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.
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NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:
Must be a member of the Law Society of British Columbia in good standing OR immediately eligible for call to the BC Bar.
Must have been called to the bar in British Columbia or another Canadian jurisdiction for a minimum of six years.
In addition, the successful candidate must have:
Experience acting as counsel before the courts, both in a lead role and as part of a team. Experience in constitutional or public law matters is preferred but not required.
Recent experience appearing as counsel in the British Columbia Supreme Court or Court of Appeal is preferred.
Demonstrated civil litigation skills, including conducting examinations for discovery, examining witnesses, arguing applications and conducting trials and petition hearings. An in-depth, applied knowledge of the BC Supreme Court Civil Rules is preferred.
A proven ability to work both individually and in a team environment. Experience mentoring junior lawyers, paralegals, support staff and articling students is preferred.
Strong analytical abilities and legal judgment, including the ability to communicate complex issues to clients in a timely way.
Strong oral and written advocacy skills, including drafting pleadings, factums, and written submissions.
Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities while handling a significant volume of files.
The ability and willingness to travel (occasionally on short notice).
Preference will be given to candidates with between 6 and 14 years of call.
Preference may be given to candidates with a demonstrated track record of success as a barrister. Knowledge of government policy and operations is also an asset, but not required.
Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities as outlined above, and may be required to provide a writing sample and list of reported decisions.
Cover letter required: YES - A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.
Questionnaire: YES - You will be required to answer a standard questionnaire.
Resume required: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying. Please include the year you were called to the bar.