Senior Legal Counsel

The Dispute Management Division (DMD) sits within the Legal Services business unit of WorkSafe. It manages common law claims and personal injuries litigation, and ensures both the delivery of benefits and the financial viability of the Scheme. Litigation on individual cases is via a panel of legal firms and includes common law, statutory benefit litigation, third party recoveries and legal costs.
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Department: WorkSafe Victoria
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/293780009
Closing Date: 21-Nov-2018
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD Senior Legal Counsel.pdf (PDF, 313KB)

Contact: Roma Grant or 9641 1807

Position Details

About the role

The Senior Legal Counsel – Common Law and Litigation Programs is legally qualified and utilises legal expertise and experience in common law and workers compensation litigation to perform the role requirements.

This role involves close liaison with legal panel firms, including strategic oversight of key personal injury litigation initiatives, critical date reviews, mentoring and developing. The role also works closely with other stakeholders and service providers in managing the Scheme.

The Senior Legal Counsel is expected to deliver instructions to legal panel firms in delegated matters and lead new developments in programs and/or policies within a complex and dynamic legislative and stakeholder environment. In addition to this, Senior Legal Counsel may lead research into new and emerging areas where knowledge may be limited or where other sources of advice are not readily available


  • Legally qualified with technical expertise and significant experience in the field of personal injury litigation, particularly as it relates to claims management and associated litigation processes
  • Working independently as a specialist and managing and leading programs/projects.
  • Providing solutions to defined functional objectives to improve current practices
  • Strong stakeholder management with public and private sector groups, Government and internal stakeholders
  • Provide highly specialist advice on behalf of WorkSafe to external stakeholders such as panel law firms, Government and public/private sector groups. 

Skills & Experience

  • Professional qualifications in law with significant experience in the field of personal injury litigation, particularly as it relates to claims management and associated litigation processes
  • Ability to implement and project manage key initiatives across team and panel firms
  • A high level of administrative, organisation and planning skills
  • Ability to prioritise in a dynamic, complex environment
  • Capacity to deal effectively with a wide diversity of tasks and to work to deadlines
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deal with and communicate with stakeholders regarding sensitive issues
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the WorkSafe legislation as well as extensive experience in litigation under these Act's
  • Understanding of common law principles as they apply to the WorkSafe legislation
  • Understanding of statutory benefits legislation, particularly in the context of litigation
  • Understanding of third party recoveries, particularly in the context of litigation
  • Understanding of legal costs, particularly in the context of litigation
  • Understanding of the Transport Accident Act 1986 preferred
  • An understanding of the constraints of a statutory, regulatory environment
  • Thorough understanding of legislative, claims and litigation management processes 

What's in it for you?

In return we offer a range of great benefits, including work variety, workplace flexibility and leave options, learning and development opportunities, and a leading health and wellbeing program. WorkSafe prides itself on being a great place to work.

Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. You will be required to undergo a National Police Check as part of the recruitment process.

Applications close 11pm Wednesday 21 November. Click the link to apply, and join us in making a difference to Victorian lives.

WorkSafe are striving to build a diverse workforce that reflects the Victorian community we serve.

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