Legal Counsel

  • HSBC
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Sep 13, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Other) Solicitor

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:
  The position assists the Deputy General Counsel (DGC) by providing legal advice and support to the organization on assigned matters with respect to areas of specialization within the DGC’s remit, such as prudential bank regulatory, privacy and competition law. The position also provides corporate, commercial and regulatory legal advice, guidance and support as assigned to Functions supported by the DGC such as Finance, COSEC and Strategy to ensure exposure to legal risk in those Functions is managed.   Principle Accountabilities:
  • Be considered a trusted adviser to the relevant businesses and functions by providing prompt, commercial, practical legal advice, guidance and support (under supervision) on assigned matters including matters that may be complex or may have some material impact to the organization.

  • Provide support and guidance with regard to legal risks arising in jobholder’s areas of expertise.

  • Be pro-active in the provision of legal support and in advising businesses and functions promptly of material legal developments and their implications.

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

  • Recommend selection of panel law firms and other appropriate external parties as needed.

  • Deliver fair outcomes for our customers and ensure own conduct maintains the orderly and transparent operation of financial markets.

  • Maintain and develop positive and professional working relationships with all team members within Legal Team and assigned departments.

  • Participate effectively as part of the Legal Team.

  • Share legal knowledge and best practices with legal colleagues.

  • Manage internal support staff as appropriate.

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

  • P rovide legal services in a cost-effective manner.
  • Co-ordinate and manage the approach to legal risk on assigned matters
  • Ensure that the interests of the HSBC Group are adequately protected.
  • Assist the businesses and functions to remain compliant with legal risk management requirements set out in the Group Standards Manual and Legal FIM.
  • Maintain 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.
  • Provide overall leadership over all regulatory and compliance matters and the management of operational risk for department or business area.
  • 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:
  • At least 5 years of proven and progressive corporate legal experience, including experience advising on Canadian securities law, and corporate and commercial transactions.
  • Knowledge of Canadian privacy, competition and prudential bank regulatory law
  • Must be currently qualified to practice law in Canada and the relevant province.
  • Strong advocacy, negotiation, interpersonal, organizational, legal drafting, legal research and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to quickly apply abstract concepts of law and make quick, innovative decisions to resolve problems
  • A bility 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.
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
  • Advertise on the clear legal job board

Practice Area(s)

Securities Law


5+ years