Assistant General Counsel

  • Gowling WLG
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Oct 28, 2019
Full time Lawyer (Private Practice) Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Lawyer (Other) Litigator Solicitor

Job Description


At Gowling WLG, our dedication to excellence and quality service begins with our people. As a global law firm with offices across Canada, the U.K., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we pride ourselves on sourcing and retaining top talent who bring energy, passion and commitment to the delivery of outstanding client service.

When it comes to diversity, we not only accept it — we celebrate it, support it and thrive on it. To create an engaging and rewarding place to work, we seek to attract talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. Our aim is to help everyone reach their full potential and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Employee satisfaction is important to us. We work hard to ensure that our people are motivated, engaged and empowered. We are guided by our firm’s Core Values - The Power of Teamwork, Always Striving to be Better, We all Bring Something Different - in all that we do.

Our diverse group of legal professionals, law students, law clerks/paralegals, legal administrative assistants and business support services team work together, and are respected and valued for their individual contributions.


Assist and support the General Counsel with advice on firm processes, procedures, strategies and their implementation. Directly involved in complex business transactions, negotiating critical contracts, policy development and implementation, enterprise risk management and professional obligations.


  • Advise firm leadership, including the Executive Leadership Team, on legal obligations affecting the firm, its business and its clients.
  • In collaboration with the General Counsel, review, draft and/or support:
    • Conflict matters - domestic and international;
    • Business intake initiatives such as engagement letters, outside counsel guidelines, terms of client relationships, RFPs;
    • Governance agreements such as partnership agreement and Gowling WLG International
    • Firm policies and firm contracts;
    • Professional responsibility and regulatory compliance, including training and development programs on key areas;
    • Enterprise risk management program including claims management;
    • Insurance program including professional indemnity, cyber, Directors & Officers and the annual renewal of the firm’s insurance programs;
    • Corporate Secretary work for the firm and its various affiliates;
    • Investments in clients by the firm or professionals; and
    • Special projects including various projects and transactions.


  • Law degree and a member in good standing of a Canadian law society/bar.
  • Minimum 6 years’ experience in the corporate/commercial area of law at a full-service law firm or in-house.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, and a practical and pragmatic style toward providing expert legal solutions.
  • High level of motivation and commitment along with excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong influencing, persuading, and decision making skills.
  • Ability to manage several matters simultaneously in a fast-paced environment where the ability to meet deadlines is as important as attention to detail.
  • Capable of assuming a high degree of responsibility and have a desire to gain exposure to increasingly challenging work.

Gowling WLG is proud to offer equal employment opportunities.

If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know.

While we appreciate all applications received, only those candidates selected for an interview by way of the clear legal job board will be contacted.

Practice Area(s)

general counsel


6-9 years