Supervising Lawyer

Job posted: 26/06/2024
Applications close: 16/07/2024 (Midnight)
1 day remaining

1 day remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Victoria Police

Salary: $106,534 - $128,897

Occupation: Legal

Reference: VG/E20029663NB

Reference: VG/E20029663NB

Occupation: Legal

Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to progress your career and obtain experience working as a Supervising Lawyer in the Specialist Legal & Litigation Division of the Victoria Police Legal Services Department (LSD). Our vision is to be a centre of legal excellence, with people who are recognised as being fair, just and valued partners in the Victorian justice system.

Victoria Police's LSD provides legal services and advice to support policing, courts, and the Victorian community. The LSD is led by an Executive Director (who is also the organisation's General Counsel) and employs over 800 staff spread across four divisions – the Office of the Executive Director; the Specialist Legal and Litigation Division; the Courts & Prosecution Services Division; and the Legal Business Operations Division.

This position reports to the Managing Principal Lawyer (Confiscations) of the Criminal Investigations and Confiscations Legal Unit (CICLU).

CICLU sits within the Specialist Legal and Litigation Division (Division) of the Legal Services Department. The Division provides specialist legal expertise in support of Victoria Police's operational and business activities.

Your primary responsibility is to advise and assist the Criminal Proceeds Squad, and Victoria Police more generally, on all aspects of the Confiscation Act 1997 (Vic) (Confiscation Act). This includes advising on police investigations and court proceedings, reviewing confiscation matters prior to referral to the Proceeds of Crime Directorate at the Office of Public Prosecutions and conducting litigation on behalf of the Chief Commissioner of Police.

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and supports flexible working arrangements.

Your duties will include:

  • Promoting the integrity of Victoria Police and Legal Services Department
  • Providing expert legal advice to the Criminal Proceeds Squad on a variety of complex and sensitive matters
  • Preparing court applications under the Confiscation Actg. Restraining Orders, Unexplained Wealth Restraining Orders, Civil Forfeiture Restraining Orders, Freezing Orders
  • Preparing applications relating to information-gathering powers e.g. Information Notices, Production Orders
  • Appearing in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria on behalf of the Chief Commissioner in confiscation proceedings
  • Self-management of case load and service delivery requirements
  • Maintaining professional relationships with internal partners and external stakeholders
  • Manage complex and sensitive information with due regard

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • The ability to independently review, manage and conduct complex and sensitive confiscation proceedings in the Magistrates' Court of Victoria
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and experience in oral/written advocacy.
  • Experience in providing highly specialised legal advice (both oral and written), and a clear understanding of the implications of decisions made on the basis of that advice
  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously work on multiple complex files
  • Experience in performing legal research with the ability to identify and deal with critical legal issues
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including high levels of emotional intelligence, self-awareness and resilience
  • A current unrestricted practising certificate or be eligible to obtain one

Demonstrated experience in civil litigation and/or criminal law (with a particular emphasis on proceeds of crime/asset confiscation) would be highly desirable.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full-time, fixed-term until 20/06/2025 position available.
  • The salary range for a VPSG5 role is $106,534 to $128,897 (covering salary ranges VPSG5.1 and VPSG5.2).  Although it is standard practice for selected candidates to commence at the base of the salary range, genuine consideration will be given to a commencement salary within the available range that is commensurate with the successful candidate's knowledge, skills and experiences. This will be subject to negotiations with the Hiring Manager in the course of the selection process and may include the provision of evidence of a higher income and/or supporting documentation (as required).
  • This position is located at Victoria Police Centre, 311 Spencer Street, Docklands.
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo National Security Vetting, achieve and maintain a security classification as determined by the Department Head. To achieve this, applicants must be an Australian Citizen.
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • As a member of the Legal Services Department you will be located, on selection, at a specific office within a Division for a particular advertised opportunity. However, given occasional legal service demand issues you may be required at times to undertake varied work within the Department.  This supports the Departments commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce and professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains.

Your application must include:

  • Resume
  • Completed application form – the word document (2. Application form) for you to complete and attach to your submission, is attached to the job advertisement.

Applications close midnight, 16 July 2024

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) website, Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic) or Seek. Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.

Current Victorian Government employees must apply via Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE). 

For further information, please contact: Edward Chee, Managing Principal Lawyer on 0447 566 257 or edward.chee@police.vic.gov.au. No recruitment agency please.

We welcome applications from people with disability. If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirement/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email VPSRECRUITMENT@police.vic.gov.au or on (03) 8335 8082.

About Us:

Victoria Police has a dedicated workforce of more than 22,000 employees consisting of police, protective services officers, police custody officers, and public service staff. Each employee plays a vital role in providing the 24/7, 365 days a year emergency response and public safety capability the organisation delivers to its community. As a Victoria Police employee, you have a dedication and commitment to community safety. 

Having a workforce that reflects the community we serve is important to Victoria Police. We want to attract and retain people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities, and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. If you are interested in a position, we encourage you to apply as we celebrate the benefit that diversity brings to our employees, our services, and our community. Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/vps

Supervising Lawyer

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Full time

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Edward Chee, Managing Principal Lawyer | 0447 566 257 or edward.chee@police.vic.gov.au

Supervising Lawyer