Managing Principal Solicitor

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: Other
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6.2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/SO2530
Closing Date: 26-Nov-2017
Salary Range: $132,293 - $151,426
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD - Managing Principal Solicitor.docx (Word, 84KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Abby McDonald
03 9032 3052

Position Details

Managing Principal Solicitor - Public Law (Full time or part time (at least 0.6))

  • Unique opportunity to provide public law advice at the heart of government
  • Senior role leading a team of solicitors
  • Diverse, challenging and high profile work


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 successful applicant

You are a senior and experienced lawyer with a strong understanding of the principles and practice of public law and with excellent judgment.  You are excited about leading a team of lawyers and collaborating with colleagues and clients to provide advice and representation in the diverse and challenging government sector. You understand the importance of having the right people, management and processes in place to facilitate the provision of services which are legally appropriate, apt, timely and within budget.  


The successful applicant will lead a team of solicitors of varying degrees of experience working on sensitive and complex legal matters with clients of the highest levels in government  As part of the management team in the Government and Public Law Branch, you will also contribute to the management and development of the Branch by actively engaging in client management, business development, workflow management and service delivery.  As such, you will be an experienced professional leader, with the ability to supervise and mentor staff and the capability to contribute to ensuring that the VGSO is the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.


Applicants should have specialist knowledge and experience in the following areas:


  • The principles and practice of constitutional law and administrative law, as well as strong statutory interpretation skills.
  • The management of complex and sensitive litigation in State and federal jurisdictions
  • The provision of oral and written legal advice that is fit for purpose


If you are passionate and enthusiastic about contributing to a government law office, please click 'apply' to submit an application. 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.


For further information please contact Abby McDonald, Recruitment Consultant on 03 9032 3052.


Applications close before midnight on Sunday, 26 November, 2017.

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