NSBS General Counsel

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Job Location: Halifax

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) regulates the legal profession in Nova Scotia in the public interest. Ensuring that lawyers are competent and ethical, and practise law in accordance with the standards set by the Society, is how we fulfill our public interest mandate.

Position Title: General Counsel

The General Counsel provides legal advice to the Executive Director, Directors, Council and Committees to assist the Society in fulfilling its public protection mandate as prescribed by the Legal Profession Act and Regulations, and supporting the strategic objectives identified by Council.

General Counsel provides guidance, advice and opinions to the Executive Director on legal matters in relation to the Society’s business, including operational, employment and governance matters, legislative and policy interpretation, and representation of the Society in litigation matters including preparation of affidavits and briefs, conduct of research and preparation of memoranda.

In addition, General Counsel represents the Society in respect of proceedings before the Hearing Committee, including providing advice to the Director, Professional Responsibility as needed during investigations and prosecution of charges, as well as representing the Society at interim investigative and other proceedings before the Complaints Investigation Committee, Credentials Committee and Credentials Appeals matters. General Counsel also conducts and manages the Society’s Receiver and Custodian matters.

Key Responsibilities

General Duties:

  • provides legal advice to the Executive Director, Council and Committees on a variety of issues as they relate to the business and core operations of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, and attends meetings of Council and other committees as requested
  • monitors, identifies, analyses and manages risks to solicitor-client privilege, the rule of law and independence of the legal profession, and identifies areas of potential non-compliance by the Society with relevant legislation and standards for a professional regulator
  • develops, continuously evaluates and liaises with Directors regarding the criteria for choosing appropriate regulatory interventions in a culturally competent, proactive, principled, proportionate and risk-focused manner
  • represents the Society before Courts and tribunals including preparation of applications, motions, briefs and submissions

Regulatory Duties:

  • acts as counsel for the Society in respect of proceedings before the Complaints Investigation Committee, Hearing Committee, Credentials Committee and Credentials Appeal Panels, including providing advice during investigations, interviewing,  and arranging to subpoena witnesses, presenting evidence and cross-examining witnesses as required, conducting research, preparing written and oral submissions
  • where appropriate in the public interest, recommends to Society staff, Committees and tribunals approaches to member non-compliance and conduct concerns which are proactive, proportionate, principled and restorative in nature
  • appears before Regulatory committees to provide advice as required

Receiver and Custodian Duties:

  • acts as Receiver or Custodian in accordance with the Act, Regulations, policies and Guidelines, including obtaining orders for the appointment of Custodian from the Court
  • supervises the work of the legal assistant/paralegal in supporting and carrying out related responsibilities

Other Duties:

  • engages in stakeholder education through presentations, articles and other communications
  • works with Policy Counsel on projects, research and legislative interpretations as required
  • attends committee and internal meetings as requested

Requirements, Skills and Assets

General Counsel has significant responsibility to provide sound legal advice to the Society in respect of a wide variety of assigned legal matters, thereby supporting the Society in achieving its public protection mandate and strategic objectives. General Counsel operates with a high degree of independence, and must also work effectively with and support many teams of staff and volunteers.


  • Member of the Nova Scotia Bar with a minimum of 10 years relevant experience in the practice of law
  • Thorough knowledge of the Legal Profession Act, Regulations, Code of Professional Conduct, Practice Standards, Civil Procedure Rules and rules of evidence
  • Mediation and alternate dispute resolution training and/or experience


  • Strong level of knowledge and experience in administrative law
  • Experience in litigation and appearing before courts and administrative tribunals
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, advisory, decision making, planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills, and ability to work collaboratively toward resolution
  • Highly professional, discreet, motivated, energetic, trustworthy and confident
  • Ability to work independently with initiative and under tight deadlines
  • Strong strategic thinker, innovative, and model best professional practices in all conduct
  • Strong technical skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products, as well as document and case management software applications


  • Experience working with a regulated profession
  • Experience in labour and employment law, corporate law, directors’ and officers’ liability, and the Charter
  • Training in cultural competence
  • Knowledge of restorative approaches to justice

NSBS offers a total compensation package that includes a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience, a complete health benefit package and an RRSP program.

Closing Date: June 22, 2018

If this exciting opportunity meets with your career aspirations, please forward your resumé and cover letter in confidence, by email to hr@nsbs.org.

The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Expiry Date: 
Thursday, June 28, 2018