10 Aug 2011

The Victorian Attorney-General, Robert Clark has announced the appointment of Mr Peter Stewart as the next Victorian Government Solicitor.

Mr Stewart will commence at VGSO on Monday 15 August.
Mr Clark said Mr Stewart would provide strong leadership to the VGSO's team of more than 110 lawyers. Read the full story here.

"The Victorian Government Solicitor is one of the most senior legal officers of the government and is looked upon to provide authoritative and expert legal advice across a wide range of complex legal issues, projects and litigation," Mr Clark said.
"Mr Stewart's strong record of achievement in legal practice, coupled with his proven capacity to provide legal advice to government, make him an ideal appointee for this role."
Mr Stewart worked with major law firm Allens Arthur Robinson and its predecessor for over 21 years, including as a partner from 1993.

Previously, he worked for six years as a policy adviser in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and as a legal adviser to the Australian Law Reform Commission.

"Mr Stewart has a distinguished history in providing advice to government at the most senior level on large and complex projects and contracts of state-wide significance. He brings to the role of Victorian Government Solicitor a rare combination of both public sector and private sector experience," Mr Clark said.
"The skills and experience Mr Stewart will bring to the role of Victorian Government Solicitor will help further build the VGSO's strengths in providing high-quality legal advice and in attracting talented and dedicated staff."

Mr Stewart, appointed for five years, replaces Mr John Cain whose term ended earlier this year. Mr Clark thanked both Mr Cain and the Acting Victorian Government Solicitor, Mr James Ruddle, for their service in this role.