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Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a Solicitor for a permanent, full-time position for the Solicitor Services Team.

HRM Legal Services provides quality, cost effective, timely and accessible legal services to meet the needs of HRM through its Council, various departments, boards, commissions, and employees. This Solicitor would be a member of the Solicitor Services Team, reporting to a Team Lead and the Director, and would provide legal services to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).

The Solicitor is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to HRM staff conducting daily business and long term planning for the HRM. The Solicitor will provide accessible, efficient and expert counsel in legal matters responsive to client department needs. The Solicitor will be a client focused and self-motivated individual who will work both independently and with a team of lawyers and support staff in the delivery of legal services to HRM client departments.


  • Provides general solicitor services to HRM, its agencies, boards and commissions, as assigned, with an emphasis on municipal law, corporate commercial transactions, contracts, real estate transactions and procurement matters, as required;
  • Complies with HRM Legal Services’ Client Service Standards and Service Level Agreements;
  • Conducts legal research and provides legal opinions;
  • Maintains up to date knowledge and expertise in areas of law including statutes, case law, legal proceedings, and trends in the context of public law;
  • Represents clients in legal proceedings before courts and administrative tribunals, as required;
  • Attends meetings such as community councils, standing committees of council, or regional council, as required or assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • Law degree from a recognized University
  • Minimum 3 years relevant experience in the practice of law;
  • Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society or be qualified to be admitted;
  • Experience in the following areas of practice: corporate, commercial, contracts;
  • Experience in contract negotiations, real property, administrative law and municipal law would

Technical and Job Specific Knowledge:

  • Technical Skills: possesses basic legal skills with emphasis on an understanding of the fundamentals of municipal law, ability to analyze legal documents, litigation basics and ability to write comprehensive and concise legal opinions.
  • Research Skills: possesses a sound knowledge of legal research techniques and software. Has the ability to research and synthesize complex legal and factual materials.
  • Business Fundamentals: understands tactical business fundamentals and risk/benefit analysis and incorporates them into decision making or advice provided. Also able to use basic rules: uses "rules of thumb", common sense, and past experiences to identify problems.

COMPETENCIES: Quality of Work; Client Services; Communication

WORK STATUS: Permanent, full time position

HOURS OF WORK: Core hours of work are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with additional hours as required to meet organizational needs.

SALARY: Non Union Salary, Solicitor 1 or 2 ($60,000 - $122,000 per annum) commensurate with relevant experience and years at the bar.

WORK LOCATION: 5251 Duke Street, Duke Tower, 3rd Floor, Halifax, Nova Scotia

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to midnight on March 28, 2016. Please submit your cover letter and resume to:


If you are considering a challenging career move that offers a competitive compensation package with benefits and pension plan, and if you are seeking to join the team that provides legal expertise to HRM staff and Council, please submit your application with cover letter to:

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request accommodation. Applicants invited to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) and who require accommodation, should discuss their needs with the Recruiter when invited to the assessment process.

We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons in the workplace. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions if other qualified candidates are not available, and the retiree possesses specialized knowledge and/or a unique skill set not otherwise available. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment.

Position #72291804

Expiry Date: 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016