Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada, and one of the largest employers in the country. It offers a full range of financial products and services and is home to a wealth of expertise in property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, wealth management, services for businesses of all sizes, securities brokerage, asset management, venture capital, and secure, leading-edge virtual access methods.
As a employment and labour lawyer, you help protect the organization’s legal interests by ensuring it complies with all laws. You also play a key role in making sure that its rights are protected and obligations are met. You represent the organization in situations involving its legal interests. You may be responsible for one or more sub-specialties, such as contested matters and the Office of the Corporate Secretary (ethics and professional conduct, official registries, meeting minutes, the general meeting, etc.). You lead development projects and strategic initiatives that are complex and innovative. Your initiatives require extensive knowledge of your specialty area. You make recommendations on the planning and execution of operationally and conceptually complex projects and initiatives that require comprehensive analysis and understanding of the organization and line of business. Coordination is critical, so you frequently interact with stakeholders working in many other fields. Interpersonal savvy is therefore essential. You serve as specialist advisor and subject matter expert, as well as resource person and coach for decision-making bodies
Advise various sectors of the business on employment law, employment agreements, policy development and implementation, human rights, health and safety, and workplace accommodation.
Draft pleadings, advise on litigation strategies and represent employers in proceedings at various administrative tribunals, courts and arbitrations.
Provides expert advice and consultation to managers and human resources consultants.
Analyzes, advises and supports the various organization units with appeals before civil and administrative court.
Issues opinions on facts and applicable legislation and on actions to take.
Represents the organization before the courts, and drafts appropriate procedures, pleads cases or negotiates for best possible conditions.
Assumes responsibility for or participates in special mandates or projects when required. Represents his/her sector on various committees.
Monitors the various organization sectors' compliance with applicable legislation and regulations, and cooperates with sectors in charge of compliance to provide them with the necessary.
Other working conditions
Travel : Must be available for travel to other offices in the GTA area
Number of job available : 1
Bachelor’s degree in a related field
A minimum of six years of relevant experience
Please note that other combinaisons of qualifications and relevant experience may be considered
Must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada / Law Society of Ontario
Desjardins Cross-sector skills
Accountability, Collaborates, Customer Focus, Innovation
Key competencies for the job
Customer focus, Decision quality, Drive results, Interpersonal Savvy, Persuades
95 St-Clair Avenue West Toronto
Legal Affairs (FG)
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Vancouver - Point Grey Campus
Peter A. Allard School of Law
Peter A. Allard School of Law
$45,455.00 (minimum) - $54,566.00 (midpoint) - $65,480.00 (maximum)
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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.
The Peter A. Allard School of Law, Indigenous Community Legal Clinic (ICLC) exists for two purposes: first, to provide free legal services to the Indigenous community in British Columbia, and second, to provide legal education to law students in the Allard School of Law. By enrolling in the ICLC program, students interested in advocacy, social justice and Indigenous peoples can gain practical experience and make a meaningful contribution to a historically underserved and marginalized community. Working at the ICLC gives students practical hands-on experience managing client files and making court appearances. The ICLC is seeking to hire one articling student. Applicants must be a graduate of the Allard School of Law (previously UBC Law). Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed the ICLC program.
The Articling Student reports to the ICLC Academic Director. The articling student works on client matters under the supervision of the ICLC supervising lawyers and will take direction from the ICLC supervising lawyers on client matters. The Articling student will also support the work of and interact with ICLC legal assistants, pro-bono lawyers, up to 10 law students, community participants, volunteers and affiliates as required.
LEGAL CLIENT SERVICES - Explain the function of the ICLC to people who contact the clinic by telephone or walk in. - Interview potential clients by phone or in person. Triage Indigenous peoples into the legal support services offered within the program. - Compile and review client intake forms with supervising lawyers in order to assist in determining whether the ICLC can offer assistance, should open a client file, and the scope of work that will be involved. - Research and organize information, assist in the provision of letters for clients containing instructions on obtaining adjournments from the court. LEGAL RESEARCH and WRITING - Compile legal research on files at the ICLC by researching appropriate case law and legislation, as well as searching and compiling through relevant legal research manuals and databases. - Prepare legal factums, legal opinion letters, and research memoranda based on legal research for review of the supervising lawyers. - Review Reports to Crown Counsel and disclosures from police officers for cases as needed. DOCUMENT PREPARATION - Prepare, and file and serve where necessary, legal documents including, but not limited to affidavits, Applications, Civil Pleadings, Letters of Administration, Notices of Motion, Powers of Attorney, Representation Agreements, and Requisitions. - Prepare documents for courts including, but not limited to written submissions, trial books, books of authorities, and books of evidence. - Prepare and deliver correspondence on client matters. ADVOCACY and COURT WORK - Provide legal services for clients on all court matters under the direct supervision of the ICLC supervising lawyers. ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT - Organizes ICLC calendars and meetings as necessary. - Organizes internal databases, legal precedents, and templates as necessary.
