Legal Assistant - Edmonton

  • Saskatchewan Government Insurance
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Jul 06, 2020
Full time Legal Assistant Legal Support Legal Secretary

Job Description

You’re a stickler for detail, a self-professed organization enthusiast and if there’s one thing you pride yourself on knowing best, it’s the law — especially when it comes to insurance.

Sound like you?  Then we want you to join our legal division as a permanent, full time Legal Assistant - SGI CANADA in Alberta. In this role, you are responsible for preparing legal documents, co-coordinating legal files and providing administrative support for SGI CANADA’s Alberta Legal department. You will respond to internal and external inquiries on the company’s position on files and the status of legal actions, and may support researching case law for coverage issues and legal precedents, maintain legal filing systems, databases and libraries.

Key Accountabilities

Legal Document/Correspondence Preparation

  • Drafts legal documents such as Statements of Claim, Statements of Defence, Affidavits, Examination for Discovery Reports and Motion Records.
  • Drafts correspondence to insureds, third parties, opposing counsel, services providers and various courts.
  • Proofreads and formats various documents.
  • Organizes and groups documents for claims files.
  • Conducts corporate profile report, property or security searches.
  • Researches case law for coverage issues and legal precedents.

Co-coordinating Legal Files

  • Advises and responds to insureds, opposing counsel, court agents and adjusters on the company’s position on files and the status of legal actions.
  • Monitors the progress of instructions and requests to adjusters and counsel.
  • Coordinates and schedules discoveries, mediations, pretrials, trials, conferences and so on.
  • Coordinates the filing and service of documents on opposing parties with various court offices and process servers.
  • Initiates, tracks and conducts investigations such as locating insureds, witnesses and third parties.
  • Manages lawyer calendars, including booking and confirming motions, transportation, flights and hotels.

Administration Duties

  • Performs accounts payable/receivable functions for the Legal department.
  • Prepares and distributes regulatory and legal compliance reports.
  • Performs general office duties (e.g., faxing, copying, scanning and filing).
  • Maintains the Legal department’s procedures, filing systems, databases and library.

Leadership

  • Actively contributes to and supports a culture of a high performing workforce.
  • Participates in divisional succession plans, ensuring ongoing professional and career development and supports development in others.
  • Supports a culture of leadership and accountability to effectively deliver on strategic and corporate strategies.
  • Is actively committed to leadership development across the company, supporting team and workforce readiness through mentoring, training and developmental opportunities.

 Corporate Management

  • Enables the success of programs and policies that are in alignment with corporate, strategic and divisional strategies. 
  • Manages risk in area of authority.
  • Ensures that the Health, Safety and Emergency Management Policy is applied in area of responsibility.

Candidate Requirements

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles and procedures of Canadian insurance law.
  • Knowledge of the functions and jurisdictions of local, provincial and federal courts and agencies.
  • Knowledge of legal document formatting requirements.
  • Knowledge of litigation procedures and processes, including the Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • Skill in preparing standardized written material, including routine legal correspondence, pleadings memos and reports.
  • Ability to conduct legal research.

Education & Experience

  • Two-year post secondary paralegal/legal assistant program from a recognized Canadian post-secondary or technical institute.
  • An alternative combination of relevant education and experience may also be considered. 

Practice Area(s)

Insurance Law

Experience

2+ years