• Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Feb 24, 2020
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Solicitor

Job Description

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking candidates, preferably with 6-10 years of experience, for the permanent position of Solicitor to assist the Solicitor Services Team. We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women (applying for non-traditional positions), persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of the LGBTQ+ community. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

HRM Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees. Reporting to the Team Lead, the Solicitor is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance in one or more of the following areas of practice: corporate, commercial, contract, administrative, or municipal law to HRM staff conducting daily business and long-term planning for the HRM. The Solicitor will provide accessible, efficient and expert counsel in legal matters responsive to client department needs. The Solicitor will be client focused and a self-motivated individual who will work both independently and with a team of lawyers and support staff in the delivery of legal services to HRM client departments.


  • Provides general solicitor services to HRM, its agencies, boards and commissions, as assigned, with an emphasis on municipal law, corporate commercial transactions, contracts, real estate transactions and procurement matters, as required
  • Complies with HRM Legal Services’ Client Service Standards and Service Level Agreements
  • Conducts legal research and provides legal opinions
  • Maintains up to date knowledge and expertise in areas of law including statutes, case law, legal proceedings, and trends in the context of public law
  • Represents clients in legal proceedings before courts and administrative tribunals, as required
  • Attends meetings such as community councils or regional council, as required or assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Law Degree from a recognized university
  • Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society or be qualified to be admitted
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas of practice: corporate, commercial, contract, administrative, municipal
  • 6-10 years of relevant experience in the practice of law preferred

Technical and Job Specific Knowledge:

  • Possesses basic legal skills with emphasis on an understanding of the fundamentals of municipal law, ability to analyze legal documents, litigation basics and ability to write comprehensive yet concise legal opinions.
  • Research Skills: possesses a sound knowledge of legal research techniques and software. Has the ability to research and synthesize complex legal and factual materials.
  • Business Fundamentals: understands tactical business fundamentals and risk/benefit analysis and incorporates them into decision making or advice provided. Also he or she able to use basic rules: uses "rules of thumb", common sense, and past experiences to identify problems.

COMPETENCIES: Analytical Thinking, Communications, Customer Service, Decision Making, Developing Others, Network/Relationship Building, Organization and Planning, Organizational Awareness, Teamwork and Cooperation, Values and Ethics, Valuing Diversity

Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.

Please note – Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer’s discretion.

POSITION: Solicitor 1 or Solicitor 2 depending on experience (up to 12 years relevant experience in the practice of law)

WORK STATUS: Permanent, full time.

HOURS OF WORK: Hours of work are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To meet organizational needs, work outside of regular business hours may be required.

SALARY: Non Union Salary, Solicitor 1, or Solicitor 2 - Salary Commensurate with Experience ($61,800-$125,690 per annum)

WORK LOCATION: 5251 Duke Street, Duke Tower, 3rd Floor, Halifax, Nova Scotia

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to midnight on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.

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