Careers

Assistant, Unauthorized Practice (0.5 FTE)

Our Unauthorized Practice department is seeking an Administrative Assistant.

The duties of this position include:

  • Responding to unauthorized practice related inquiries from lawyers, complainants and general public.
  • Providing administrative support to the staff lawyer and paralegal on case files, from commencement of investigation through to conclusion of court proceeding, including conducting investigative searches and preparing court materials.
  • Providing administrative support for Unauthorized Practice Committee meetings.
  • Maintaining the Unauthorized Practice file library and file statistics.
  • Assisting with preparation of publications of actions taken on files.
  • Processing invoices received from external counsel, investigators and process servers, and liaising with finance department regarding payment of invoices and expenses
  • Such other duties as the Manager, Unauthorized Practice may require.

Qualifications

  • Successful completion of a recognized legal secretarial program.
  • 1-2 years of law office experience.
  • Ability to safely lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office and online search platforms.
  • Working knowledge of the Rules of Court.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • High attention to detail with well-developed time management and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to work independently and in a team environment.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to personnel@lsbc.org with the subject line: Assistant, UAP. The closing date for this competition is December 16, 2016. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Auditor, Trust Assurance
Vancouver - 1 position

Our Trust Assurance Department is looking to fill a 12 month term Auditor opportunity stationed in Vancouver, to start as soon as possible. Working under the supervision of the Manager and Trust Assurance Team Leaders, the Trust Assurance Auditor conducts compliance audits in accordance with Rule 3-85 to ensure compliance with the Law Society’s Division 7 Rules and reviews annual Trust Reports.

The duties of this position include:

  • Conducting visits to new and established BC law firms to perform compliance audits to ensure lawyers comply with the trust accounting rules and to identify potential misconduct related to financial matters.
  • Providing feedback to lawyers regarding their level of compliance with the rules and what steps should be taken to remedy any deficiencies.
  • Referring non-compliant lawyers to Professional Conduct Department.
  • Reviewing annual Trust Report submissions and using professional judgment to determine if the firm’s level of compliance with the Division 7 Rules is acceptable.
  • Composing letters and reviewing correspondence from lawyers regarding Trust Reports, rule violations and other matters.
  • Responding to inquiries regarding trust accounting, the Trust Administration Fee and Division 7 rule interpretations.
  • Participating in the review and refinement of the Trust Assurance Program, including the continued development of audit procedures, review and revision of the Division 7 rules, and reference material such as the Trust Accounting Handbook.
  • Assisting new firms in understanding the rules and answer questions on site and any future questions regarding the Law Society Accounting Rules.
  • Providing oral evidence supporting the referral to Professional Conduct, when required.
  • Such other duties as the manager may require.

Qualifications

  • CPA (CA, CGA, or CMA) designation.
  • 5 or more years of experience in an accounting or auditing role.
  • Advanced training in fraud related courses or CFE or CIA designation considered an asset.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills.
  • A professional, mature, and confident disposition.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and capable of performing autonomously while meeting strict deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the Law Society’s Division 7 Trust Accounting Rules in addition to general law firm accounting.

This position requires regular travel within the Lower Mainland. Travel throughout the rest of BC is also required and limited to approximately 25% of the time. The applicant must hold a valid BC driver’s license and possess a reliable vehicle.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to personnel@lsbc.org with the subject line: Auditor, Trust Assurance – Vancouver . The closing date for this competition is December 31, 2016. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Auditor, Trust Assurance
Vancouver Island - 1 position

Our Trust Assurance Department is looking to fill a 12 month term Auditor opportunity stationed on Vancouver Island, to start as soon as possible. Working under the supervision of the Manager and Trust Assurance Team Leaders, the Trust Assurance Auditor conducts compliance audits in accordance with Rule 3-85 to ensure compliance with the Law Society’s Division 7 Rules and reviews annual Trust Reports.

