Counsel, Franchising and Real Estate, Canada (Contract)

  • Restaurant Brands International
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Feb 26, 2021
Contract Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Other)

Job Description

*Remote position*

Job Overview:

This position is a key member of the Legal team, responsible for supporting and advising the Company on matters arising from Real Estate and Franchising, both in Quebec and the rest of Canada, in support of the TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING® and POPEYES® Brands.


  • Advises on legal and business issues/strategies in various areas including real estate (e.g. development, asset management and property management), franchising, and operations
  • Liaises with outside counsel and internal departments, most notably the Quebec Operations, Development and Asset Management teams, acting as a valued business partner while advising and adding value to all legal matters
  • Prepares, reviews, negotiates and executes high volumes of legal agreements including agreements of purchase and sale, leases, lease renewals & extensions and franchising documents (e.g. license agreements, Franchise Disclosure Document, etc.), with a strong attention to detail and a view to managing risk while maximizing benefits to the business
  • Manages disputes and litigation matters, as necessary, both internally and externally
  • Ensures compliance with Company policies and procedures
  • Keeps abreast of pending legislation or regulatory rules impacting the business and communicates as necessary
  • Prepares general correspondence for internal and external stakeholders
  • Special projects as assigned


  • B. or JD and a member in good standing with a provincial or territorial law society
  • 5+ years of experience in franchising and / or commercial real estate and development, with a reputable law firm, in house or as a sole practitioner
  • Bilingual in both English and French required
  • In-depth experience in drafting, reviewing, negotiating and enforcing a high volume of legal agreements in both French and English
  • Demonstrated client focus, proven relationship building and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work with levels of senior management and provide legal counsel
  • Well-developed problem solving skills, able to provide innovative client focused solutions and manage the balance between legal risk and revenue generation
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Highly motivated, innovative and efficient with a strong track record of excellence and the ability to adapt to change
  • Comfortable working in an open-concept, team environment
  • Related experience in retail or quick service restaurant industries is preferred

Restaurant Brands International and all of its affiliated companies (collectively, RBI) are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers that do not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, provincial or federal laws, rules, or regulations. RBI's policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment. Accommodation is available for applicants with disabilities upon request.

Practice Area(s)

franchise law