Claims, Legal Counsel

  • First Canadian Title (FCT)
  • Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 05, 2020
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Company Summary

Come work for a company that’s committed to the success of each and every employee. A place where innovators and collaborators come together and build on each other’s talents.


FCT provides industry-leading title insurance, default solutions and other real estate related products and services to legal, lending, valuation and real estate professionals across Canada. With FCT, you will have the opportunity to build a meaningful career. Join us as we continue to do exciting work and make a big impact on our colleagues, customers and communities.


Job Summary


We are continually searching for great talent; individuals who possess a deep commitment to the customers and markets we serve. If you would like to join a company that is committed to the success of each employee and offers challenge, purpose and the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally in a team-oriented environment, you'll enjoy a career with us!



Claims Counsel are lawyers who are responsible for investigating and handling more complex claims to resolution. As a member of the Legal Department, your work will focus on providing direction to Claims Handlers on less complex claims, reviewing denials and handling more complex claims. Your input will be sought as we rely on our claims experience to shape our underwriting decisions and product explorations.


  • Investigate, evaluate, determine loss and defense coverage liability and resolve complex claim files
  • Determine need to retain outside counsel and instruct outside counsel on claim files
  • Manage claims and/or litigation through to final resolution. Including negotiating with claimant / opposing counsel / third parties for resolution.
  • Attend mediations and other required court appearances / processes Direct supervision of claims files being handled by other Claims Handlers
  • As the Claims subject matter expert, provide guidance to our Claims Handlers
  • Monitoring of claim files to identify trends which highlight a need for a change in policy or procedure, or which may impact the company on a larger scale
  • Review and approve denials from Claims Handlers



  • Call to the Bar of at least one Canadian Province or Territory and in good standing
  • LLB or JD
  • 3-8 years professional experience in commercial and residential real estate
  • Bilingual (French/English) preferred, but not required
  • Possesses and applies a broad knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of particular field of specialization to the completion of complex files
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and organizational skills
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement, innovation and initiative
  • Ability to multi-task and adhere to numerous concurrent deadlines

The Great Place to Work® Institute has named FCT one of Canada’s Top 50 Best Workplaces and one of the Best Workplaces in Canada for Women. We’re also one of Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in North America.

By joining us, you will not only be part of an award-winning organization, you will be part of a workforce that is engaged and empowered to succeed.

Thank you for considering FCT. We look forward to meeting you.


In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of FCT’s hiring process. To avoid any delays in the recruitment process, if you require accommodation to apply, please provide your accommodation needs in advance. You may also be required to submit adequate medical/other documentation to Human Resources to support your request for accommodation. FCT is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. All recruitment, hiring, placements, transfers, promotions, training, compensation, benefits, discipline, and other terms and conditions of employment will be on the basis of the qualifications of the individual regardless of race, colour, place of origin, ethnic origin, citizenship, handicap (including mental and physical disability), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, creed (religion), marital status, family status (being in a parent/child relationship), age, record of offences, or any other basis prohibited by the applicable provincial or federal human rights legislation.

Practice Area(s)

Legal Counsel