• BC Public Service
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Mar 24, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Legal Counsel
Legal Counsel Level 2/3 Litigation Group (Vancouver)

This position is located in Vancouver. An eligibility list may be established.

The BC Public Service and its hiring managers are committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens per the Public Service Act. We welcome and encourage applications from women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to diversity in the BC Public Service.

An exciting opportunity to practise in the Litigation Group.

Lawyers in the Legal Services Branch discharge the duties and functions assigned to the Attorney General under the Attorney General Act. Legal Counsel 2/3 represent the Attorney, the Province and other government associated persons and entities in all levels of court. Legal Counsel 2/3 are expected to negotiate and recommend settlements where appropriate and provide litigation-related advice in every area of government practice. The work of a Legal Counsel 2/3 involves matters of a confidential and sensitive nature.

This position will be dedicated to help the Transportation Investment Corporation with legal advice and strategy to address claims and contract administration issues related to large infrastructure projects and other construction projects. The work will include a focus on helping clients navigate contract administration issues as well as formal dispute resolution processes.

Candidates should be comfortable providing advice and making recommendations on short notice. Good judgment, service orientation and strategic orientation are required.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and abilities:

  • excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • previous experience managing a large and varied litigation caseload;
  • strong analytical abilities and research skills;
  • strong organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities;
  • strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach to their work;
  • ability to mentor colleagues; and
  • ability to work independently and as part of a team.

The BC Public Service is an award-winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

  • must be a member in good standing, or immediately eligible to become a member, of the Law Society of British Columbia;
  • six or more years of call to the bar in a Canadian jurisdiction;
  • experience in the conduct of civil litigation at the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal;
  • significant experience with the law of evidence.

Preference may be given to candidates with:

  • experience and interest in resolving large infrastructure project-related disputes and other construction-related disputes.
  • experience providing advice and strategy in relation to construction contract administration issues;
  • experience with litigation for or against government entities;
  • experience with lengthy trials or arbitrations;
  • experience and interest in mentoring junior counsel.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Records Check and/or an enhanced security screening will be required.


Cover Letter: YES - A cover letter is required as part of your application. Please indicate your year of call in your cover letter. The content and/or format of your cover letter, resume and/or case history may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

A list of matters demonstrating your experience with construction disputes may be requested during the assessment phase.

Questionnaire: YES - You will be required to answer a standard questionnaire.

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