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


Melbourne, VIC

Posted 7/1/2020

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

  • Senior role leading, mentoring and managing a small team of legal practitioners
  • Diverse and high profile work on matters of public interest
  • Ongoing | Full-time
  • VPS 6.2 $141,103 - $161,511 + super p.a.

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 & Dispute Resolution Branch provides specialist legal services to a large number of government clients and departments on matters which are topical and often involve public interest issues, such as:

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

About the role

We are seeking a senior and experienced lawyer to join the VGSO as a Managing Principal Solicitor in our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Branch.

Reporting to Lead Counsel, this role will lead and supervise a team of lawyers, while providing high level legal advice across Government. You will be required to efficiently manage complex and sensitive litigation, with majority of matters responding to historical institutional abuse claims involving former minors and young persons in the care of the State.

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.

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.

Previous experience handling general personal injury and negligence matters is essential and applicants should be able to demonstrate sound judgement on complex legal matters based upon significant experience.


In exchange for your hard work you will receive; competitive remuneration, training and development opportunities and up to 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 brief 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 Pieta Spencer, Talent Acquisition Business Partner, on (03) 9032 3052.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Monday, 13 July 2020.

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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