Managing Principal Solicitor - Constitution and Advice Team- Victorian Government Solicitors Office

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Job Details
Department: Victorian Government Solicitor's Office
Work Type: Ongoing - full time or part time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6.2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO570
Closing Date: 09-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $149,025 - $170,579
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: MPS CAT PD.docx (Word, 89KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Senior P&C Business Partner
0409370185

Position Details

Managing Principal Solicitor, Constitution and Advice Team - VGSO

  • Senior role mentoring and supervising a small team of legal practitioners
  • Provide specialist legal services to Government on constitutional and other public law matters
  • Full-time / Part-time | Ongoing
  • VPS 6.2 $151,260 - $173,138 p.a. + superannuation (as at 1 March 2023)

About the VGSO

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) is at the centre of the action in advising the Victorian Public Sector on interesting, cutting-edge and sensitive legal matters.  Working within our office means that you will be able to grow and develop your legal career and to also serve the public, alongside bright, experienced lawyers who speak the language of and understand the needs of Government and who prioritise excellence in everything they do.  

Our clients are exclusively the Victorian Government and public sector.  Our place within government ensures we are at the centre of legal change, reform and problem-solving.  While we operate on a fee-for-service model, we are not profit driven.  Instead, in all aspects of our operations, we prioritise making a difference and role model and live by our values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Insight, Collaboration and Excellence.

About the branch and role

The Constitutional and Advice team (CAT) team sits within the Public Law & Planning (PuLP) Branch of the VGSO. The branch understands Victorian public law in a way that is unrivalled by its competitors.  Our work involves providing advice and conducting litigation in relation to the development, application and interpretation of legislation (including in administrative decision-making); merits and judicial review of those administrative decisions, and professional disciplinary proceedings and summary prosecutions.

The branch consists of 3 teams that cover broad areas of public law including

  • Planning, environment and heritage;
  • Human rights and anti-discrimination law;
  • Freedom of information, information sharing and privacy;
  • State and federal constitutional and electoral law;

We are seeking a senior and experienced lawyer to join the CAT team as a Managing Principal Solicitor.

Working closely with the Lead Counsel for the CAT team, this role provides professional leadership to and management of a team of public law solicitors, while providing high quality legal services to Government and efficiently managing advisory and litigation files in complex public law matters relating to the powers of government and the regulation of government power.

About the successful applicant

The ideal applicant will have demonstrated people leadership capability and be eager to supervise, mentor and develop a team of lawyers. 

Along with the ability to develop positive existing client relationships and establish new business opportunities, applicants should also be able to demonstrate sound judgment on complex public law matters—both pure advisory and litigious— based upon significant experience.

Although not essential, an understanding of the structure and culture of government would be beneficial.

Benefits

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 required 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 on 0409 370 185.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Thursday, 9 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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