New Job Solicitor (Litigation) In Manitoba
Company : City of Winnipeg
Salary : Details not provided
Location : Manitoba
The Legal Services Department is responsible for providing legal advice and services with respect to all of the City’s activities including conduct of real estate and corporate/commercial transactions, litigation and by-law prosecutions, claims/risk management, by-law drafting and statutory interpretation, contracts, labour and employment law and other areas specific to municipal corporations.
Under the general direction of the Director of Legal Services and City Solicitor, the successful candidate will be responsible for the providing legal advice and representation with respect to all facets of civil litigation, representing the City before the Court of King’s Bench, the Court of Appeal, and at various administrative tribunals.
As the Solicitor (Litigation), you will:
- Providing legal advice and other legal services to the municipal corporation, its departments, and committees of Council (“clients”).
- Negotiating and advocating for the City at mediations, judicially assisted dispute resolutions, and arbitrations.
- Conducting general litigation in the Court of King’s Bench and Court of Appeal in areas such as:
- Small Claims and collections;
- Construction and property disputes;
- Commercial and contract disputes;
- Assessment and taxation appeals;
- Personal injury and other tort claims; and
- Judicial review proceedings.
- Providing representation before administrative tribunals including the Manitoba Municipal Board, Land Valuation Appraisal Commission, Manitoba Labour Board, and the Human Rights Commission.
Your education and qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degree, Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, or other equivalent.
- Minimum of 5 years’ post-articling experience in the area of civil litigation.
- Experience in labour and employment law is considered an asset.
- Excellent verbal communication skills, including the ability to explain technical and legal information in plain language to all levels of the organization and external stakeholders.
- Superior written communication skills with the ability to compose a variety of court documents, confidential documents, policies, and correspondence.
- Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals at all levels of the municipal organization, external contacts, and the public.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills to work independently, manage multiple priorities, produce high quality work, and meet deadlines.
- Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills.
- Strong negotiation skills using sound judgment, diplomacy and discretion when providing legal advice, persuasively advocating, and resolving contentious issues.
- Knowledge of the Rules and Procedures of the Court of King’s Bench.
- Knowledge of municipal law, rules of evidence and rules of natural justice.
- IMPORTANT: Applicants who have been educated outside of Canada must have education which is comparable to the minimum qualification in Canada. Applicants submitting foreign credentials require an official academic assessment report issued by a recognized Canadian assessment service https://www.canalliance.org/en/ at application.
Conditions of employment:
- The successful applicant must maintain legal eligibility to work in Canada. If the successful applicant possesses a work permit, it is their responsibility to ensure the permit remains valid.
- Member in good standing or eligible for membership with the Law Society of Manitoba.
- Police information check satisfactory to the employer will required at the successful candidate’s expense.