Halifax Regional Municipality is inviting applications for the temporary, full time (up to 12 months) position of Solicitor for the Litigation Team, preferably with up to 5 years of experience in personal injury and general litigation. Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is committed to reflecting the community it serves and recognizing Diversity and Inclusion as one of the Municipality’s core values. Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is committed to reflecting the community it serves & recognizing Diversity & Inclusion as one of the Municipality’s core values. We have an Employment Equity Policy & we welcome applications from African Nova Scotians & Other Racially Visible Persons, Women in occupations or positions where they are underrepresented in the workforce, Indigenous/Aboriginal People, Persons with Disabilities & 2SLGBTQ+ Persons. Applicants are encouraged to self-identify on their electronic application.
If you are considering a challenging career move that offers a competitive compensation package and you are seeking to join the team that provides legal expertise to HRM staff and Council, please submit your application with cover letter.
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 Litigation Team, reporting to a Team Lead and the Director. The Litigation Team represents and provides legal advice to the Municipality with respect to a broad range of legal proceedings including legislative challenges, personal injury litigation, employment law and labour arbitrations, commercial litigation and arbitrations, before various levels of court and administrative tribunals.
The successful candidate(s) will be client focused and a self-motivated individual who will work both independently with minimal supervision and with a team of lawyers and support staff. They will be responsible for the conduct of litigation including managing their own caseload and assisting senior counsel with the conduct of more complex cases. They will demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour expected of the legal profession.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provides general litigation and dispute resolution services and advice to HRM; its business units, agencies, boards and commissions
Complies with HRM Legal Services’ Client Service Standards and Service Level Agreements
Represents clients in legal proceedings before courts and administrative tribunals
Assists senior counsel with preparation and conduct of litigation and dispute resolution
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
Conducts legal research and provides legal opinions
Participates as part of the litigation team
Maintains positive relationships and effective communication with client business units
Attends meetings such as community councils or regional council, as required or assigned
Case management of legal files;
Updates administrative records/databases/information systems as required
Education and Experience
Law Degree from a recognized university
Up to five years’ relevant experience in the practice of law
Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society or be qualified to be admitted
Experience in one or more of the following areas of practice: litigation, labour and employment, administrative and public law
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 yet concise legal opinions
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook)
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 ability to use basic rules, common sense, and past experiences to identify and address problems
Security Clearance Requirements: Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check.
Please note – Testing may be conducted as a component of the selection process to assess technical and job specific knowledge. Candidates, who are selected for testing, may be tested in a group setting, scheduled at the employer’s discretion.
COMPETENCIES: Customer Service, Communication, Organization & Planning, Values & Ethics, Valuing Diversity
WORK STATUS: Temporary, full time (up to 12 months)
HOURS OF WORK: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with additional hours as required to meet organizational needs.
SALARY: Non Union, Level S1-2 $64,300-$130,800. Compensation is commensurate with experience and education.
WORK LOCATION: 7th Floor, CIBC Building, 1809 Barrington Street, Halifax, NS
CLOSING DATE: Applications will be received up to midnight 11:59 p.m. August 28, 2022.
Please note: We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for interview/testing will be contacted.
During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request an 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.
Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 08/28/2022