Senior Solicitor - Police

  • Exposure to high profile Police issues
  • Operate with autonomy on interesting legal matters
  • Ongoing; full time; VPS 5 $96,942 - $117,293 + super p.a 

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

The VGSO provides responsive legal services exclusively for the Victorian Government and public sector. 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
We are seeking a passionate and motivated Senior Solicitor to join our Police Branch which provides legal services, strategic advice and representation to the Chief Commissioner of Police and, by extension, all Victoria Police personnel across the State. This role offers exposure to a diverse range of matters, including but not limited to:

  • Criminal law, police duties, powers and responsibilities;
  • Statutory interpretation, criminal disclosure obligations and subpoenas;
  • Administrative law, privacy and information sharing;
  • Forensic procedures and intervention order applications; and
  • Summary prosecutions and emergency management.


  • Provide legal and strategic advice, both written and oral, on a wide range of complex matters, often of an urgent nature.
  • Undertake research and analysis on complex and sensitive legal matters.
  • Appear or instruct counsel in varied and sensitive proceedings in courts and tribunals.

Skills and experience

  • Admitted to practice as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
  • Minimum of three years post admission experience in a legal practice environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of:
    • the principles and practice of police powers, duties and responsibilities 
    • the rules of evidence, criminal practice and procedure and the principles of administrative law and statutory interpretation 
    • the practice and procedures of various Courts including the processes and Rules of Court applicable to criminal litigation, disclosure, subpoenas, trials, appeals, etc.
  • Proven ability to provide oral and written advice on complex and sensitive matters and carry out complex legal research and analysis.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team and build positive relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

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. Candidates will also be required to complete a few questions covering the Key Selection Criteria as part of the online application form. Please note it is not required 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 Thursday, 24 January 2019.