Special Counsel, Public Law - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, 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 peopleandculture@vgso.vic.gov.au

Job Details
Department: Victorian Government Solicitor's Office
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: See Advertisement
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO464
Closing Date: 23-May-2022
Salary Range: See Advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Special Counsel, PuLP.docx (Word, 90KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Kate Miller
0498 649 226

Position Details

  • Unique opportunity to provide legal advice at the heart of government
  • Diverse, challenging and fulfilling work on matters of public interest
  • Ongoing | Full time (open to discussing 0.8 work arrangements)
  • VPS 7 $170,997 - $232,558 p.a. + superannuation

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 and role

The Public Law & Planning Branch of the VGSO provides litigation services and legal advice in a broad range of areas, including:

  • The development, application and interpretation of legislation (including in administrative decision-making)
  • Judicial review of administrative decisions
  • Land acquisition, planning, environment and heritage law
  • Human rights and anti-discrimination law
  • State and federal constitutional and electoral law
  • Public sector governance and integrity
  • Integrity body (including parliamentary) inquiries

We are currently seeking a highly experienced legal practitioner to join us as Special Counsel, focusing on our public law practice. This is an opportunity for a senior practitioner to create a unique role, depending on their particular skill set. You will work on public law matters of significance to the State - whether that is providing advice or leading a team in high-risk litigation. You will be part of a team with deep experience in public law, but what you will bring is your capacity to lead the delivery of legal services in response to the diverse challenges of government practice.

Key responsibilities

Provide highly specialised legal expertise and technical legal advice across government, with a focus on public law matters including administrative decision making and review, both in the litigious and purely advisory context;
Provide strategic leadership to ad hoc teams responding to high risk matters, ensuring the provision of high quality and responsive legal services and advice in alignment with the VGSO's Strategic Plan and the VGSO values; and
Proactively advance the VGSO's client strategies, practice areas and client relationships in order to further develop positive existing client relationships and establish new business opportunities.

About the successful applicant

You are regarded as an expert; a senior and highly experienced legal practitioner with a strong understanding of the structure and culture of government and of the political and legal sensitivities of operating within the public sector.

You are flexible and adept at delivering legal services in a manner which is fit for purpose, whether that is providing robust written advice for a legal audience or explaining a litigation strategy to a ministerial one. You can lead teams and manage projects, whether their timelines are short or longer term. You rise to a challenge, but you bring others along with you.

As such, you will have the capacity to contribute strategic insight and drive continuous improvement. You will also have demonstrated business development and relationship management experience and have the ability to develop positive and effective client relationships in order to grow the VGSO and its practice areas.


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 that outlines your experience relevant to this role. Please note you are 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 Kate Miller, Business Partner - Talent Acquisition, on 0498 649 226.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Monday, 23 May 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 be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes.

Prior to commencement of employment with the VGSO you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account);
  • Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account); or
  • A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.

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