Investigation Legal Counsel, Investigation Services, Professional Regulation - 12 month contract

  • The Law Society of Ontario
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 14, 2022
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Job Description

OVERVIEW

JOB PURPOSE

 

Conducts investigations in a professional manner, gathering, processing and analyzing evidence for possible breaches of Rules of Professional Conduct, By-laws and regulatory requirements.  Participates in the development of case plans and disposition proposals that are consistent with the Law Society’s public interest mandate, legislation and policies.  Provides legal advice and domain expertise to members of the Investigation Services Department and the Professional Regulation Division. Engages in the timely, consistent and fair investigation of a wide range of issues relating to the professional conduct, competence and capacity of licensees.

 

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 

 

  • An LL.B. or J.D. or equivalent education and training, coupled with being a licensee in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario*.
  • As a domain legal expert with responsibility to independently undertake, plan and execute significant and complex investigations of licensees.
  • The role requires a minimum of 7 years’ experience in specific areas of law, such as immigration and/or administrative law, civil or criminal litigation, family and/or real estate gained through private practice, in a regulatory environment, or combination thereof.
  • Thorough understanding of the Law Society’s mandate, services, legislation and policies.

  • Extensive knowledge of specialized area of law such as immigration and/or administrative law, civil or criminal litigation, family and/or real estate. 

  • Knowledge of Law Society accounting and bookkeeping requirements.

  • Knowledge of current trends and developments in the legal profession, their practical applications and forensic investigation techniques.

  • Knowledge of a variety of dispute resolution techniques and their appropriate application.

  • Ability to manage a complex, multi-issue and diverse caseload.

  • Expressive and persuasive in both spoken and written language in facilitating resolution and disposition of complaints.

  • Reason through complex spoken and written information.

  • Computer literacy, including word processing software, spreadsheet functions, accounting systems (general, trust), and internet search capabilities.

  • Broad understanding of the application of technology preferably in a regulatory / legal environment.

*By submitting your application for employment, you agree to a clearance check of your regulatory history with the Law Society, and to the use of this information in assessing suitability for employment at the Law Society.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES

Client / Customer Service Delivery 

 

  • Investigates serious and / or complex matters including professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming, competence, licensing, re‑qualification, capacity and unauthorized practice. 

  • Prepares case plans, determining investigation strategies and evidence required to prove allegations of professional misconduct, and independently conducts investigations in accordance with case plans. 

  • Identifies risk and conducts ongoing risk analysis.

  • Assesses the need for and recommends a variety of appropriate responses including, but not limited to, establishing practice controls, obtaining search and seizure orders, identifying potential candidates for remedial diversion initiatives, seeking out opportunities for alternative dispute resolution mechanisms where appropriate. 

  • Devises and implements plans of supervision with respect to licensee’s practices. 

  • Communicates with Law Society staff, complainants and licensees regarding the investigation process and disposition of cases, maintaining strict confidentiality of sensitive information at all times.

  • Follows procedural and administrative requirements with respect to searches and seizures, including obtaining necessary orders and the handling, cataloguing, securing and continuity of evidence gathered during an investigation. 

  • Interviews witnesses and prepares witness statements in accordance with legal requirements. 

  • Prepares, and provides legal advice to other staff in the preparation of reports for the Proceedings Authorization Committee (PAC) related to non-discipline recommendations (i.e. Invitation to Attend, Letter of Advice, Regulatory Meeting and file closure) as well as other legal practice and other evidentiary matters. 

  • Prepares clear, brief and comprehensive Investigative Reports and the accompanying Investigator Key Document Book.

  • Assists Discipline Counsel in the preparation of cases for hearings, testifying as a witness in court and regulatory proceedings as required.

 

Performance Goals, Targets and Standards 

 

  • Contributes to and participates in the development of standardized practices, guidelines and procedures for the appropriate confidentiality, conduct and disposition of investigations files from a legal perspective.
  • Manages own caseload, meeting targets for production and timeliness of investigations and works with and advises other members of the Investigation Services Department, as well as counterparts in the Professional Regulation Division to establish, monitor and continuously improve processes and case management performance targets. 

 

Policy Development 

 

  • Identifies, informs and advises the Director and Team Managers of the Investigation Services Department of the need for policy development and/or policy change(s) based on analysis of legal issues encountered during investigations.
  • As a domain expert, continually assesses policies and procedures, and identifies opportunities for policy development or change in regulatory procedures.

 

Team Membership 

 

  • Promotes the sharing and transfer of knowledge, applicable standards and information amongst members of the Investigation Services Department and Professional Regulation Division. 
  • Works with and shares expertise with other regulatory bodies, other legal organizations, and lawyers from other departments, including Discipline Counsel.

WORKING ARRANGEMENT

The Law Society has introduced a Distributed Workforce Model to leverage flexibility and agility, and to maximize employee productivity and engagement.  Work arrangements will be determined by role and departmental requirements. The working arrangement for this position has been classified as primarily remote, with a requirement to attend the office on an occasional basis. The specific application of this will be communicated to applicants contacted during the recruitment process.

ACCOMMODATION

The Law Society of Ontario values and respects diversity.  We are committed to creating an accessible, barrier-free and inclusive workplace in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Please make any requirement you may have for accommodation during the recruitment process known when contacted.  If you are unable to apply to this position due to the requirement for an accommodation of any kind, please email us at hr@lso.ca or call 416 947-3475.

Practice Area(s)

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