Managing Principal Solicitor - Litigation & Dispute Resolution - Victorian Government Solicitors Office

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Job Details
Department: Victorian Government Solicitor's Office
Work Type: Ongoing - part time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6.2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO569
Closing Date: 09-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $149,025 - $170,579
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: MPS LDR PD.docx (Word, 88KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Senior P&C Business Partner
0409 370 185

Position Details

Managing Principal Solicitor, Litigation & Dispute Resolution - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

  • Exposure to interesting legal work and high profile issues
  • Provide specialist legal services to Government
  • Ongoing | Part-time (0.6FTE min.) 
  • VPS 6.2 $151,260 - $173,138 (FTE) p.a. + super eff. 1 March 2023

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 Litigation & Dispute Resolution Branch comprises a number of legal teams that provide specialist legal services to government departments and statutory bodies on matters which are topical and often involve public interest issues.

The branch is seeking an experienced senior lawyer to join the VGSO as a Managing Principal Solicitor. Reporting to Lead Counsel, your role as a Managing Principal Solicitor will be to co-lead and supervise a team of lawyers, while providing high level legal advice across Government and efficiently managing complex and sensitive litigation.

The core focus of this role will be to provide legal services to one of our key clients, Corrections Victoria. You will be required to efficiently manage complex and sensitive litigation and provide operational advice in relation to the Serious Offenders Act 2018.

The branch encourages diversity of practice and you will have the opportunity to be involved in other streams of work undertaken by the branch, which include:

  • General civil, police civil and tortious claims
  • State care, personal injury and negligence claims
  • Inquests, supervision order matters, judicial review and statutory interpretation
  • Contempt of court, defamation, injunctions and vexatious litigant applications
  • Commercial litigation.

About the successful applicant

The ideal applicant will be dynamic and responsive, have demonstrated people leadership capability and be eager to supervise, mentor and develop a team of lawyers. Applicants must be willing to share their knowledge and experience across the Branch and contribute to initiatives which will continue to build a positive and cohesive working environment.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate sound judgment on complex legal matters based upon significant experience. Previous experience handling serious offenders matters and/or criminal law will be highly regarded.

Along with the ability to develop positive existing client relationships and establish new business opportunities, applicants will benefit from having a strong understanding of the structure and culture of government and of the political and legal sensitivities of operating within the public sector.


You will receive competitive remuneration, training and development opportunities and up to 17.5% annual leave loading, together with other benefits under the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2020.  The VGSO understands the importance of work-life balance and embraces workplace flexibility to help lawyers achieve this. 

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 Tim Morrison, Talent Acquisition Business Partner, on 0409 370 185

Applications close at 11:59pm on Thursday, 9th February 2023.

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 attend a VGSO Workplace or Worksite. 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 or ATAGI Exemption Certificate (Medical Contraindication or a Temporary Medical Exemption) - available via your myGov account, or
  • Your immunisation history statement -available via your myGov account.

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