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Lawyer / Senior Legal Adviser, Public Law & Litigation - Department Of Justice & Community Safety

Richmond Search - Melbourne, VIC

Source: uWorkin


  • Senior Legal Adviser (VPS 5) position within the Office of the General Counsel
  • Get involved in complex advisory work, high quality litigation and public law matters within a dynamic environment
  • Genuine work-life balance. Close-knit, collaborative team
  • Salary band of$101,120- $122,348 plus 15.4% superannuation

Richmond Search has been exclusively instructed by the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) to recruit an experienced lawyer to join the Public Law & Litigation division of the Office of the General Counsel as a Senior Legal Adviser.

The team

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is a new and growing office responsible for the provision of in-house legal advice across the Department of Justice and Community Safety, to the Attorney-General as First Law Officer, and to other DJCS Ministers. 

The Public Law and Litigation team within OGC leads the delivery of legal services on constitutional, administrative and public law issues, and litigation faced by DJCS and Ministers, including managing the conduct and coordination of high profile disputes and inquiries on behalf of the State. The candidate will also have the ability to work across the broader OGC team, including matters outside the Public Law and Litigation team.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Providing solutions-based legal advice on issues relevant to the government, five ministers (including the Attorney-General) and the department, both individually and as part of a team of solicitors.
  • Independently managing multiple complex and sensitive matters for a wide variety of clients (including Corrections Victoria, Youth Justice, Emergency Management Victoria, Adoption Services and each of the five Ministers).
  • Undertaking legal research and analysis on complex legal matters with outstanding statutory interpretation skills.
  • Developing strong relationships with other DJCS groups as well as other departments, agencies, external law firms and stakeholders.
  • Contributing to a positive work environment which promotes a partnership approach to people management, enhances morale and respects diversity.

Your role

Among other things, you’ll be involved in:

  • Preparing legal advice in relation to high-profile and complex constitutional, administrative law and public law matters, including briefing the Solicitor-General and Senior Counsel
  • Statutory interpretation across a number of dynamic operational areas including Corrections Victoria, Youth Justice and Emergency Management Victoria
  • Managing high profile litigation matters including class actions, Royal Commissions and inquiries.
  • Advising on a diverse range of other matters including employment law, consumer and competition law, gambling regulation, residential tenancies policy and Freedom of Information and Privacy matters
  • Drafting materials for consideration by Cabinet and Ministers, including briefs, speaking notes and submissions
  • The management, supervision and mentorship of junior employees.

What we are looking for

You will need to be legally qualified in Australia with a minimum of 4 PQE. You will have experience from a reputable private practice firm, in-house environment or government department in the areas of:

  • Criminal, civil or government advisory work and litigation
  • Public or administrative law
  • General commercial litigation.

Crucially, we are looking for lawyers who can demonstrate at interview a combination of attributes including:

  • Strong written, verbal and commercial drafting skills
  • Initiative and accountability
  • The ability to provide and adapt legal solutions in a dynamic policy and operational environment
  • The ability to successfully negotiate with and influence diverse stakeholders on complex issues
  • Strategic thinking and strong problem-solving skills
  • Outstanding relationship-building skills
  • Empathy and cultural awareness.

What we offer

The OGC team are a friendly, collaborative team who are extremely passionate about what they do. They pride themselves on being able to do high quality, varied and interesting work within a flexible and agile working environment. The team places real emphasis on advisers of all levels being able to drive and develop their work-streams without being pigeon-holed. Part-time applicants will be considered.

For more information, please get in touch with Shobana Richmond, Director of Richmond Search on 0431 022 062 or shobana@richmondsearch.com.au. As Richmond Search is handling the recruitment process on behalf of DJCS, all third party applications will be forwarded to Richmond Search for consideration.