Legal Assistant

  • First National
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 09, 2020
Full time Legal Assistant Legal Support Legal Secretary

Job Description

Working together to be our best!

First National is Canada’s largest non-bank lender, originating and servicing both commercial and residential mortgages since 1988. Over the past thirty years, we have been committed to hiring the best and brightest with over 1,000 proud team members. Through cooperation, ongoing coaching, development opportunities and a culture that celebrates both hard work and teamwork, First National team members are supported to lead, learn and grow.

If you are ready to join First National’s dynamic team, while working hard and having fun doing it, we invite you to apply online and let us know how you can be part of our success story.

We are hiring a Legal Assistant!

Reporting To: Director, Legal Affairs – Legal Department
Full-Time/Part- Time: Full-time
Posting Date: February 18, 2020
Closing Date: March 3, 2020
Hours of Work: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Grade: 5
Office Location: Downtown Toronto Great location! Steps away from the main public transit station

What we offer:

Highly competitive compensation package which includes, base salary, bonus, benefits, and career advancement opportunities!

  • Eligibility for benefits is dependent on the terms of employment

The Opportunity:
This Legal Assistant will support a small team of experienced lawyers and law clerks working on a broad range of legal matters in a fast-paced environment. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with preparation, revision and proofreading of correspondence and legal documents.
  • Profiling and saving correspondence and documents into a document management system.
  • Implementing version controls, tracking changes and comparing versions.
  • Setting up and organizing files; maintaining legal department records.
  • Tracking and bringing-forward calendar items, deadlines and milestone dates.
  • Scheduling and organizing meetings.
  • Processing payment of invoices and accounts.
  • Providing administrative and clerical support to lawyers and law clerks, as assigned.

The Requirements Needed:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, with above-average spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Self-motivating work ethic, an interest in continuous learning and a positive attitude.
  • Professional mannerisms, with excellent judgement and discretion.
  • Robust organizational skills, showing attention to details and deadlines.
  • Ability to prioritize among multiple assignments and several work providers.
  • Aptitude for problem solving and grasping new skills quickly.
  • Advanced skills in the Microsoft Office Suite (MSWord, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat Reader and manipulation of PDF documents.
  • Experience with OpenText eDocs (document management system), Diligent (board books) and Thomson Reuters Legal Tracker (e-billing system) would be an asset.
  • Completed post-secondary education and/or a minimum of 3-5 years of experience acquired in a law firm or inhouse legal department.

Why join First National?

  • Bright open concept office environment
  • Large kitchens with a coffee and latte maker to enjoy at no cost
  • Supportive teamwork focused environment
  • Collaborative entrepreneurial spirit
  • Opportunities to give back to the communities and work through events focused on a variety of charities
  • Ongoing social events throughout the year
  • Extensive training programs to set our employees up for success

First National is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.

First National supports requests for accommodation from applicants with disabilities; please contact Human Resources at

We would like to thank all applications for their interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Practice Area(s)

banking law