Description

Fasken is a leading international business law and litigation firm. Our firm’s 950 lawyers are located across offices in Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City, London, Johannesburg and an office in the professional and retail district known as Taza (/Ta-Zah/) on Tsuut’ina lands. Providing strategic and thoughtful advice in all areas of business law, our broad range of clients include close to half of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as corporate clients, government agencies, regulatory authorities, non-profit bodies and individuals. Our clients interests are paramount in all that we do and we take pride in supporting our communities. We are a place where bright, talented, and collegial people want to work together and we work hard together to achieve our goals in a collaborative and efficient way.


CONFLICTS COUNSEL, GENERAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE

Fasken has an opportunity for an experienced legal professional to join its General Counsel’s Office team. The General Counsel’s Office is responsible for managing Fasken’s legal risks and compliance, including governance and other enterprise risks, professional liability and client/matter intake including conflicts.

Reporting to the Associate General Counsel, Risk and Compliance, the Conflicts Counsel is primarily responsible for identifying and resolving complex conflict of interest matters for the Firm, conflicts of interest related to all new and lateral hires to the Firm, overseeing ethical walls and client verification processes, and reviewing client commitment documents (engagement letters and outside counsel guidelines). The position will work closely with Conflicts Analysts, Compliance Partners, Firm lawyers and other levels of Firm administration as well as other members of the Legal Risk & Compliance team (General Counsel’s Office) to facilitate resolution of conflicts of interest and business sensitivity issues. Conflicts Counsel, while not necessarily having direct supervisory responsibilities, will have authority to delegate tasks within the department to ensure a comprehensive and effective client intake process, and will work closely with the Associate General Counsel, Risk and Compliance to ensure the Firm adopts best practices in the client intake process to support the Firm’s business and strategic goals while mitigating risk.


Qualifications Required:

  • LL.B., BCL or J.D. required.
  • Must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario or the Barreau du Québec.
  • Minimum of 3 years of legal experience, preferably at a large law firm, with senior experience in conflicts researching and analysis preferred.
  • Substantive familiarity with provincial Rules of Professional Conduct and applicable case law, including client identification and verification requirements for legal professionals.
  • Proficiency with Intapp Open business intake and onboarding software preferred.
  • Proficiency in English and French preferred.


A Day In the Life

  • Timely identification and resolution of complex conflict of interest issues in the intake of new business and the hiring of new employees or lateral lawyers or partners.
  • Develop and maintain substantive knowledge of and familiarity with: (a) legal ethics, conflicts, compliance and professional responsibility rules applicable in the Firm’s jurisdictions of practice and (b) the Firm’s procedures, policies, practices and processes relating to client intake/conflicts.
  • Work with Conflicts Analysts, Compliance Partners, Firm lawyers and other levels of Firm administration as well as other members of the Legal Risk & Compliance team to obtain relevant conflict information and make determinations on conflicts issues.
  • Assist in developing policies and procedures for identifying and resolving potential legal and business conflicts of interest in a manner that facilitates Firm growth while mitigating risk.
  • Develop conflict search processes and strategies with the Legal Risk & Compliance team.
  • Draft and review conflicts reports, waivers and modifications to engagement letters as needed.
  • Assist with the conflicts clearance process for highly sensitive or confidential matters.
  • Facilitate the seeking and reviewing of conflict consents from clients as required.
  • Assist with the maintenance and update of the business intake and onboarding solution, including the implementation and monitoring of ethical walls.
  • Perform legal research and analysis as required.
  • Provide guidance, information, training regarding internal compliance policies, processes and procedural changes to Firm members.


Must Haves

  • Confident working independently and efficiently to provide accurate, high-quality work under tight time constraints.
  • Adept at organizing and prioritizing multiple demands.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills with an aptitude for problem solving.
  • Excellent leadership skills including strong communication, mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Strict attention to detail, excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Strong customer service orientation toward assisting lawyers, firm members and clients.
  • Experience driving transformation through process improvements and efficiencies.
  • Excellent contract drafting and review skills.


Why Work With Us

Fasken is dedicated to rewarding your contributions and encouraging your professional development. We offer a comprehensive salary and benefits package that is very competitive, together with opportunities for personal and professional growth.


Our benefits include:

  • A health and wellness subsidy
  • An annual education & tuition reimbursement
  • Flexible medical and dental benefits (effective from day 1)
  • Short term and long term disability insurance
  • Personal days
  • Employee & family assistance program
  • Paid vacation and sick days
  • Group retirement savings plan with matching contributions
  • Monetary incentive for employee referrals
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Opportunities to give back to your community through firm initiatives
  • An engaging firm culture that celebrates our hardworking and dedicated people


Diversity and Inclusion

At Fasken we believe a diverse workplace comprises individuals with unique backgrounds, characteristics and qualities. An inclusive workplace creates an equitable environment where individuals are respected and where they are welcome. Fasken is committed to diversity and inclusion in all that we do.

Accessibility and Accommodation

It is important to our Firm that all its members, including those with disabilities, find our workplace to be welcoming and supportive. Reasonable accommodations are available on request for candidates with disabilities taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Background and Reference Checks

Any offer of employment may be conditional upon full background checks including a criminal record check, a credit check, employment and educational verification.

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $125,000-$165,000 annually; the base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, experience, internal and market equity.

Your Application

We appreciate hearing from all qualified candidates, however, only those applicants whose background and experience match our requirements will be contacted. You can submit your application to Alison Cowan through Droit-inc.