The duties of this position include:

  • Conducting visits to new and established BC law firms to perform compliance audits to ensure lawyers comply with the trust accounting rules and to identify potential misconduct related to financial matters.
  • Providing feedback to lawyers regarding their level of compliance with the rules and what steps should be taken to remedy any deficiencies.
  • Referring non-compliant lawyers to Professional Conduct Department.
  • Reviewing annual Trust Report submissions and using professional judgment to determine if the firm’s level of compliance with the Division 7 Rules is acceptable.
  • Composing letters and reviewing correspondence from lawyers regarding Trust Reports, rule violations and other matters.
  • Responding to inquiries regarding trust accounting, the Trust Administration Fee and Division 7 rule interpretations.
  • Participating in the review and refinement of the Trust Assurance Program, including the continued development of audit procedures, review and revision of the Division 7 rules, and reference material such as the Trust Accounting Handbook.
  • Assisting new firms in understanding the rules and answer questions on site and any future questions regarding the Law Society Accounting Rules.
  • Providing oral evidence supporting the referral to Professional Conduct, when required.
  • Such other duties as the manager may require.

Qualifications

  • CPA (CA, CGA, or CMA) designation.
  • 5 or more years of experience in an accounting or auditing role.
  • Advanced training in fraud related courses or CFE or CIA designation considered an asset.
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills.
  • A professional, mature, and confident disposition.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and capable of performing autonomously while meeting strict deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the Law Society’s Division 7 Trust Accounting Rules in addition to general law firm accounting.

This position requires regular travel within Vancouver Island. The applicant must hold a valid BC driver’s license and possess a reliable vehicle.

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to personnel@lsbc.org with the subject line: Auditor, Trust Assurance – Vancouver Island. The closing date for this competition is December 31, 2016. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Claims Manager

Are you a leader?

The Law Society’s Lawyers Insurance Fund (LIF) is offering a unique opportunity to lead a highly motivated team of experienced and talented lawyers and staff as one of two Claims Managers.

LIF manages the lawyer’s professional liability insurance program for the Law Society of British Columbia. As a Claims Manager, you will be responsible for leading the claims team in a high-performing and professional environment, dedicated to maintaining exemplary service standards and achieving exceptional results.

Your superior analytical and advocacy skills and excellent judgment enable you to effectively resolve a broad variety of complex and challenging matters. You have exceptional organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, and take a practical approach to problem solving. You also understand that a systematic approach to operations is critical for the success of any well-run organization. You are able to develop and implement a broad vision for the claims operation but also focus on the details when necessary.

Reporting to the Director of Insurance, you enjoy considerable autonomy, including settlement authority up to $350,000 per claim, and up to $1,000,000 per claim in the Director’s absence.

As Claims Manager, you will:

  • Lead and inspire best practices among our dedicated and talented claims staff, including mentoring and providing ongoing feedback.
  • Develop, implement and administer claims management policies, procedures, and systems that will maintain LIF’s success as a continually evolving, high-functioning claims facility.
  • Evaluate new claims and potential claims and manage work loads including the conduct of in-house defence.
  • Participate hands-on in the resolution of complex claims and coverage issues.
  • Deliver risk management presentations and advice to lawyers and firms, and analyse and advise stakeholders on existing and future trends in claims.
  • Educate, evaluate and assist in setting reasonable rates of remuneration for external defence counsel.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with insured lawyers, external defence counsel, excess insurers, Benchers, reinsurers, brokers, actuaries, auditors and other lawyers’ professional liability programs.

Qualifications

  • Practising membership in the Law Society of BC or eligibility for membership.
  • At least ten years of practice experience, preferably in BC, including some experience in the insurance industry or defending professional liability claims.
  • Supervisory or managerial experience, and demonstrably effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to evaluate and assist in the successful resolution of complex litigation.
  • Superior judgment and analytical, organizational, advocacy, administrative, IT, presentation and writing skills.
  • Ability to effectively develop and manage a budget.

Preferably you have experience in managing lawyers or managing a professional liability claims operation. Experience or training in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques is an asset, as is experience in developing and implementing new operational practices and procedures.

LIF provides insurance to all lawyers engaged in private practice in British Columbia. It has over $120 million in assets, an annual budget of $14 million, and manages 1000 reports of claims and potential claims against lawyers each year.

DGA Careers Inc. has the exclusive rights to the Claims Manager search with the Law Society of British Columbia. Please direct all preliminary inquiries and applications to the attention of Melissa Colley at melissa@dgacareers.com or 778-383-9790 x 101

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.



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.