• Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Mar 22, 2018
Full time Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking one permanent full time and a one up to one year term Solicitor for the Litigation Team.  We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons in the workplace. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.

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, please indicate on your cover letter if you are applying for full time, temporary or both.

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.


  • 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
  • 2-12 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, personal injury litigation, labour and employment, contract and procurement, 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.

COMPETENCIES:  Customer Service, Communication, Organization & Planning, Values & Ethics, Valuing Diversity

WORK STATUS:  One full time, permanent position, and one 12 month term position

HOURS OF WORK:  Core hours of work are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with additional hours as required to meet organizational needs.

SALARY:  Compensation is commensurate with experience and education.

WORK LOCATION:  5251 Duke Street, Duke Tower, 3rd Floor, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be received up to midnight on Sunday, April 1, 2018

SECURITY CLEARANCE:  Applicants may be required to complete an employment security screening check. 

During the recruitment process, applicants have the right to request 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.

Qualified HRM retirees may also be considered for competitions. In these circumstances, a form of employment may be offered, including term and/or contract employment. 

Practice Area(s)



2-12 years'