Principal Solicitor, Commercial (IT) - Victorian Government Solicitor's Office

  • Challenging, diverse and professionally fulfilling work on matters
  • Largely autonomous role working on transactional matters and high-profile projects as a trusted legal partner to the Victorian Government
  • 1 x Ongoing role & 1 x Fixed Term role (12 month parental leave cover)
  • Full-time or part-time (minimum 3 days/week)
  • VPS 6.1 $120,692 - $141,102 p.a. + super (depending on experience)

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

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 Commercial, Property & Technology Branch advises government clients in relation to a wide range of commercial transactions with the private sector and other government agencies. Many of these arrangements involve substantial financial commitments by government, and the provision of significant infrastructure or services to clients.

An exciting opportunity exists for two Principal Solicitors with a commercial background, to make a strong and meaningful contribution as a senior member of a team within the Commercial, Property & Technology Branch.

Specifically, this role will appeal to you if wish to engage in complex legal and commercial problem solving on important IT projects. The nature of the State's responsibilities mean you will work on projects with a broad mix of new and emerging technologies.


  • Provide commercial legal advice to government clients on IT projects and contracts, intellectual property, competition and consumer law.
  • Draft, negotiate and settle a range of complex IT agreements and documents.
  • Assist the Managing Principal Solicitor in supervising and overseeing the work of a team of solicitors, client relationship management, marketing activities and growing the practice.
  • Undertake research and analysis on complex and challenging matters.

Skills and experience

  • Sound knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of commercial law, including IT and IP matters (understanding of IT procurement / structuring highly regarded).
  • Proven ability to efficiently provide expert and authoritative advice on complex and sensitive matters.
  • Demonstrated experience in business development and client relationship management, with the ability to develop positive and effective relationships in order to support the branch and its practice areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform complex analysis, provide professional leadership, supervision and mentoring to staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team and produce work within tight timeframes.

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, click here to apply now! Applications must include a cover letter and resume. Please note there is no requirement to respond to the Key Selection Criteria separately.

To find out more about this role, please feel free to contact Pieta Spencer, Recruitment Consultant, on (03) 9032 3052.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday, 22 September 2019.