and authoritative oral and/or written advice and a clear understanding of the implications and effects of decisions made on the basis of that advice; and
  • A comprehensive understanding of government and departmental structures, policies and processes.

Applicants are required to submit a completed online application form, in addition to providing a current cover letter and CV. Responses to the Key Selection Criteria are not required separately. Please contact Abby McDonald on 9032 3052 for further information.

Applications close at 11.59 pm on Monday, 24 September, 2018.

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