• Staff Lawyer, Complaints and Investigation
  • Position: Staff Lawyer, Complaints and Investigation
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  • Organization: Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
  • Website: www.nsbs.org
  • Location: Halifax
  • Term: Permanent; full-time
  • Posting Date:
    June 23, 2020
  • Deadline to Apply: Open until filled
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    The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (NSBS) regulates the legal profession in Nova Scotia in the public interest. We fulfil our public interest mandate by ensuring that lawyers are competent and ethical and practice law in accordance with the standards set by the Society.

    NSBS values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage and welcome applications from members of equity seeking groups.

    Key Responsibilities

    This position supports and administers the Society’s mandate to protect the public through the complaints resolution and investigation process. It plays a key role in educating the public and members, and ensuring the public has access to a fair, transparent and thorough complaints process which is proactive, proportionate, principled and risk-focused. The Staff Lawyer provides professional legal support to the Director, General Counsel and Committees. The Staff Lawyer also ensures efficient processing and investigation of claims against the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Compensation.

    To achieve these key responsibilities, the Staff Lawyer handles:

    • Complaint intake
    • Complaint investigation
    • Support for Complaints Adjudication
    • Support for various Society committees
    Requirements, Skills and Assets

    The Staff Lawyer, Complaints and Investigations, is central to the conduct of investigations, which are fair, efficient, thorough, and carried out in accordance with applicable legislation, policies and procedures. The position requires a confident, mature and professional demeanour. The Staff Lawyer must possess excellent investigative, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and time management skills as well as initiative and coping skills to self-manage a heavy workload with conflicting priorities.

    • LL.B or J.D.
    • A minimum of three and preferably five years’ experience in the practice of law.
    • Strong knowledge of, and experience with applying administrative law principles
    • Experience in the conduct and management of investigations
    • Understanding of risk for purposes of identification and responding in the public interest
    • Negotiation and alternate dispute resolution skills
    • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills for working with public and volunteers
    • Ability to analyse situations, discern issues, and communicate empathetically and in a culturally competent manner with people who have concerns and require assistance
    • Ability to investigate, including the gathering and analysis of information and evidence, and effectively analyse and communicate relevant issues
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
    • Research and legal writing skills
    • Efficient and discreet
    • Strong computer and database skills
    • Ability to work effectively and empathetically with people in challenging circumstances
    • Experience with law office procedures and practises
    • Knowledge of real estate, family, wills and estates, criminal , corporate/commercial legal principles
    • Knowledge of rules of practice before all levels of Court
    How to Apply

    This posting will remain open until the position is filled.

    Submit your application (including resume and cover letter) via email to hr@nsbs.org.

    We offer a competitive salary based on experience and qualifications plus a full benefit package as well as an RSP program.

    We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

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