Lead Counsel - Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Two newly created senior legal roles with strong client focus and strategic management capability
  • Diverse and high profile work on matters of public interest
  • Ongoing; full time
  • VPS 7 $161,508 - $219,653 + 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
The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Branch of the VGSO 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.

These newly created roles will have a significant strategic focus in leading the direction of the branch and providing highly specialised and sector-recognised legal expertise and people leadership. In addition, there will be a key emphasis on leading client strategy and managing financial metrics, with a focus on:

  • implementation of Client Relationship Management (CRM) deliverables;
  • change management approaches; and
  • organisational culture.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide highly specialised legal expertise and technical legal advice across government;
  • Provide strategic leadership to legal teams, ensuring the provision of high quality and responsive legal services and advice in alignment with the VGSO's Strategic Plan and the VGSO values; and
  • Proactively advance the VGSO's client strategies, practice areas and client relationships in order to further develop positive existing client relationships and establish new business opportunities.

About the successful applicants
You are regarded as an expert; a senior and highly experienced legal practitioner with a strong understanding of the structure and culture of government and of the political and legal sensitivities of operating within the public sector. You are excited to lead people leaders and understand the importance of having the right people, management and processes in place to facilitate the provision of high quality legal services to government clients. You are experienced in leading and developing high performing teams.

As such, you will be an experienced professional leader with the capacity to contribute strategically and drive continuous improvement. You will also have demonstrated business development and relationship management experience, with the ability to develop positive and effective client relationships in order to grow the branch and its practice areas.

In exchange for your hard work and desire to achieve administrative excellence, 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, click here to apply now! Applications must include a 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 feel free to contact Stephanie Lou, People and Culture Advisor, on (03) 9032 3020.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday, 26 May 2019.