16 May

Julie Freeman, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor, is a finalist in the 14th Victorian Legal Awards in the Government Lawyer of the Year category.

The Victorian Law Awards honour the outstanding achievements of Victorian lawyers in areas including government law, access to justice and pro bono legal work, in-house counsel, accredited specialisation, mentoring and community lawyers.

Throughout the award's fourteen year history, previous recipients have included current senior VGSO colleagues Alison O'Brien, Assistant Victorian Government Solicitor of Government and Public Law and Mary Scalzo, Managing Principal Solicitor.

Speaking on Julie's shortlisting as a finalist, Victorian Government Solicitor, Marlo Baragwanath commented 'I'm glad to see Julie's outstanding leadership in government law recognised in this way - seeing government lawyers who contribute to key projects across the State recognised by awards like this really positions government law as a valid and rewarding career choice.  I hope that it encourages other talented lawyers to join or progress in the public sector.'

Julie joined VGSO in 2013 from private legal practice to lead a practice of 25 lawyers in VGSO's Commercial Property & Technology team.  Julie is a key adviser to government entities in a wide range of sectors, including emergency services, gambling, racing, corrections and youth justice, transport, energy and resources.

Julie commented 'it's a real compliment to be acknowledged in this way. I pursued a career advising government as I enjoy seeing the community impact of my work.  I relish the diverse nature of government work and the particular challenges that come from working with the complex range of stakeholders who need to be considered in any project.  I also love working with a group of committed government lawyers at VGSO and within the broader public service.

Winners are announced this Friday 18 May. 

For further information contact:

Lucia Halliburton

03 9947 1416