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Principal Solicitor (Vpsg6)

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions - Melbourne, VIC

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The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) was established to ensure Victoria's strong economic performance by growing industries and regions. Here at DJPR, we're making sure Victoria's economy benefits all Victorians by creating more jobs for more people, building thriving places and regions and nurturing inclusive communities.

Our work supports a range of diverse portfolios and operates across metropolitan, regional and international offices. We also oversee various public entities, including public corporations, regulatory authorities and specialist boards.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities.

Our values are accountability, integrity and respect, and underpin everything we do.

Principal Solicitor, Commercial Law

  • $124,033 – $165,983 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Ongoing
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: 1 Spring Street, Melbourne (flexibility may be available)

The position of Principal Solicitor, Commercial Law forms a part of the Legal and Legislation branch within Corporate Services. The Legal and Legislation Branch supports the department's strategic priorities by partnering with our client areas and delivering quality legal advice, dispute management, legislation development and commercial legal services. We provide practical and solutions focussed legal services that appropriately manage risk, so that we assist our clients achieve their strategic outcomes. 

This position is a senior member in the Commercial Law Unit. The role will be primarily responsible for leading the provision of legal advice for the Department's international office network, supported by advice as required from international law firms in the various jurisdictions. The role will be further supported from other lawyers within the Commercial Legal Team as required. The role will also assist the Department more broadly across the range of its portfolio responsibilities.

Legal matters across the international network are varied, and predominately focus in the areas of employment, property leases, other commercial agreements and there is some focus on minor Victorian legislative aspects. It is not expected that the occupant of the position would have particular expertise in private or public international law, however some experience in dealing with matters in an international/cross-jurisdictional context will be well regarded but not essential.

Legal issues across the Department are mainly focused on commercial and contractual matters, administrative law and public law matters, including dispute resolution and other issues arising from the administration of portfolio legislation and for a diverse client group including regional staff, policy officers and administrative decision makers.

About you

You will have commercial insight and display an innovative and proactive approach to your work to achieve fit for purpose resolutions for your clients. You will have commercial and/or employment law experience in either a government or private sector environment. Further, you will have demonstrated experience working closely with complex client groups and managing multiple concurrent legal matters through to resolution.

Reporting to the Director, Commercial Law, the key accountabilities of the role will include:

  • Draft and review a range of legal documentation, including agreements and instruments, dealing with highly sensitive and complex issues, including development of precedents and conduct negotiations to settle documentation, primarily for matters in the international offices' context.
  • Provide expert authoritative and strategic advice on complex and sensitive legal, legislative and policy issues and proposals.
  • Manage delivery of legal services, primarily for matters in the international offices' context, including provision and management of legal and legislative services by external providers to ensure high quality advice and value for money.
  • Develop and maintain a strong corporate and working knowledge of the international network, including entity and employment structures, together with the other portfolio areas of the Department more generally.
  • Brief, and instruct counsel or external solicitors in complex or sensitive matters. Manage and interpret the advice from counsel or external solicitors through to the client business area.

For a confidential discussion, please call Adrian Shavitsky, Director, Commercial Law on 03 8392 6990

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing employment with the Department.

To be eligible for this position you must hold the mandatory qualification as outlined in the position description.

For further information on the position, please refer to the attached position description.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressing the first five key selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Applications close at midnight on 5 April 2021.