Solicitor / Senior Solicitor - Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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

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 pieta.spencer@vgso.vic.gov.au

Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Regulation
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/SO2855
Closing Date: 19-Dec-2018
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: PD - Solicitor (Fixed-Term) - L&DR (J&S).pdf (PDF, 442KB)
Job Specification

PD - Senior Solicitor (Fixed-Term) - L&DR (J&S).pdf (PDF, 441KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Pieta Spencer
(03) 9032 3052

Position Details

Solicitor / Senior Solicitor - Litigation & Dispute Resolution

  • Exposure to interesting legal work and exposure to high profile issues
  • Open to candidates at Solicitor and Senior Solicitor level (salary commensurate with experience)
  • Full-time; fixed-term 12 month contract

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

The VGSO provides responsive legal services exclusively for the Victorian Government and public sector. Our place within government ensures we are at the centre of legal change, reform and problem-solving. We operate as a service-driven legal professional practice and strive for excellence in this competitive environment. In all aspects of our operations, we aim to role model and live by our values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.

About the branch
The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Branch enjoys an extraordinary diversity of exciting and challenging matters. The cases are frequently topical, often involve public interest issues and offer exposure to a broad range of legal issues.These include, but are not limited to, general and Police civil claims and tortious claims, State care and personal injury matters, negligence, Crimes (Mental Impairment & Unfitness to be Tried) Act matters, Serious Offenders Act matters and inquests. The teams provide specialist legal services to a large number of government clients and departments.

About the role
We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Solicitor to join our Justice and Supervision Team to provide high quality legal services for one of our key clients, Corrections Victoria. In this role you will advise, conduct and manage litigation in relation to the Serious Offenders Act 2018, under the supervision of and reporting directly to a Managing Principal Solicitor.

Responsibilities

  • Assist in the provision of high level, practical written advice on a variety of legal issues arising under the Act, including advice on decision making powers, statutory interpretation and prosecution
  • Prepare, manage and conduct litigation in relation to the Act and related legislation in the County Court and Supreme Court 
  • Provide advice to Youth Justice on issues arising under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005
  • Provide support to other streams of work undertaken by the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Branch (e.g. inquests and personal injuries claims)

Skills and experience

  • Admitted to practice as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Minimum of one year post admission experience in a legal practice environment
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the practice and procedures of various Courts
  • Proven ability to provide oral and written advice on complex and sensitive matters
  • Criminal law experience will be highly regarded but not essential
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team

Benefits
In exchange for your hard work, you will receive; competitive remuneration, training and development opportunities and 17.5% annual leave loading. The VGSO embraces flexibility and welcomes a conversation to help you achieve work-life balance.

How to apply
If this sounds like the opportunity for you, apply now! Applications must include a cover letter and resume. Candidates will also be required to complete a few questions covering the Key Selection Criteria as part of the online application form. Please note it is not a requirement to respond to the Key Selection Criteria separately.

To find out more about this role, please view the position description attached. Alternatively, you can contact Pieta Spencer, Recruitment Consultant, on (03) 9032 3052.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Wednesday, 19 December 2018.


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