Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel
North Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax

Do you enjoy being part of a cohesive specialist team providing advice and support in a large environment and on time critical projects? And at the same time being part of the vision ‘together we can shape a sustainable and liveable world? Are you looking to obtain international experience by working as a trusted legal advisor counselling our operations and management involved in projects in many different countries? Then this could be the next step in your career!


With over 93 offices worldwide, COWI is a leading international consulting group providing clients with innovative and sustainable solutions to complex challenges within transportation, the green transition, environment, water, industry, buildings, and planning. Together with our over 6,700 dedicated professionals, COWI pushes the boundaries of engineering design around the globe.

Our portfolio includes some of the world’s most prestigious and challenging bridge, tunnel and marine projects, as well as program management and construction management. We have hundreds of skilled experts working on projects in North America and worldwide, covering the entire lifecycle of a project from idea, concept, and design to operation and maintenance.

This role reports to the Head of Legal responsible for Business Line International and will work with COWI’s current Senior Legal Counsel in Canada. You will also be part of the Business Line International legal team, which includes lawyers based in Canada, Denmark and the UK. COWI’s Group Legal includes 24 employees based across Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the UK, and Canada and covers all of COWI’s business lines. Although the position is in Canada, supporting COWI’s US operations is a significant element of the role.


To support COWI’s growing Business Line International, we are adding another Legal Counsel to our Group Legal team. To succeed in this role, you will have solid contractual and negotiation experience, preferably with some exposure to engineering, construction, or public procurements. Experience managing disputes is also an advantage, but not a prerequisite.

On a day-to-day basis you will be responsible for contract review, negotiation, and legal risk management, including:

General day-to-day legal assistance to the operational management and project managers in Canada and the United States
Structuring, drafting, and negotiating international service contracts and joint venture agreements
Legal advice related to contract and claims management
Provide counsel in dispute and settlement negotiations, including instructing and supporting external counsel
Support, train and liaise with COWI line managers and senior management on various legal subjects, including contracts, claims management, etc.
Assist with company due diligence, general corporate housekeeping and advising on legal compliance matters, including counselling on mergers and acquisitions


To succeed in this position you should possess strong analytical skills, be business-oriented and focussed on providing solutions and results. You should also have strong interpersonal skills and embrace working cooperatively.

Furthermore, you should:

Have an excellent academic record and 3+ three years post-qualification experience as in-house counsel or within a reputable law firm
Be qualified to practice law in a Canadian province
Possess solid contractual review and negotiation experience
International experience and insurance dispute resolution is an asset
Have experience in identifying, managing and mitigating operational risk and opportunities along with excellent drafting skills
Have a high level of responsibility, autonomy and great attention to detail while keeping the bigger picture in focus
Be able to communicate complex legal issues to internal and external stakeholders in a succinct manner, including leading oral and written negotiations
Be able and willing to travel when required

Perks & Rewards

At COWI we believe in rewarding top talent with a great total compensation package. Besides a competitive base, we provide exceptional total rewards offering including:

Fantastic close-knit team with a wealth of knowledge to share!
A generous vacation entitlement
Annual Fitness spending account. Yes, you can use this for a ski pass, yoga or gym membership.
Group RRSP program with company matching
Personal and professional development fund
Transit pass subsidy
Extended Health coverage with 100% of premiums paid by us
A hybrid work option allowing for a combination of in office and work from home


Click on the APPLY button and tell us why you are the right person for this role. We look forward to receiving your application. The application deadline is stated at the top of the page.


COWI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, COWI complies with applicable provincial and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


COWI is a leader within our field because our employees are leaders within theirs. We invite you to learn from the best and expand your potential in an outstanding environment, where we collaborate on shaping tomorrow’s societies. Alongside your manager, you outline the path for your development and build your expertise on a day-to-day basis, working on global and local assignments. For more information, please visit

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Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 09/20/2022