Legal Assistant - Business Law (Franchise)

  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 26, 2024
Full time Legal Assistant Legal Support Legal Secretary

Job Description

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is a leading national law firm focused on serving the transaction, advocacy and advisory needs of Canada’s most dynamic business sectors. We have one of the largest business law practices in the country, serving multinational, national and mid-market clients from our offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.

Our Culture:

At Cassels, our mission is to attract, retain and promote individuals of exceptional ability and talent from as broad a range of backgrounds as possible. We offer meaningful career opportunities, invest in professional growth, and foster an inclusive environment. Our Firm’s success is built on the unique skills, perspectives, experiences and values of each individual. We encourage a corporate culture that respects and celebrates the dignity, value and diversity of all.

Role Overview:

Our Toronto office is currently recruiting for a Legal Assistant in our Business Law Group with a focus on franchising, licensing, distribution and intellectual property providing a variety of routine legal and administrative duties.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Prepare agreements and other legal documents and precedents.
  • Enter dockets, prepare trust receipts and third-party invoices.
  • Apply proofreading and editing skills to documents and correspondence.
  • Liaison with clients, lawyers, and colleagues to obtain information and instructions.
  • Assist in management of lawyers’ practice, i.e., opening files, filing, arranging meetings, arranging travel and/or accommodations.
  • Manage calendar and keeping lawyers apprised of ongoing and outstanding matters.
  • Draft routine correspondence on behalf of lawyers.
  • Provide support to lawyers and internal personnel as required and requested.

The successful candidate must have the following education, experience and/or demonstrated skills:

  • College Diploma in Legal Administration.
  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years legal assistance experience in a similar environment.
  • Experience in Franchise Law would be an asset.
  • Proficient in MS Office with strong computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and calendar management tools (e.g., Outlook).
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure, exercise sound judgment, and adapt to changing priorities and evolving circumstances.
  • Maintain accuracy with a high attention to detail.
  • Exceptional communication skills (both verbal and written) when interacting with lawyers, firm personnel, clients, and third parties.
  • Ability to proactively anticipate department needs and respond promptly using an analytical approach.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, as well as part of a collegial and outgoing team.
  • Embrace innovation and process improvement.

Employment Type: Permanent, Full-Time

What we offer:

  • Competitive compensation + Extended Health & Dental Care
  • RRSP Matching Program
  • Education/tuition allowance
  • Fitness Reimbursement Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion Centric Culture
  • A Culture of Wellness: Cassels recognizes the importance of wellness and provides a comprehensive program that addresses the mental and physical well-being of our employees by providing resources, services, training and support on an ongoing basis.
  • A fully stocked kitchen with healthy snacks, plus coffee, tea, and drinks throughout the year.
  • A business casual dress code (client/day specific)
  • Employee referral bonus.
  • A hybrid work environment

Cassels is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and an accessible environment. It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, and we will provide appropriate accommodation for candidates with disabilities or accessibility needs throughout the recruitment process, upon request. Please contact our recruiter for any questions, accommodations or specific requests.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. We regret that we are unable to respond to individual inquiries about application status, unless required for accommodation purposes.