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LG CNSL 2/3 - Legal Counsel

BC Public Service - Vancouver, BC  grey map iconMap

2 months ago

Legal Counsel
Legal Counsel Level 2 / Legal Counsel Level 3

An eligibility list may be established.

An exciting opportunity to practice constitutional and administrative litigation!

The Attorney General is the legal advisor to the government of British Columbia and is charged with ensuring that the administration of public affairs is carried out in accordance with the law. Legal Services Branch (LSB) supports the Attorney General in fulfilling this mandate by serving as legal advisor to government in civil law matters. LSB provides legal advice to government and ensures that legal risks associated with government operations are reduced. LSB’s clients include all ministries of the government, Cabinet and certain public agencies.

We are looking for an experienced barrister to practice in the Legal Services Branch, primarily in the area of constitutional and administrative litigation. The mission of the Legal Services Branch is to provide excellent, innovative, timely, practical and cost effective legal and legislative services to the government of British Columbia. This position represents an exciting and rewarding opportunity for a lawyer to work in a dynamic environment at the forefront of the most interesting and compelling legal issues of our time.

The lawyers in the Constitutional and Administrative Law Group are responsible for appearing on behalf of the provincial government at all levels of court and before administrative tribunals on constitutional and administrative law issues. They also appear on judicial reviews of statutory decision makers on a wide range of topics, including driving prohibitions, liquor licensing, health and environmental matters, and family law related issues.

With respect to constitutional matters, lawyers in this Group appear in court and before administrative tribunals in defending constitutional challenges to legislation or state action and responding to notices of constitutional question in a variety of contexts, including Charter applications.

The successful applicant will have the skills and experience necessary to act as counsel in a variety of capacities (as lead, second-chair and part of a team) in civil actions and administrative proceedings. Litigation files handled by the group include constitutional challenges, judicial review and statutory appeal hearings, and civil claims, and involve all aspects of trial practice. As this role requires counsel to appear before all levels of court and certain administrative tribunals on a variety of files and subject areas, demonstrated experience as a barrister is required, preferably in matters before the B.C. Supreme Court and B.C. Court of Appeal. The successful applicant will also have a proven ability to mentor and assist in the development of all members of a legal team, including support staff and paralegals, while helping to foster a strong, respectful and positive team environment. The successful applicant must exemplify a high level of legal abilities, professionalism and ethics in their practice.

This position is based in Vancouver, however the successful applicant will be expected to work effectively as part of a team of barristers in both Vancouver and Victoria.

Under the Public Service Labour Relations Act, this position is excluded from union membership. The terms and conditions of employment for union excluded positions are outlined in the Terms and Conditions of Employment for excluded Employees. You must submit to and successfully pass a security check under the Criminal Records Review Act. Criminal Records Review Act checks will be conducted periodically and at least every 5 years. Salary is calculated based on year of call (six to eleven years of call for Legal Counsel 2, and twelve plus years of call for Legal Counsel 3).

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact john.tuck@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:

In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

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