Legal Assistant, Labour & Employment

  • Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Mar 22, 2019
Full time Legal Assistant Legal Support

Job Description

Fasken is a leading international business law and litigation firm. Our firm’s 700 lawyers are located across offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City, London and Johannesburg. Providing strategic and thoughtful advice in all areas of business law, our broad range of clients include close to half of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as corporate clients, government agencies, regulatory authorities, non-profit bodies and individuals.

We are a high-achieving, professional, entrepreneurial, team-oriented, and friendly place to work. We are committed to diversity and inclusion, and offer a welcoming environment for all people. While we are here to service our clients and are a deadline-driven industry, we look to be innovative, and there are opportunities to participate in initiatives which make a difference in our firm and community as well as to attend Firm social events.

Achieve excellence doing work that’s challenging and rewarding, with people you’ll like working with, in an environment that’s welcoming, supportive, entrepreneurial and innovative, where you’re a valued contributor, not just an employee. For additional information about the firm or this position, please visit our website at www.fasken.com.

LEGAL ASSISTANT, LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

Job Summary

We are currently seeking a Legal Assistant to join our Labour and Employment team. They will have a strong work ethic, be collaborative, professional, adaptable and positive and interested in their work.

Hours of work are from 9 am to 5 pm. Occasional pre-authorized overtime may be required to meet client needs.

At Fasken, success means:

  • A strong client service approach - ready, willing, and able
  • Impeccable proofreading and grammar skills
  • Being organized, with high attention to detail and accuracy when completing tasks
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to be resourceful and work with minimal instruction or supervision
  • Being able to work within tight timelines to meet deadlines, reassessing priorities as needed
  • Strong communication skills (both verbal and written) when dealing with lawyers, clients, staff and third parties
  • Being proactive and taking initiative in anticipation of next steps.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Handling all administrative duties such as file openings and ongoing file maintenance, preparing cheque requests, coordinating meetings, processing incoming and outgoing mail and preparing expense reports;
  • Managing key dates and updating calendar for lawyers, including meetings, appointments, due dates, discoveries, expert witness and other court-designated hearings;
  • Preparing correspondence, documents and presentations;
  • Take responsibility for arranging to serve and file pleadings, motions and appellate documents with the court (all levels of court, including Provincial) in accordance with the Rules of Civil Procedure, the Provincial Offences Act and practice directions; As well, from time to time, serve and file Ontario Labour Relations Board and Human Rights Tribunal documents in accordance with the OLRB and HRTO Rules of Procedure and practice directions;
  • Communicating with court staff, as necessary; keep current with changes in court rules and filing procedures;
  • Provide back-up assistance to various professionals and/or assistants within the team, as required;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Completion of a post-secondary Legal Assistant or Law Clerk course and three to five years’ experience working in the area of Civil Litigation and/or Labour and Employment law. Knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation would be an asset;
  • In-depth knowledge of legal terminology, court rules and procedures (including the Ontario Court of Justice, Provincial Offences Court, Federal Court of Appeal, Provincial Court of Appeal would be an asset);
  • Proficiency and working knowledge in MS Office 2010, Windows 7, Worksite DMS, Elite, 3E and ACL.

Supervision

This role has a dual reporting relationship with the lawyers in the share and the Legal Assistant Supervisor.

Accessibility and Accommodation

It is important to our Firm that all its members, including those with disabilities, find our workplace to be welcoming and supportive. Reasonable accommodations are available on request for candidates with disabilities taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Background and Reference Checks

Any offer of employment may be conditional upon full background checks including a criminal record check, a credit check and employment and educational verifications. A reference check will also be conducted.

Your Application

Qualified candidates are asked to submit their application and please indicate the position you are applying for in your cover letter. We appreciate hearing from all qualified candidates, however, only those applicants whose background and experience match our requirements will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

NO AGENCIES, PLEASE.

Practice Area(s)

Labour and employment law