Legal Counsel

  • Sun Life Financial
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 02, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Full Job Description

You are as unique as your background, experience and point of view. Here, you’ll be encouraged, empowered and challenged to be your best self. You'll work with dynamic colleagues - experts in their fields - who are eager to share their knowledge with you. Your leaders will inspire and help you reach your potential and soar to new heights. Every day, you'll have new and exciting opportunities to make life brighter for our Clients - who are at the heart of everything we do. Discover how you can make a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities around the world.


Job Description:

We are looking for a lawyer, for a 9-12 month contract opportunity, who possesses strong business acumen and a focus on client centered solutions to join the dynamic legal team that supports Sun Life’s insurance and wealth distribution business. This is an agile role with a flexible work from home policy.


What will you do:


The successful candidate will be resilient, adaptable, highly motivated and self-confident. They will be required to provide proactive, timely and strategic legal support to senior business leaders and their teams, as well as related support areas such as Compliance, IT, and Human Resources on a broad range of matters associated with the provision of financial services, including the distribution of insurance products and mutual funds. This will involve drafting agreements; negotiations and providing strategic advice; advising on applicable laws (including securities laws and regulations), policies, procedures, and regulatory obligations; review of product and marketing materials; providing guidance in relation to litigation and to workplace and regulatory investigations; and keeping abreast of legal regulatory developments and changes.


What do you need to succeed:


  • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario with relevant experience at a law firm or in-house legal team;
  • Experienced in the financial services industry, insurance or mutual fund business;
  • Enthusiastic about leveraging data and technology to provide legal solutions to our business partners and inform business strategy;
  • Able to engage and influence others with confidence;
  • Familiar with applicable legal industry and regulatory trends;
  • Able to distill complex problems and apply analytical and creative thinking to provide innovative solutions and manage risk;
  • Skilled at simplifying complex legal concepts and writing and speaking clearly;
  • Able to take a risk-based approach to the prioritization of work; and
  • Able to build relationships within the Legal Team and across multiple areas of the business.


The Base Pay range is for the primary location for which the job is posted. It may vary depending on the work location of the successful candidate or other factors. In addition to Base Pay, eligible Sun Life employees participate in various incentive plans, payment under which is discretionary and subject to individual and company performance. Certain sales focused roles have sales incentive plans based on individual or group sales results.


Diversity and inclusion have always been at the core of our values at Sun Life. A diverse workforce with wide perspectives and creative ideas benefits our clients, the communities where we operate and all of us as colleagues. We welcome applications from qualified individuals from all backgrounds.


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At Sun Life we strive to create a flexible work environment where our employees are empowered to do their best work. Several flexible work options are available and can be discussed throughout the selection process depending on the role requirements and individual needs.


We thank all applicants for showing an interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.