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: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6.2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/SO2584B
Closing Date: 01-Mar-2018
Salary Range: $134,608 - $154,076
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD - Managing Principal Solicitor, SCPI.docx (Word, 82KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Abby McDonald
03 9032 3052

Position Details

Managing Principal Solicitor, Litigation & Dispute Resolution (State Care and Personal Injuries)

  • Senior role leading, mentoring and managing a small team of solicitors
  • Variety of interesting legal work and exposure to high profile issues
  • Full time; Ongoing position


About the VGSO

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 Branch

Litigation and Dispute Resolution enjoys an extraordinary diversity of exciting and challenging litigation. The cases are frequently topical, often involve public interest issues and include general civil claims, tortious claims, personal injury, negligence, constitutional law, contempt of court, judicial review and inquests. The teams provide specialist legal services to a large number of government clients and departments.

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

The particular role is for co-management of the State Care and Personal Injuries Team, which focuses on negligence claims against the State including institutional abuse.


About you

Applicants should have:

  • Proven experience in managing staff, including an ability to lead, supervise, mentor 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 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.


To be successful for this position you will have the ability to independently review, manage and conduct complex and sensitive proceedings in state courts, including a sound knowledge of relevant court practice and procedures.


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.

You can read more about 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 Thursday, 1 March, 2018.

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