Investigator- Intervention and Enforcement (VPSG4)

Job posted: 21/07/2021
Applications close: 04/08/2021 (Midnight)
11 days remaining

11 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Office of the Legal Services Commissioner

Salary: $87,640 - $99,438

Occupation: Legal

Reference: VG/IEVLSBC190

Reference: VG/IEVLSBC190

Occupation: Legal

Salary Range: $87,640 - $99,438

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner (VLSB+C) is the regulator of the legal profession in Victoria. We are responsible for regulating lawyers through the granting of licences as well as investigating and acting on enquiries and complaints from the public. As a modern regulator, we are committed to educating lawyers about current and emerging issues to drive innovation, compliance and harm reduction, and improving the public’s understanding of the legal sector to ensure all Victorians have access to effective and high-quality justice. Our people are passionate about maintaining and protecting the rule of law by ensuring the integrity of the legal profession.

About the position

We are looking for a solicitor to join our Intervention and Enforcement Team to oversee the Board's External Interventions function.  The I&E Team is part of our Investigations Division and deals with many of the most serious regulatory matters involving lawyers and law practices.  The breadth of work across the I&E team, Investigations Division, and VLSB&C creates great opportunities for enriching career development. 

The Team's work includes:

-          ‘External interventions', whereby independent interveners are appointed by the Board and Court to take over law practices where legal practitioners are unable to continue to do so;

-          Investigating and resolving claims against the Fidelity Fund, which may arise from serious criminal activity involving lawyers and occasionally complainants;

-          Investigation and prosecution of lawyers involved in criminal activity, including collaborating with other law enforcement bodies; and

-          Protecting consumers from unqualified legal practice through investigations and prosecutions and remedies including injunctions.

The successful candidate will take a leading role in all aspects of the Board's External Interventions function to appoint independent third parties to operate law practices where the legal practitioners are unable to continue to because of serious misconduct, or through an unforeseen serious event. This regulatory function ensures proper protection of the interests of the general public, clients, law practices and other stakeholders.

The successful candidate will liaise with a diverse group of stakeholders in assessing the need for the external intervention, draft recommendations, prepare relevant correspondence, problem solve as new issues arise in the course of the intervention, manage related litigation, manage budgets, prepare papers and reports, and ensure interventions are finalised appropriately and expeditiously.

The successful candidate will also work with other members of the Team to assist in the investigation of events leading up to the External Intervention as these frequently bear upon trust records investigations, criminal investigations and/or Fidelity Fund claims which are dealt with by the Team. The position requires a sound level of understanding of how to interpret and apply legislation, especially the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014, and well developed interpersonal and time/priority management skills.

The successful candidate will also have opportunities to develop their career through exposure to, and work in, related areas undertaken by the Team including the Fidelity Fund and criminal law investigations and prosecutions.   

Minimum period of two to three years post admission experience in civil/commercial law preferred.

The Application Process

When submitting your application, please attach your CV and responses to the key selection criteria questions in the Job Application form (MANDATORY).  Individual responses to “key selection criteria” listed on the Position Description are not required.  Attachments can be uploaded in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.  Employment of successful candidates will be subject to a National Police Check.  

For all enquiries regarding this position, please contact Howard Bowles on 9679 8167.