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.

Claims Counsel

Are you inspired by the possibility of playing a vital role in helping lawyers achieve a claims and risk free practice? If so, the Lawyers Insurance Fund may be the place for you.

We’re searching for a lawyer who will eventually assume responsibility for the Lawyers Insurance Fund’s risk management program. Starting as a full-time Claims Counsel, you will investigate and resolve professional liability and theft claims against lawyers.

As you grow into your risk management role, your responsibilities will include:

  • analyzing claim risks and trends, including interpreting data from our claim files, and developing and implementing strategic risk management initiatives;
  • providing advice tailored to the specific risk needs of individual lawyers and firms;
  • developing risk management strategies for the profession as a whole and the Fund;
  • creating risk management resources for lawyers, including articles and web and social media content;
  • creating and delivering risk management seminars, presentations and programs; and
  • coordinating the Fund's risk management activities.

If these diverse but complementary responsibilities intrigue you, apply to join the outstanding team of professionals with the Lawyers Insurance Fund. You’ll enjoy a dynamic, warm, collegial and balanced workplace.

To be considered, you must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia and have a minimum of five years’ practice experience in the province. An excellent reputation in the legal community is essential.

Preference will be given to you if you have:

  • some background or experience in creative or business writing;
  • recent practice experience, both as a litigator and a solicitor.

You have exceptional communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, sound judgment, and take a practical approach to issues. You are creative with superior writing and presentation skills and strong analytical abilities. You understand and embrace social media and the technologies that are now integral to the practice of law. Pro-active and a self-starter, you manage your time and resources strategically to achieve optimal outcomes as efficiently as possible, and on time.

You bring the passion needed to maintain the consistently high standards of quality and service that has lead to the recognition of the Lawyers Insurance Fund as the premier insurance program in North America.

The Lawyers Insurance Fund is owned and operated by The Law Society of British Columbia and provides insurance to all lawyers engaged in private practice in British Columbia. The Lawyers Insurance Fund has over $100 million in assets, an annual budget of $14 million and manages more than 1,000 reports of claims and potential claims against lawyers each year. The terms and conditions of the Collective Agreement between the Law Society of BC and the Professional Employees Association apply to this position.

This position starts within the Claims Counsel job classification and the salary range for that position is $100,132.63 to $128,921.12.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and references to The closing date for this competition is September 26, 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.