Senior Solicitor - Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement/Prosecutions

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

Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/SO2526
Closing Date: 18-Aug-2017
Salary Range: $92,253 - $111,619
Job Duration: n/a
Attachments: PD - Senior Solicitor.doc (Word, 299KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Abby McDonald
03 9032 3052

Position Details


  • Variety of interesting legal work and exposure to high profile issues
  • Appear as an advocate in summary prosecutions throughout the criminal process
  • Design and deliver training to clients on conducting investigations into criminal or regulatory matters


About us

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) provides strategic legal advice and services to government. The office enjoys an extraordinary diversity of exciting and challenging case work, which is frequently topical and often involves significant public interest issues.


About the role

You are a senior lawyer with prosecution and administrative law experience who wishes to expand their practice.

The Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement team in the VGSO is seeking such a lawyer to provide high level legal advice and representation for government bodies in relation to summary prosecutions in the Magistrates' Court and County Court.

You will enjoy a diverse workload and work collaboratively as part of a highly professional and busy team advising on the enforcement of regulatory schemes.  Your research and analytical skills will be put to good use; your advocacy skills will also be tested against the rigours of prosecutions.  You will also have the opportunity to expand your skills into other areas of public law.


About you

To be successful for this position you will have an interest and demonstrated experience in conducting summary criminal prosecutions in the Magistrates' Court or County Court, including appearing as an advocate during all stages of the proceeding from first mention to, a plea hearing and (on occasion) a contested hearing.  You will have: a sound knowledge of the rules of evidence, criminal procedure and brief preparation; well-developed written advice and research skills; demonstrated ability to manage a wide variety of legal work; and the ability to work collaboratively with a range of persons, including professional service providers, public servants and members of the public.  Experience in disciplinary proceedings will be looked upon favourably.


How to Apply

If you are passionate and enthusiastic about contributing to a government law office please click 'apply' and submit an application online. Applicants are required to submit a completed online application in addition to providing a current cover letter and CV. Responses to the Key Selection Criteria are not required separately to the application form.


You can read more about the application process and working at the VGSO (including our numerous benefits) on our website ( Alternatively, you can contact Abby McDonald, Recruitment Consultant on (03) 9032 3052. 


Applications close before midnight on Friday, 18 August.

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