Our Forensic Accounting department is seeking an experienced full-time Forensic Accountant to complete investigative and forensic accounting files and other related support.

The duties of the position include:

Forensic Investigations

  • Provide assistance to the Forensic Accounting and Investigations, Monitoring & Enforcement (IME) departments in the assessment of complaints, compliance audit referrals, and lawyers in financial difficulty to discuss the context and events giving rise to the complaint and determine the scope of the work to be performed.
  • The Forensic Accountant will conduct an independent investigation of 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 2015, the Legal Profession Act and/or the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia.
  • Conduct investigation procedures from start to finish, including planning, executing, collection, interviewing, analyzing and reporting. 
  • Apply investigative skills to collect information, analyze accounting transactions, spreadsheet modelling, electronic discovery, and present findings. 
  • Establish appropriate control and management procedures to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity and preservation of all documents and other material that come into possession or are created during the course of an investigation, or internal assistance.  Maintain the chain of custody, including origin, possession and disposition of all documents and other materials, particularly originals.
  • Interview the lawyer and bookkeeper and document all information received orally by contemporaneous notes.
  • The examination of evidence also includes the analysis of the mirror image data using forensic search software. 
  • Write and author forensic investigation reports and schedules, including exhibits, to assist the IME and Discipline departments in the complaints and discipline process.  
  • Provide litigation support to the Discipline department by providing sworn affidavits and oral testimony before a disciplinary hearing panel of Law Society Benchers and non-lawyers, including cross-examination by opposing counsel.

Internal Assistance and other duties

  • Assist the IME department by performing analysis of complex accounting issues and preparing clear summaries to assist the readers in understanding the facts. The assistance may consist of preparing a memorandum, schedules and exhibits.
  • 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, accounting procedures, and analysis of accounting issues.
  • Such other duties as the Chief Financial Officer & Director, Trust Regulation may require.

Qualifications

  • Must hold a CPA Accounting Designation.
  • Must hold a DIFA, CFF, or CFE certification.
  • Minimum 10 years of accounting or auditing experience with at least 5 years of forensic accounting experience or fraud investigations.
  • Some experience presenting evidence in the criminal or civil courts.
  • Superior report writing and document management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with accounting software used in law practices and electronic discovery software.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • An understanding of the rules of evidence is required plus knowledge of the Law Society Rules, the Legal Profession Act, the Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia, provincial and federal statutes, the CPA handbook and Standard Practices for Investigative and Forensic Accounting engagements.

To apply, please complete the form below or email your cover letter and resume to personnel@lsbc.org with the subject “Forensic Accountant.” The closing date for this competition is August 21, 2019. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

This position is located at the Law Society of British Columbia office in the Yaletown area of Vancouver, BC.

845 Cambie Street

Vancouver, British Columbia

V6B 4Z9

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.

 

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