Legal Counsel

  • BC Public Service
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Mar 22, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other) Litigator Solicitor

Job Description

Legal Counsel
Legal Counsel Level 3

  • Under the Public Service Labour Relations Act, this position is excluded from union membership.
  • An eligibility list may be established.

Become an integral part of B.C.'s Justice System in this senior role

On behalf of the Attorney General, lawyers in the Legal Services Branch discharge the duties and functions assigned to the Attorney General under the Attorney General Act. As Civil Litigation Legal Counsel, you provide advice and appear, where necessary, in court and before administrative tribunals representing the Crown and are expected to negotiate and recommend settlements where appropriate. Your work involves matters of a confidential and sensitive nature and you have a broad range of professional skills that enable you to give advice at any time in an area of law outside the dimensions of your assigned legal responsibilities.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and abilities:

  • excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • strong analytical abilities and research skills;
  • strong organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities;
  • strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to their work;
  • ability to mentor more junior colleagues; and
  • ability to work independently or as part of a team.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a beautiful city, with beautiful beaches and harbours, and a variety of provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • Must be a member in good standing or eligible to become a member in the Law Society of British Columbia.
  • 12 or more years of call.
  • Experience in the conduct of civil litigation at the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal
  • Preference may be given to applicants with very strong academic records, clerkships and relevant publications


  • Travel is a requirement for this position.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Records Check is required.


Cover Letter: YES - A cover letter is required as part of your application. Please indicate your Year of Call in your cover letter. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying. Please provide a list of reported decisions in which you appeared as counsel (along with citations for each of the decisions). A recent writing sample (ideally a factum or written argument submitted to a court or tribunal) may be requested during screening.

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