Legal Counsel

  • Fairstone
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • May 03, 2024
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

At Fairstone, our culture is built on strong values and leadership principles that define the expectations we have for working together and with our customers. We help Canadians find the right solution to meet their needs with a variety of products and services. Our values and principles guide the actions we take to ensure our customers get the best experience possible.   Be part of our talented and growing team! We are currently looking for a Legal Counsel, to join our team, reporting to the Director, Legal Affairs.   We are looking for a Legal Counsel with experience practicing corporate law, commercial law and/or litigation in an in-house legal department or law firm. Reporting to the Director, Legal Affairs, you will provide legal expertise and support to Fairstone Financial Inc., its affiliates, and its parent, Fairstone Bank of Canada. Based in one of our centralized locations in Montreal, Toronto or London Ontario, you will be a key member of a dynamic in-house legal team and have an opportunity to grow and develop the skills required of in-house lawyers by working directly with colleagues to grow the business while ensuring the legal and regulatory risk is mitigated and managed.   "Be a part of our inclusive workplace where diverse perspectives drive innovation and excellence."   WHY JOIN US?   BECAUSE WE ARE PROUD TO BE One of Montreal's Top Employers for 2024 for the fourth consecutive year by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers.   WE OFFER:
  • Work-Life Balance: Our 37.5-hour workweek and hybrid model (3 days in-office) promote a healthy balance.
  • Wellness: Tailored well-being solutions available 24/7.
  • Time Off: Minimum 15 paid vacations, 6 wellness days, with federal holidays.
  • Community Support: Paid Volunteer Day to give back to your community.
  • Retirement Planning: Employee and employer contribution pension plan, plus the Fairstone Retirement Savings Plan
  • Education: Tuition reimbursement program covering expenses up to $3,000 per year.
  • Development: Access to Fairstone Academy for comprehensive training and skill development.
  • Employee discounts: Exclusive access to discounted products and services, including car insurance, hotels, attractions, movies, gym memberships, and more.
  • Providing strategic legal support to, amongst others, the strategic sourcing, operations, marketing, product development and corporate development, human resources, risk and finance teams.
  • Drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial contracts and related documents to support consumer lending and credit card products, retail point-of-sale financing agreements, auto financing and real estate leases for retail branches.
  • Managing of litigation files (customer and employment-related) in conjunction with external counsel.
  • Providing and managing legal support for retail branch inquiries.
  • Advising business units on all aspects of federal and provincial consumer lending laws and regulations, including consumer protection.
  • 1 - 3 years of corporate commercial experience gained from a law firm or in-house legal department, with exposure to the areas of banking, corporate, and/or consumer finance.
  • Juris Doctor (JD) or Bachelor of Laws (LLB).
  • Licensed to practice law in Canada and a lawyer in good standing with a provincial law society (Ontario or Quebec bar membership preferred.
  • Bilingual (English/French, written and spoken) preferred.
  • Experience with litigation and/or labour law is an asset.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced environment with the ability to adapt to change and meet aggressive timelines.
  We are honored to be recognized for offering a best-in-class workplace, incentives, and initiatives to our dedicated employees who have helped build Fairstone into an employer of choice.   WE ARE PROUD TO BE: Montreal's Top Employers 2024 by Canada’s Top 100 Employers!   Learn more: Follow us on LinkedIn:   If you have a preferred language for communication, please kindly inform us whether you prefer French or English on your application.   Fairstone is an equal opportunity employer. Accordingly, we will make reasonable accommodations to respond to the needs of people with disabilities. Individuals who view themselves as Aboriginals, members of visible minorities, and disabled are encouraged to apply in confidence.