Principal Solicitor, Commercial (IT) - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

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
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO/2222
Closing Date: 31-May-2019
Salary Range: $118,908 - $139,017
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Principal Solicitor, IT - Position Description.docx (Word, 86KB)

Contact: Stephanie Lou
9032 3020

Position Details

Principal Solicitor, Commercial (IT)

  • Challenging, diverse and professionally fulfilling work on complex matters
  • Largely autonomous role working on transactional matters and high-profile projects as a trusted legal partner to the Victorian Government
  • VPS Grade 6.1, ongoing, full-time position (open to 4 days)

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 role

An exciting opportunity exists for a Principal Solicitor to make a strong and meaningful contribution as an experienced senior member of a team within the Commercial, Property & Technology Branch.  This role will provide high level legal advice and representation for government bodies on various issues, but primarily in relation to Commercial, Information Technology and Intellectual Property law.  In addition, this position will assist the Managing Principal Solicitor in supervising and overseeing the work of a team of solicitors, client relationship management, marketing activities and growing the practice.

Skills and experience of the successful applicant

You are an experienced lawyer with a strong understanding of the principles and practice of commercial law and good working knowledge of IT and IT procurement, together with sound judgment.  You have a demonstrated ability to provide effective written and/or oral advice on highly complex and sensitive matters and to influence stakeholders.  You can manage projects and proactively manage client expectations. 

You will also have:

  • demonstrated experience in business development and client relationship management, with the ability to develop positive and effective relationships in order to support the branch and its practice areas
  • demonstrated ability to perform complex analysis, provide professional leadership, supervision and mentoring to staff
  • a strong sense of working collaboratively, and
  • a service oriented approach

If you are interested in this role, please download the position description from the attachments section.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the online application form, including the online Key Selection Criteria questionnaire, and attach your resume and cover letter.

For further information please contact Stephanie Lou on 03 9032 3020. Applications close at 11.59pm on Sunday 2 June 2019.

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