Legal Counsel

  • University of Toronto
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Jan 20, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Construction Legal Counsel

Date Posted: 01/19/2021
Req ID: 2580
Faculty/Division: Capital Projects
Department: Prop Mgmt Design&Constr-09
Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto)





Reporting to the Chief of University Planning, Design & Construction, this position also has a functional reporting relationship to the Executive Director, Capital Projects and to the Vice-President, Operations & Real Estate Partnerships and is responsible for providing expert legal advice on all aspects of construction law at the University principally to Project Managers, senior management within the University, Planning, Design and Construction and Facilities and Services. Legal Counsel will also provide legal advice to other senior administrative leaders at the University, including those at U of T Scarborough and Mississauga campuses.


The Construction Legal Counsel is responsible for providing expert legal advice on relevant statutes, regulations, policies, case law, legal exposures as well as risks and legal challenges with particular focus in the areas of construction and related areas of contract law.  Key accountabilities include:  providing advice on legal compliance with University’s Policies on Procurement and Capital Planning and Construction, the Broader Public Sector Directive, the Construction Lien Act and other related construction law pertaining to the interpretation and execution contracts and documents; drafting, reviewing, and amending construction contracts; assessing contract performance; overseeing contract enforcement; ensuring procurement compliance; providing direction and advice on claims defence and litigation; handling all aspects of construction liens, claims, disputes and settlements; providing advice on liability insurance and bonding, intellectual property, health and safety compliance and leasing and licensing.   


The position will work very independently and also work with internal University legal counsel and advise and instruct outside legal counsel.





Bachelor of Law or Juris Doctor degree; a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.  Advanced degrees an asset.



Minimum 7-8 years’ experience in legal practice either in a law firm or in a corporate environment or equivalent experience both in practice and in industry, with a concentration in construction law. Strong working knowledge of construction law is essential.  Some knowledge of real estate law. Knowledge of the University’s academic, non-academic and corporate affairs highly desirable.



Proficiency in standard office computer applications (e.g., MS Office suite). Experience with an online procurement application is desirable.



Strong analytical, interpretive and research skills. Superior oral and written communication skills.  High degree of motivation.  Excellent interpersonal skills, including effective negotiation skills. Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively, under pressure and with changing priorities. Creative problem solving and lateral thinking. Balance of legal and practical concerns.


Closing Date: 02/09/2021,11:59PM EDT
Employee Group: Salaried 
Appointment Type: Budget - Continuing 
Schedule: Full-Time
Pay Scale Group & Hiring Zone: PM 7 -- Hiring Zone: $124,533 - $145,290 -- Broadband Salary Range: $124,533 - $207,555
Job Category: Legal

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Practice Area(s)

construction law