Forensic Accountant

Our Trust Regulation department is seeking a Forensic Accountant. The Forensic Accountant is a designated accountant specializing in investigative and forensic accounting, who draws on his or her broad professional accounting skills and business experience to conduct investigations, analyze financial activity, obtain evidence and present a report required by the Law Society to fulfill its mandate of public protection.

The duties of this position include:

  • Provide assistance to the Investigations, Monitoring & Enforcement department in the assessment of the lawyer’s history of investigations, compliance audits, trust reports and financial difficulty to determine whether an investigation should be performed.
  • Investigate the books, records and accounts of the lawyer to determine whether there is evidence that the lawyer committed a discipline violation, breached Division 7 or 8 of the Law Society Rules, the Legal Profession Act and/or the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia.
  • Provide investigation support to the Investigations, Monitoring & Enforcement department by gathering the information, examining the evidence, and communicating the findings in the form of a report, schedules and exhibits.
  • Provide litigation support to the Discipline department by providing affidavits and oral evidence at a disciplinary hearing, including cross-examination by the member or the lawyer’s counsel.
  • Monitor the lawyer’s compliance with financial conditions imposed by the hearing panel and report any failures to comply with the disciplinary measures.
  • Assist other departments with the interpretation of Law Society Rules 3-47 to 3-80, accounting procedures, and analysis of accounting issues.
  • Prepare reports to Lawyers Insurance Fund, Special Compensation Fund, or Custodianships regarding potential insurance claims involving misappropriation of trust funds, fraud or criminal activity.
  • Such other duties as the Manager, Trust Regulation may require.

Qualifications for the position include:

  • A designated accountant (CA, CGA, CMA) with an extensive background in investigative accounting, and/or commercial crime investigations, supplemented by forensic accounting education and experience (DIFA or CFE is desirable).
  • Some experience in presenting evidence in the criminal or civil courts.
  • The ability to work well in a team environment.
  • Superior writing and excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with accounting software commonly used in law practices.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to The closing date for this competition is September 12, 2014. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information, contact Human Resources.

Working at the Law Society

Law Society staff, volunteers and Benchers (our board of governors) are committed to one common goal: protecting the public interest in the administration of justice by setting and enforcing standards of professional conduct for lawyers.

We are an organization that values diversity, equity and a shared sense of purpose. Our annual employee survey consistently reveals that the Law Society ranks much higher than other organizations in employee engagement, making us a very desirable place to work.

We seek high-performing individuals who enjoy challenging, and interesting work, a supportive team environment and a healthy work/life balance.