Legal Assistant

  • Gowling WLG
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Nov 14, 2023
Full time Legal Assistant Legal Support Legal Secretary

Job Description

At Gowling WLG, our dedication to excellence and quality service begins with our people. As a global law firm with offices across Canada, the U.K., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we pride ourselves on sourcing and retaining top talent who bring energy, passion and commitment to the delivery of outstanding client service.

Employee satisfaction is important to us. We work hard to ensure that our people are motivated, engaged and empowered. We are guided by our firm’s Core Values - The Power of Teamwork, Always Striving to be Better, We all Bring Something Different - in all that we do.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are an integral part of our firm’s core values. We are always striving to build a more equitable, engaging and rewarding workplace by attracting and retaining talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Our aim is to help everyone reach their full potential and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Our diverse group of legal professionals, law students, law clerks, paralegals, legal administrative assistants and business services team members work together, and are respected and valued for their individual contributions.


Working within our Advocacy group the Legal Administrative Assistant will perform full legal administrative responsibilities in a confidential nature for one or more professionals.


  • Organizing and expediting the flow of work through the professional's practice, initiating any follow-up action as appropriate.
  • Working proactively in the day-to-day support of the professional's practice.
  • Accurately preparing legal documents and correspondence with minimal direction.
  • Transcribing and typing legal documents and correspondence.
  • Liaising between the legal professionals and various internal and external individuals and clients.
  • Managing the professional’s calendar, including travel arrangements.
  • Preparing expense reports.
  • Preparing and organizing meeting and briefing materials for the professional.
  • Preparing litigation documents, including Books of Authorities, Compendium of Argument.
  • Supporting the practice group in monitoring billing matters and undertaking of administrative tasks
  • Any other duties as required.


  • Relevant post secondary education (such as Administrative Assistant or Legal Administrative Assistant Diploma) coupled with a minimum of three years in a legal environment. Experience in litigation is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of the Quebec court system is required.
  • Knowledge of Litigation management programs is an asset.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other Firm members, with the aptitude to take care of clients’ needs in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Capacity to work independently, as well as in a team environment.
  • Strong written, oral and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Bilingualism (French/English) is an asset.


Gowling WLG employees benefit from a hybrid work structure.

Not sure if you meet all the requirements? If you are excited about this opportunity but your experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Gowling WLG is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know.

While we appreciate all applications received, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.