Legal Assistant, Litigation & Dispute Resolution - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) values diversity and seeks to attract and retain a diverse workforce with the best people for the role. We welcome applications from people of all ages, disability, ethnicity, family and caring responsibilities, gender, religion, sexual orientation and cultures including people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email vgso.recruitment@vgso.vic.gov.au

Job Details
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG2
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/VGSO756
Closing Date: 25-Jun-2024
Salary Range: $56,834 - $72,985
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Legal Assistant_ L&DR.docx (Word, 91KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Syreeta Robinson
0438 763 810 | vgso.recruitment@vgso.vic.gov.au

Position Details

  • Contribute to matters of high profile public interest
  • Join a supportive team environment
  • Roles suited to someone looking to build on their existing legal secretary/assistant experience and continue to progress their career in this field
  • Hybrid working from home/office environment
  • Ongoing | Full time
  • VPS 2 $56,834 - $72,985 plus superannuation per annum

About the VGSO

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) serve the rule of law exclusively for the State.

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 & Dispute Resolution Branch comprises several 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 team of solicitors you'll be supporting manage diverse, complex and sensitive litigation including:

  • General civil, police civil and tortious claims
  • State care, personal injury and negligence claims (including historical institutional abuse claims involving former minors and young persons in the care of the State)
  • Coronial investigations including inquests
  • Supervision order matters
  • Judicial review and statutory interpretation
  • Contempt of court, defamation, injunctions and vexatious litigant applications
  • Commercial litigation

About the role

An exciting opportunity exists for an eager and dedicated Legal Assistant to join our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Branch. This role will provide comprehensive secretarial and administrative support to a team of solicitors. This role would ideally be suited to someone looking to build on their existing legal secretary experience and create a career in this field. Day to day responsibilities include:

  • Preparing, formatting and reviewing legal documentation, including correspondence and court documents
  • Liaising with barristers clerks and preparing briefs for counsel including collation of e-briefs
  • Filing and service of court documents via online platforms
  • Autonomous file management - conduct of matter related tasks, monthly billing and maintaining efficient and effective electronic files
  • Calendar and mailbox management
  • General administration duties

This role will provide you with the opportunity to take ownership and build a long-term career with great development and progression opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to work on and contribute to high profile matters of public interest.

Skills and experience

  • Demonstrated experience in litigation legal administration
  • Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrable capability in providing high quality assistance to a team of solicitors
  • Strong understanding of legal processes and court jurisdictions, legal terminology and an ability to conduct research using online databases and systems
  • Self-starter who takes initiative with advanced skills in problem solving
  • Excellent attention to detail, with a commitment to service excellence

Benefits

VGSO offers an inclusive, collegiate and collaborative work environment where you will be well-supported and mentored to develop your knowledge. You will also be given excellent career opportunities to progress and develop within the organisation.

VGSO embraces flexibility and welcomes a conversation to help you achieve work-life balance. We currently work in a hybrid environment with employees enjoying a balance of working from home and in the office.

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 Syreeta Robinson, Talent Acquisition Advisor, on 0438 763 810 or via vgso.recruitment@vgso.vic.gov.au.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Thursday, 27 June 2024

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


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