Principal Solicitor (IP/IT), Commercial, Property and Technology - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

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Job Details
Department: Victorian Government Solicitor's Office
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6.1
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO0522
Closing Date: 05-Dec-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $149,024
Job Duration: n/a
Attachments: Position Description - Principal Solicitor (IP-IT), CP&T.docx (Word, 88KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Carolyn Irving
0429 199 450

Position Details

Principal Solicitor (IP/IT), Commercial, Property and Technology - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

  • Close knit and supportive team working on challenging, diverse and professionally fulfilling matters unique to the public sector
  • Play a key role in major transactions, advices and high-profile projects as a trusted legal partner to the Victorian Government
  • Multiple roles available
  • Ongoing | Full-time
  • VPS6.1 $127,467 - $149,024 + superannuation per annum
  • Hybrid role


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.

The branch and role

The Commercial, Property & Technology Branch advises government clients in relation to a wide range of commercial transactions with the private sector and other government agencies. Many of these arrangements involve substantial financial commitments by government, and the provision of significant infrastructure or services to clients.

Due to internal movement and strong client demand, we have an exciting opportunities for a Principal Solicitor with a commercial and IP/IT background or interest to join the team. We are looking for a lawyer to make a strong and meaningful contribution to 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 client relationship management, marketing activities and growing the practice.

Specifically, this role will appeal to you if wish to engage in complex legal and commercial problem solving on important IT projects. The nature of the State's responsibilities mean you will work on projects with a broad mix of new and emerging technologies, including cryptocurrencies, data security, major procurements and a wide range of other matters.


  • Provide commercial legal advice to government clients on IT projects and contracts, intellectual property, privacy, competition and consumer law.
  • Draft, negotiate and settle a range of complex IT and IP agreements, as well as other documents relating to privacy and data sharing by the Victorian government.
  • Undertake research and analysis on complex and challenging matters.

Skills and experience

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of commercial law in the context of IT, IP and privacy matters.
  • An understanding of IT procurement / structuring will be highly regarded but not essential.
  • Proven ability to efficiently provide expert and authoritative written and oral advice on complex and sensitive matters.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team and produce work within tight timeframes.
  • 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.


In exchange for your hard work, you will receive; competitive remuneration, training and development opportunities and up to 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. Please note it is not a requirement to respond to the Key Selection Criteria separately but applicants should outline their relevant experience in their cover letter.

To find out more about this role, please view the position description attached. Alternatively, you can contact Carolyn Irving, P&C Business Partner - 0429 199 450.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Monday, 5 December 2022.

Preferred candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including but not limited to, reference checks, pre-employment misconduct screening and criminal record checks.

The VGSO is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the VGSO's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). Therefore, there is a requirement that all VGSO employees possess a COVID-19 Vaccination Status of Up-to-date or Excepted Person in order to undertake duties outside of their homes. Prior to commencement of employment with VGSO you will need to provide evidence of your COVID-19 Vaccination Status as Up-to-date or an Excepted Person. Acceptable evidence includes: 

  • COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account); 
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account); or 
  • Acceptable Certification of a Medical Contraindication or a Temporary Medical Exemption 

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