Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking candidates, preferably with up to 5 years of experience, for the temporary up to 12 months position of Solicitor in Legal Services. We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women (applying for non-traditional positions), persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of the LGBTQ+ community. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.
HRM Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees. Reporting to the Team Lead, the Solicitor is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance in one or more of the following areas of practice: administrative, municipal law, legislative drafting, or contracts, to HRM staff conducting daily business and long-term planning for the HRM. The Solicitor will provide accessible, efficient, and expert counsel in legal matters responsive to client department needs. The Solicitor will be client focused and a self-motivated individual who will work both independently and with a team of lawyers and support staff in the delivery of legal services to HRM client departments.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Provides general solicitor services to HRM, its agencies, boards, and commissions, as assigned, with an emphasis on municipal law, administrative law, legislative drafting, and contracts, as required
• Complies with HRM Legal Services’ Client Service Standards and Service Level Agreements
• Conducts legal research and provides legal opinions
• Maintains up to date knowledge and expertise in areas of law including statutes, case law, legal proceedings, and trends in the context of public law
• Represents the Municipality in legal proceedings before courts and administrative tribunals, as required
• Attends meetings such as community councils or regional council, as required or assigned
Education and Experience
• Law Degree from a recognized university
• Up to 5 years of relevant experience in the practice of law preferred
• Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society or be qualified to be admitted
• Experience in one or more of the following areas of practice: administrative, municipal, contracts and/or legislative drafting.
Technical and Job Specific Knowledge
• Possesses basic legal skills with emphasis on an understanding of the fundamentals of municipal law, ability to analyze legal documents, litigation basics and ability to write comprehensive yet concise legal opinions.
• Research Skills: possesses a sound knowledge of legal research techniques and software. Has the ability to research and synthesize complex legal and factual materials.
• Business Fundamentals: understands tactical business fundamentals and risk/benefit analysis and incorporates them into decision making or advice provided. Also, be able to use basic rules: uses "rules of thumb", common sense, and past experiences to identify problems.
• Knowledge of Halifax Regional Municipality’s organization and its Business Units is an asset.