Solicitor/Senior Solicitor - Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO112
Closing Date: 24-Mar-2019
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: Position Description - Solicitor, L&DR (12-15 months).docx (Word, 88KB)
Job Specification

Position Description - Senior Solicitor, L&DR (12-15 months).docx (Word, 87KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Pieta Spencer
(03) 9032 3052

Position Details

Solicitor/Senior Solicitor - Litigation & Dispute Resolution

  • Exposure to interesting legal work and high profile issues
  • Provide specialist legal services to Government
  • 2 x roles available | Full time | Fixed term (12 months)
  • VPS3 / VPS4 / VPS5.1 $69,321 - $107,117 p.a. + super (depending on experience)

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 provide specialist legal services to a large number of government clients and departments. The Branch enjoys an extraordinary diversity of exciting and challenging litigation, working on matters which are topical and often involve public interest issues.

Matters cover areas such as general civil claims, tortious claims and personal injury claims by prisoners, police civil claims, negligence, State care and personal injury matters, commercial law, defamation, injunctions, contempt of court, judicial review (Order 56 of the Supreme Court Rules), vexatious litigant applications, statutory interpretation, inquests, Crimes (Mental Impairment & Unfitness to be Tried) Act matters, supervision order matters, subpoenas, warrants of seizure and sale.

About the role
Reporting to the Managing Principal Solicitor, we are seeking two enthusiastic and motivated Solicitors / Senior Solicitors to join the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Branch on fixed-term 12 month contracts. In this role, you will provide high quality legal services to Government and efficiently manage litigation files. You will manage a variety of files including coronial inquests, tortious claims against police officers, general civil claims and matters under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997.


  • Prepare, manage and conduct a broad range of complex and sensitive litigation matters in diverse areas of law, for different clients and jurisdictions
  • Undertake research and analysis in discrete areas of law and draft written advices to clients
  • Provide support to other streams of work undertaken by the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Branch as needs arise

Skills and experience

  • 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 and carry out complex legal research and analysis
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a number of complex files simultaneously

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 required 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 Sunday, 24 March 2019.

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