The Counsel, Practice Review (Lawyer Practice), independently or as a member of a review team, renders an opinion on professional competence following the conduct of an examination of a Lawyer’s practice with respect to practice management systems, attention to the interests of client, physical elements of the office, books, records, files, and legal knowledge, and any other factor related to the professional competence as expressed in the Law Society Act, By-laws, and Rules of Professional Conduct (the “Rules”).
An LL.B, J.D. or equivalent education and training, coupled with being a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
5 to 7 years private practice experience, either in small or large firms, with a focus on real estate.
In depth understanding of the Law Society’s mandate, services, legislation and policies.
Solid understanding of a variety of areas of law.
Management experience in a law practice is an asset.
Knowledge of current trends and developments in practice management and relevant areas of law.
Broad understanding of the application of technology preferably in a regulatory/legal environment, in particular, reminder, bring/forward and docketing systems.
Expressive and persuasive in both spoken and written language.
Ability to reason through complex spoken and written information.
Knowledgeable about legal concepts and their application, including strengths in issue identification, analytical skills, and application of expert knowledge.
Strong risk management skills are an asset, as is a pragmatic approach to remediation of such risks.
Expertise in practice management procedures and controls within different areas of practice.
Familiarity with general and trust accounting record keeping practices.
Ability to communicate clearly and accurately both orally and in writing.
Extensive, and occasional overnight, travel throughout Ontario is required when conducting reviews.
*By submitting your application for employment, you agree to a clearance check of your regulatory history with the Law Society, and to the use of this information in assessing suitability for employment at the Law Society.
Client / Customer Service Delivery
Focusing on areas of practice, which historically give rise to concerns related to professional competence, attends at the Lawyer’s office, conducts interviews, reviews files and systems, and prepares interim or final reports that include an opinion on whether the Lawyer is meeting standards of professional competence, and may contain recommendations for the improvement of the Lawyer’s practice.
Examines the law practice of the Lawyer ensuring compliance with the Law Society Act, Rules, and By-Laws.
Examines documents and records, and interviews the Lawyer, their staff, or others as indicated.
Prepares reports in accordance with Law Society precedents, analyzing and summarizing findings with general comments where needed, and making recommendations for improvement where needed.
Assesses risk to the public and recommends practical solutions to mitigate the risk.
Identifies breaches, or potential breaches, of the Law Society Act, By-laws, and Rules.
Conducts Follow-up Reviews as needed to ensure recommendations are acted upon.
Follows procedural and administrative requirements ensuring appropriate reviews are conducted and reports are prepared in a timely fashion.
May be required to provide evidence in regulatory proceedings.
Performance Goals, Targets and Standards
Works with other Law Society staff to establish, monitor and continuously improve the review process and the writing of reports.
Contributes to and participates in the development of standardized practices, guidelines and procedures for the conduct and disposition of reviews.
Identifies and informs Counsel and Assistant Manager, Practice Review of the need for policy development or change in areas related to the Law Society Act, Rules, By-laws, Practice Management Guidelines, Basic Management Checklist and reporting templates.
Participates in the development of policy when assigned.
As an independent reviewer, and as a member of a reviewer team, promotes the sharing and transfer of knowledge, applicable standards and information amongst team members within the Department and Division.
Works with and shares expertise with other Professional Development and Competence and Professional Regulation Counsel and team members engaged in the regulation and enhancement of licensee conduct and competence.
The requirement to maintain a high standard of commitment, ethics, respect, and care in service delivery to clients (internal and/or external).
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
The requirement to structure and deliver effective verbal and written communication to co-workers, licensees, the public, and others in a non-threatening and constructive way.
The requirement to share responsibility for the achievement of team goals and the associated behaviours required for individuals to contribute effectively in a team environment.
The requirement to demonstrate an attitude that consistently strives to improve a standard of excellence for one’s self and for the benefit of the organization, its licensees and stakeholders.
Problem Solving and Judgement
The requirement to identify and analyze problems, determine root causes, evaluate alternative solutions and take and/or recommend appropriate solutions.
Technical Competence / Professional Knowledge
The requirement to apply knowledge and skills to carry out the work and/or provide advice.
This also includes the quality of advice given, as well as the requirement to make decisions in the best interests of the organization as a whole.