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We operate as a Public Service Executive Agency related to the Department of Justice with the Crown Solicitor as Head of the agency. We are the largest provider of legal services to the NSW Government and its agencies and the sole provider of legal services in all matters which are regarded as being core to government functions. We also provide general commercial, or untied, services to the Government and its agencies and compete with private law firms for this work.

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About Us

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The Crown Solicitor’s Office is a leader in the areas of law most relevant to the Government. Our staff gain practical experience working on significant and often high profile matters with important social, economic and political implications for the community.

We are the largest provider of legal services to the NSW Government and its agencies and the sole provider of legal services in all matters which are regarded as being core to government functions.

We also provide general commercial, or untied, services to the Government and its agencies and compete with private law firms for this work. We are on the legal panels of a wide spectrum of NSW government departments and agencies.

We manage thousands of legal matters each year, many of which are long-running matters involving substantial litigation. We are highly effective at managing our clients' costs.

The Crown Solicitor’s Office ("CSO") strives to not only be the legal services provider of choice to the NSW Government, but also the legal services employer of choice in the state public sector. The CSO works with over 500 government clients on a commercial basis in the conduct of litigation, provision of legal advice, representation in courts and tribunals and drafting of legal documents and agreements.

Operating as a Public Service Executive Agency related to the Department of Justice, the Crown Solicitor as Head of the agency competes with the private legal profession for commercial work as well as being the sole provider of core work to the government.

The areas we specialise in are: Child protection, commercial law, community law, constitutional & administrative law, criminal law, employment & industrial relations, government law, inquiries, property & native title, torts law (justice/enforcement agencies), torts law (service/regulatory agencies)

The Crown Solicitor’s Office is located at 60-70 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, 2000. We employ approximately 180 solicitors and 50 paralegals in full-time or part-time work and over 120 business and legal support staff. 

Graduate Program

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Crown Solicitors Office Graduate Rotation Program

We offer a two-year rotation program consisting of four, six-monthly rotations across various Legal Practice Groups. You will gain broad experience in any of our 11 areas of law. The program provides targeted training activities, on-the-job training and the opportunity to develop skills in advice writing, litigation and transactional work to ensure that by the end of the program you have the capability levels of a Solicitor, Grade I-III.

The areas of law the graduates may be able to experience include:

  • Child protection
  • Commercial law
  • Community law
  • Constitutional & Administrative Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Government Law
  • Inquiries
  • Property & Native Title
  • Torts Law (Justice/Enforcement Agencies)
  • Torts Law (Service/Regulatory Agencies)

Ideally, we are looking for recent graduates who have less than two year’s law experience.

Prospects for advancement are excellent with all solicitors having the opportunity to manage a practice relatively early in their careers, thus gaining valuable experience in client service. The CSO also offers a rotation program between practice groups and secondment opportunities to client agencies. Our training and development programs offer a diverse choice of internal and external training and comprehensive opportunities.

Career opportunities are advertised on the internet at http://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/​​

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander targeted employment opportunity programs are available.

To find out more about vacancies, please contact [email protected]

Our Culture

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The work we perform is challenging, varied, interesting and often high profile, with important social, economic and political implications for the community. We compete with other private legal firms not each other and we actively encourage an open, sharing and encouraging environment.

We give our solicitors conduct of matters from start to finish, with support and supervision. This provides you with a deep and rewarding understanding of legal practice. Prospects for advancement are excellent, with rotation, temporary assignments and secondment opportunities.

We are an equal opportunity employer and our staff enjoy excellent employment conditions at our centrally located Sydney office. Not only do we offer flexible working hours we also encourage a healthy work/life balance with access to ongoing training and education, massages, yoga, Pilates and counselling services.

We firmly believe that a healthy life/work balance contributes to our success and the overall wellbeing of our group. The CSO continually improves its environmental awareness and is a partner in the Office of Environment and Heritage's Sustainability Advantage program.

Our Expertise

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We are the leading and largest provider of legal services to state government agencies in NSW. We have an unsurpassed knowledge of the legal challenges and contingencies that face NSW government organisations.

We know government. You can be assured we understand your priorities and objectives, and the sensitive political environment in which you operate. We operate with the highest possible levels of probity and professional independence.

We have the right experience. We manage many thousands of matters each year across the full spectrum of NSW government agencies. Our eleven practice groups offer you the benefits of a full service legal business.

We provide prompt, authoritative advice focused on resolution. Our annual client surveys confirm that we have a reputation for providing appropriate, pragmatic, cost effective legal solutions. We utilise alternative dispute resolution on a regular basis and have an excellent track record of resolving claims advantageously and at an early stage.

We keep costs to a minimum. We exist to serve the public interest not to maximise profit.

We will protect your interests and reputation. Our emphasis on the law, honesty, ethics, integrity and reputation is particularly relevant, given the public's growing expectation of transparency and a high degree of accountability. We are accustomed to conducting matters under the glare of public scrutiny.

We compete on our merits. Government agencies are under no obligation to use us for non-core work and we successfully compete in the legal market place for this work.

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