Principal Solicitor, Police Branch - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office | [TR-147]

Principal Solicitor, Police Branch - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office | [TR-147]

20 Jan
Victorian Government

20 Jan

Victorian Government


Melbourne VIC

$120,692 - $141,102 a year

Reference: VG/VGSO180

The Victorian Government Solicitor's Office (VGSO) vision is to be the Victorian Government's trusted legal partner.

We embrace diversity amongst our staff and welcome applications from people from all cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, as well as people with a disability. If you require a copy of this advertisement or any attached documentation in an accessible format, such as large print, please email [email protected]

Principal Solicitor, Police Branch - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

- Exposure to interesting legal work and high profile Police issues
- Join a supportive team environment

- Fixed-term (12 months) | Full-time
- VPS 6.1 $120,692 - $141,102 + 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 and role

We are seeking a senior and experienced lawyer to join the VGSO as a Principal Solicitor in our Police Branch.

The Police Branch provides legal services, strategic advice and representation to the Chief Commissioner of Police and, by extension, all Victoria Police personnel across the State. The Police Branch is involved in a diverse range of matters, including but not limited to:

- Criminal law, police duties, powers and responsibilities;
- Statutory interpretation, criminal disclosure obligations and subpoenas;
- Administrative law, privacy and information sharing;
- Forensic procedures and intervention order applications; and
- Summary prosecutions and emergency management.

This role will support the Managing Principal Solicitor with mentoring and supervising more junior lawyers, while providing high level legal and strategic advice, often under time pressure in circumstances that require you to exercise sound judgement.

The successful candidate for this role will almost exclusively be working on matters relating to the Royal Commission into Management of Police Informants, including litigation and public interest immunity claims.

About the successful applicant

The ideal applicant will be able to demonstrate sound judgement on complex legal matters based upon significant legal experience. Ideally, this experience will be in a policing or law enforcement environment.

Applicants should have demonstrated experience and understanding of the principles and practice of law, including the provision of expert and authoritative legal advice and representation in the following areas:

- Police powers, duties and responsibilities;
- Administrative law and public interest immunity claims; and
- Discipline and integrity, privacy and information sharing.

Along with the ability to develop positive and effective client relationships, applicants should have a strong understanding of the structure and culture of government and of the political and legal sensitivities of operating within the public sector.

Please note a requirement of this role is holding a Negative Vetting 2 security clearance or be willing to obtain one.


In exchange for your hard work, you will receive; competitive remuneration, training and development opportunities and 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 cover letter and resume. Please note it is 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, Recruitment Consultant, on (03) 9032 3052.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Monday, 20 January 2020.

Preferred candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks including but not limited to, reference checks and completion of a Pre-employment Declaration and Consent form. Employment of successful candidates will be subject to a National Police Check.

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