01 Aug

Stephen Lee, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor of the Police Branch has been appointed a Magistrate.

Stephen has spent 29 of his 32 years as a lawyer, leading both the Litigation and Dispute Resolution and, Police Branches of the VGSO, advising Victoria Police and other government public sector clients on complex legal issues.

Victorian Government Solicitor, Marlo Baragwanath commented 'Stephen is regarded by his peers as the quintessential model litigant, and government lawyer and his involvement in key issues for the State throughout his career including recent Royal Commissions are testament to this.'

Stephen is one of the key contributors to the Victorian Government's Common Guiding Principles for the management of ward of State claims and worked for a number of years leading the VGSO's team assisting the State's response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.  He was also a key advisor to the State in the Royal Commission into the Black Saturday Bushfires.

Passionate about social justice issues, Stephen was also integral to the establishment of the VGSO Pro Bono program. He is a long serving board member of Inner Melbourne Community Legal and was instrumental in establishing the pro bono secondment to the community legal centre offered to annually to lawyers at VGSO. 

On announcing his appointment as a Magistrate to the office, Marlo said 'I would like to thank Stephen for his support to me over the last 18 months and his tireless contribution to VGSO over the past nearly three decades.'

VGSO are now recruiting an Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor to lead a team of lawyers who exclusively advise Victoria Police. To read more about this dynamic leadership role please see our Current Opportunities.

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