Legal Counsel (Litigation)

  • Real Estate Council of British Columbia
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Jun 13, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Litigator

Job Description

ABOUT US

The B.C. government has established a single Crown agency, the BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) to regulate the province’s financial services sector, including credit unions, trust companies, insurance companies, mortgage brokers, pension plans, and real estate services.  This summer, the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) and the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) will integrate with the BCFSA.   By including real estate services within the responsibility of the BCFSA, regulation will be simplified and enhanced across the B.C. financial services sector, resulting in increased consumer confidence and opportunities to streamline investigations and enforcement.

The newly amalgamated BCFSA is adding six Legal Counsel positions which will report directly to the VP Legal and will work alongside lawyers in the Market Conduct Division and the Hearings Division. Together, the Legal Counsel will provide expert advice and support for the administrative, organizational, contractual, regulatory and disciplinary processes involved in regulating the financial services sectors. 

Two of the six new Legal Counsel will focus on litigation and will work closely with the Hearing Division in the disposition of matters involving discipline, licensing and Compensation Fund claims.  The specific accountabilities of the Legal Counsel, Litigation will include the following:

ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Provides advice to senior leaders on potential areas of litigation and makes recommendations to avoid or minimize risks.
  • Manges litigation and represents the corporation during legal proceedings, court appearances, lawsuits and other legal matters.
  • Reviews requests for administrative penalty reconsideration, conducts research and prepare opinions and recommendations in relation to their adjudication.
  • Undertakes and participates in appeals to the Financial Services Tribunal and applications for judicial review or other civil claims at Supreme Court, Provincial Court or the Court of Appeal, including research and analysis.
  • Interviews and prepares witnesses, organizes evidence, books of documents and case authorities.
  • Researches and provides legal opinions on issues, cases, and ethical conflicts that may have implications for the Crown, stakeholders, consumers and/or the public.
  • Researches and assesses legal trends and emerging issues and provides expert, timely, and practical legal advice, support, and counsel on impacts.
  • Provides support and advice on a variety of legal issues including privacy law and access to information, regulatory compliance, employment matters and effective governance of the organization
  • Provides support, advice and guidance to staff and consultants and may provide independent counsel to employees.
  • Provides support to Hearing Officers by research, opinion and preparation of files for review.
  • Contributes to the team’s development of internal work practices (e.g., policies, procedures and tools).
  • Provides orientation and training to internal and/or external stakeholders within area of responsibility.
  • Contributes to, participates in, and supports organizational business transformation initiatives.
  • Provides legal advice and counsel to Hearing Officers and executives and to the Board of the BCFSA
  • Reviews claims against the Real Estate Compensation Fund and prepares related files and opinions for hearing officer adjudication
  • Participates in the development of policy and procedural solutions within the BCFSA
  • Participates in setting and meeting of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) relating to responsibilities and accountabilities
  • Acts as a liaison to stakeholders, regulators, government, registrants, and regulated industry to further the goals and mandate of the BCFSA
  • Provides legal advice to the Corporate Secretary and with respect to governance matters
  • Conducts considerable legal analysis and evaluation of complex issues

WHAT YOU BRING TO THE TABLE

  • Law Degree, a member of the Law Society of BC in good standing, or immediately eligible for membership.
  • At least 2 years of experience with litigation, dispute resolution and administrative law processes
  • Thorough knowledge of regulatory and administrative laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of FOIPP Act.
  • Demonstrated mediation and negotiation skills.
  • Strong analytical and legal research skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent judgement.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as a team member

WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE IN RETURN

We are continually investing in our greatest resource – our people.   You will be supported in maintaining a healthy work-life balance and encouraged to pursue personal interests and priorities.   Some of the perks you will enjoy include flexible working hours, generous vacation and paid leave, pension, employee family assistance programs and professional development opportunities.  

This is an opportunity to participate meaningfully in the protection of consumers in British Columbia as part of a collaborative and motivated team. Embrace a rewarding career in an environment that values innovation, transparency and accountability.

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY, ACCOMMODATION & BACKGROUND CHECKS

Candidates who are offered employment will be subject to a criminal record, credential verification, and other background checks as permitted or required by company policy or applicable law.

This position is open to external and internal candidates.

We are committed to employment equity and encourage applications from all qualified candidates.

BCFSA offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes. If you are contacted about a career opportunity, please let us know if you require accommodation.

To support employment equity, we welcome applications from all groups. This includes 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 BCFSA.

Thank you for your interest!

 

The is an exclusive engagement with Hunter West Legal Recruitment.  For more information or to apply, please contact Stephanie Hacksel at stephanie@hunterwest.ca 

Practice Area(s)

civil litigation