Principal Solicitor

Principal Solicitor – (Temporary Role)

  • Join a world-class organisation
  • Make a difference to the people of NSW
  • Fixed term opportunity until March 2023

Why NSW Treasury

NSW Treasury leads the economic, jobs and investment conversation across New South Wales (NSW). From its position at the centre of government, Treasury drives the economic development strategy to guide the State’s growth for the benefit of the people who live, work and study in NSW. Its work includes boosting trade, investment and tourism, developing industry, supporting jobs growth, improving service delivery to the community and increasing living standards, now and into the future.

NSW is made up of a diverse community with different needs. It is crucial for us to understand and involve the voices of these communities that we serve, design and create policies for. We believe a diverse workplace, where the best people for the job collaborate towards great outcomes, is a world-class workplace. Therefore, we are always on the lookout for people who can bring diverse perspectives that reflect NSW communities to ensure we are effective in the work we do.

We’re committed to building a culture of highly engaged and talented people, all working together in a collaborative and high-performance culture that facilitates career mobility and diversity. Our culture is underpinned by the NSW Public Sector core values of Excellence in Service, Integrity, Accountability and Trust and a clear set of expected behaviours.

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The Team:

Office of the General Counsel (OGC)

The OGC is responsible for providing independent legal advice to the Treasury Cluster Ministers and NSW Treasury. The OGC:

  • supports the Treasurer and NSW Treasury through providing strategic legal advice and providing a ‘legal lens’ to Treasury and whole of Government policy initiatives;
  • provides general support on major commercial transactions and strategic projects;
  • conducts contract reviews, advice and negotiations;
  • undertakes statutory interpretation, review and updates to Treasury legislation;
  • deals with contract disputes, HR disputes, litigation management and support as necessary; and
  • supports Treasury compliance activities from a legal perspective.

The Commercial Transactions Unit leads the State’s major asset transactions which have included the NSW electricity networks, the WestConnex motorways and the commercialisation of other significant assets.

The Role:

The role of the Principal Solicitor, reporting to the Deputy General Counsel - Transactions & Governance, is a newly created position to support the OGC’s strategic role in advising the Commercial Transactions Unit and providing legal support on transaction projects. In this role, you will provide timely and expert legal advice and other support to Treasury, in particular to the Commercial Transactions Unit, on a broad range of legal, legislative and policy issues, on a whole of government basis, and undertake diverse and complex legal and governance analysis on commercial transactions and projects.

Key Skills and Experience

  • Admitted as a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and holding a current practising certificate as a solicitor.
  • Extensive high-level experience in the provision of legal services, including providing legal advice, input into legal and governance policy and drafting legal documentation.
  • Knowledge or capacity to scale familiarity of legislation and case law in any areas of law administered by the agency and those impacting on the government.
  • Proven ability to work in a high-volume complex environment and deliver timely and relevant legal services collaboratively, inclusively and flexibly.
  • Demonstrated capacity to learn and adapt quickly, prioritise, remain accountable for and contextualise legal analysis and advice.
  • Preparedness to extend expertise, experience and skills into new and unfamiliar areas at the intersection of commercial, market, policy and political considerations.


To be eligible to apply for employment within NSW Treasury, candidates must be an Australian citizen, have the status of permanent residence in Australia or have unlimited working rights in Australia.

How to Apply!

Please submit your application for the role via Please ensure you read the role description thoroughly before applying. Your application should include:

  • Cover letter of no more than two pages
  • An up-to-date resume that details your knowledge, skills and experience relevant to the role

Should you require additional information prior to making an application please contact in confidence: Prony Melvin

Applications close: AEST 9:59am Friday, 16 October 2020.