Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) is seeking a permanent Solicitor for the Solicitor Services Team.
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 Solicitor Services Team, reporting to a Team Lead and the Director, and would provide legal services to the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM).
The Solicitor is responsible for providing legal advice and assistance to HRM staff conducting daily business and long-term planning for the HRM. The Solicitor will provide accessible, efficient and expert counsel in legal matters responsive to client department needs. The Solicitor will be a client focused and self-motivated individual who will work both independently and with a team of lawyers and support staff in the delivery of legal services to HRM client departments.
We encourage applications from qualified African Nova Scotians, racially visible persons, women in non-traditional positions, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal persons. HRM encourages applicants to self-identify.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provides general solicitor services to HRM, its agencies, boards and commissions, as assigned., including, but not limited to real property matters and real estate transactions, corporate commercial matters, and contract law;
- Complies with HRM Legal Services' Client Service Standards and Service Level Agreements;
- Conducts legal research and provides legal opinions;
- 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;
- Attends meetings such as community councils, standing committees of council, or regional council, as required or assigned.
Education and Experience:
- Law Degree from a recognized university;
- Minimum two (2) years relevant experience in the practice of law;
- Member of the Nova Scotia Barristers Society or be qualified to be admitted;
- General practitioner, authorized lawyer pursuant to the Nova Scotia Land Registration Act and Regulations
- Experience in municipal, real property, corporate and/or commercial law would be considered an asset.
Technical and Job Specific Knowledge:
- Technical Skills: possesses strong legal skills with emphasis on an understanding of the fundamentals of real property law, ability to analyze legal documents, litigation basics and ability to write comprehensive and concise legal opinions.
- 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 able to use basic rules: uses "rules of thumb