Legal Counsel

  • HSBC
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • May 04, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, is the largest and leading international bank in Canada. HSBC serves customers worldwide through an international network of around 3,800 offices in 66 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa

We help companies and individuals across Canada to manage their finances through three global business lines: Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Retail Banking and Wealth Management.


It’s this global connectivity that you will find yourself inspired and collaborating with colleagues not just locally but also across continents and cultures.


About Global Functions


HSBC’s Global Functions play a vital role in supporting the bank’s Global Businesses and offer a broad range of career opportunities in areas from Legal, Risk and Finance to Human Resources, Sustainability, Marketing and Communications. Our operational and functional teams around the world help HSBC’s Global Businesses to operate efficiently and effectively on a day-to-day basis. They also focus on controls and governance to reduce risk and protect the Group’s reputations.


Global Legal plays an important role in protecting HSBC’s reputation, helping to safeguard the organisation by providing robust and comprehensive advice on legal issues and risks. Our lawyers advise senior management and the Global Businesses and Functions. They offer a range of legal skills, jurisdictional experience and practice specialisms across all the countries and territories in which HSBC operates.

  Key Objectives for Legal Counsel:
  Legal Counsel, Litigation, provides practical and risk based legal advice with respect to litigation, disputes and operational matters arising out of the business division and provides assistance and support to the relevant business partners, Senior Legal Counsel, Deputy General Counsel and the General Counsel.  

Principle Accountabilities:

  • Provide prompt, commercial, practical legal advice to assigned areas.

  • Be pro-active in the provision of legal support and in advising the area/business promptly of material legal developments and their implications.

  • Ensure legal management is fully briefed on major issues arising in relevant business area and major legislative changes in area of expertise.

  • Retain and instruct panel law firms and other appropriate external parties as needed.

  • Maintain and develop positive and professional working relationships with all team members within Legal and assigned departments for which the jobholder is responsible.

  • Participate effectively as part of the Legal Team.

  • Share legal knowledge and best practices with legal colleagues.

  • Promote an environment that supports diversity and reflects the HSBC brand.

  • Perform risk management functions and assist in preparation of appropriate Bank policies.

  • Perform legal research and keep abreast of legal and regulatory developments that affect the division’s business, and disseminate this information through the business.

  • Provide legal services in a cost-effective manner.

  • Manage the approach to legal risk within assigned departments, to ensure that the interests of the HSBC Group are adequately protected.

  • Assist the business to remain compliant with legal risk management requirements set out in the Group Standards Manual and Legal FIM.

  • Awareness of the operational risk scenario associated with the role and to ensure that all actions during employment with HSBC take account of the likelihood of operational risk occurring.

  • Leadership over all regulatory and compliance matters and the management of operational risk

  • Ensure that all employees are aware of and effectively identify and manage applicable money laundering (ML), terrorist financing (TF), sanctions and reputational risks.

  • Complete other responsibilities, as assigned.


Knowledge & experience / Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Degree (B.A., B.S.); Legal - LLB or JD.

  • Qualified as a lawyer in a Canadian common law jurisdiction.

  • Minimum of three years proven and progressive legal experience, or equivalent.

  • Strong advocacy, negotiation, interpersonal, organizational, legal research and verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to quickly apply abstract concepts of law and make quick, innovative and practical decisions to resolve problems.

  • Broad skill set and sense of curiosity to take on wide ranging challenges

  • Ability to defend the Company and Group affiliates from claims and advocate their interests while maintaining their reputation for honesty and integrity.

  • Proficiency with personal computers as well as pertinent mainframe systems and software packages.

  • Accurate and concise drafting skills.

  • Ability to respond in a timely and effective manner to management and staff with sound legal analysis.

  • Ability to work proactively and show initiative, judgement and discretion.

  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure and to take initiative.

  • Effective communication, negotiating and analytical skills.

  • Ability to manage diverse and substantial work portfolio.

  • High personal standards, self motivation and ability to work withlimited supervision.


HSBC Proud

In 2018, HSBC Bank Canada was named one of the “Best 50 Corporate Citizens” in Canada by Corporate Knights magazine. HSBC was also the first company to be recognized as a top performer in gender diversity within the financial services sector, as part of a new Corporate Knights initiative to recognize leaders in this space.

Join HSBC, and benefit from the following:

  • Career Development: Within your current role, as well as Canadian and international opportunities
  • Company Reputation: Offering prestige, strength, and longevity
  • Business Growth: Underpinned by our drive, and the highest banking standards
  • International Connectivity and impact: Build global relationships and be a part of international initiatives
  • A diverse workforce: Reflecting our belief that diversity of thought, background and perspective make HSBC a stronger organization
  • Corporate Sustainability: We build our business for the long term by balancing social, environmental and economic considerations in the decisions we make

Practice Area(s)



3+ years