ICLC Academic Director and supervising lawyers.
Consequence of Error/Judgement
Errors in judgments during the intake process could result in the client being without legal representation. Failure to report errors could result in the client not receiving adequate representation. Failure to be sensitive to Indigenous issues and culture could result in alienation of clients or students and of the Indigenous community, resulting in loss of credibility of program
Applicants must be a graduate of Allard School of Law (or UBC Law in past). Preference will be given to applicants who have successfully completed the ICLC program. . Superior research and writing skills. - Excellent interpersonal and communication skills - Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with minimal supervision. - Ability to communicate and relate to Indigenous people and their communities. - Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, handling multiple, simultaneous tasks, prioritizing and meeting deadlines effectively. - Ability to work in a team environment and to take instructions. - Ability to use own initiative and make independent decisions. - Ability to draft routine correspondence. Ability to organize workload, identify urgent work items, and set priorities. - Ability to cope with a heavy workload. - Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality. - Ability to deal with distressed, demanding and/or hostile clients. - Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people including those with low incomes, physical/emotional disabilities, limited literacy, or otherwise disadvantaged. - Ability to exercise empathy and to assist disadvantaged clients, including those with mental disabilities, those with low income, or those whose first language is not English. - Ability to exercise sensitivity to aboriginal people's issues. - A demonstrated awareness of the Indigenous community's cultural diversity. - Ability to exercise a high level of professionalism.
. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Company Information Solid reputation, passionate people and endless opportunities. That's Travelers. Our superior financial strength and consistent record of strong operating returns mean security for our customers - and opportunities for our employees. You will find Travelers to be full of energy and a workplace in which you truly can make a difference. Job Summary Under general direction of the Managing Counsel, has leadership responsibility for a group of assigned staff within a line of business or satellite office. Responsible for recruitment, retention, development, and performance management of assigned staff. Assists and substitutes for Managing Counsel to ensure the smooth functioning of the entire office. As a technical line of business expert, maintains an appropriate individual case load comprised of complex cases. This job is a manager. Primary Job Duties & Responsibilities Lead the staff within the line of business practice group or satellite office. Responsible for training, development, motivation, retention and performance management of staff. Responsible for all aspects of the practice group or satellite, including billing, monthly reporting, coordination of inventory and monitoring of case management system and other office reports. Manages assignment of cases to match experience, knowledge and skill level of lawyers adhering to specialization philosophy and established procedures. Provides feedback and coaching to lawyers. Reviews pretrial reports and other reports for group/office; participates in trial committees. Accountable for ensuring excellent service to clients including prompt and appropriate communication to clients and effective counseling. Conducts training seminars as needed. Shares expertise and advises clients and other business partners on legal matters and changes in the law. Develops and implements strategies to address any identified deficiencies including prompt follow up and resolution of issues. Recruits and recommends hiring of staff within the practice group or satellite. Assists Managing Counsel with management of the office. Acts as backup for Managing Counsel in absence of Managing Counsel. Assists with initiatives within the office and throughout the Staff Counsel program. Ensures that the practice group or satellite provides outstanding advocacy to clients and achieves excellent results on own cases and those assigned to Counsel within the practice group/office. Ensures completion of, initial case analysis, litigation plans, case evaluations, summaries, legal research, pretrial reports, trial reports and other required items (all case handling guidelines) in a timely and quality manner. Achieves desired results through effective advocacy and trial skills. Reviews files monthly focusing on maintaining high quality. Maintains caseload standards set by Managing Counsel. Manages legal expenses. Minimum Qualifications Law degree (Juris Doctorate) (LL.B.) required. Membership in good standing with Provincial Legal Society required. Job Specific & Technical Skills & Competencies Superior Legal Knowledge and Skills. Leadership skills. Conflict resolution/management. Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Integrity. Planning, Prioritizing and Goal Setting. Industry based Technology familiarity. Environmental/Work Schedules/Other Weekend work hours (Frequently). Physical Requirements Operates standard office equipment (Frequently). Sitting (Can stand at will) (Frequently). Standing (Occasionally). Lifting items up to (Weight) pounds / (Frequently 11-20 lbs). Use of Keyboards, Sporadic 10-Key (Continuously). Driving (Occasionally). Equal Employment Opportunity Statement Travelers is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing accommodation to persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation during the recruitment or interview process we will work with you to accommodate your needs.