We are currently seeking a talented lawyer to join a successful and growing real estate practice. With an exciting and dynamic group of clients at Farris, the successful candidate is not required to have an existing client base. However, the successful candidate will be encouraged to be entrepreneurial, and will exhibit strong technical skills, interpersonal skills, work ethic and the ability to manage a diverse range of clients and files. This is a tremendous opportunity to join a relatively small team and build your career in real estate law.

Please submit your application, including cover letter, resume and academic transcripts to Humza Boyden at hkhan@boyden.com.

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We are currently seeking a talented lawyer to support our family law practice in Vancouver. Working with sophisticated clientele, you will have access to challenging work in a fast paced collegial environment.

Please submit your application, including cover letter, resume and academic transcripts to Sharan Sangha at ssangha@farris.com.

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Farris is seeking to add talented lawyers to support our busy, top tier litigation practice in Kelowna. Our practice covers an array of commercial and civil litigation matters, including family, and labour & employment law.

Please submit your application, including cover letter, resume and academic transcripts to Sharan Sangha at ssangha@farris.com.

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General Accountability

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director, Human Resources is responsible for all support staff HR life cycle activities including recruiting, on-boarding, performance management, development, retention and off-boarding. The Director, in collaboration with Firm leadership, leads and/or supports HR processes and initiatives to enhance employee engagement, drive internal communications, ensure legal and regulatory compliance and contribute to a high performance culture across all locations.

 

Primary Responsibilities

 

  1. People Leadership and Development
  • In consultation with the Firm leadership, coordinate administrative sharing arrangements.
  • In conjunction with the respective lawyers, manage performance of all legal assistants and paralegals in the Vancouver and Victoria offices. This includes setting goals and expectations, monitoring and measuring performance, developing the capacity to perform, and recognizing and rewarding good performance.
  • Guide and support lawyers and managers with performance management and progressive discipline matters up to, and including, termination of employment.
  • Lead and oversee the development and execution of professional and personal development programs for staff and management that will enhance productivity and quality of work, improve employee engagement and enhance individual and firm performance to achieve business results.

 

  1. Employee Relations
  • Develop and execute strategies and initiatives to enhance employee engagement and promote a culture of teamwork, collaboration, professionalism, trust and respect.
  • Create a culture that promotes healthy conflict and open communication and provides employees tools and training to resolve conflict in a respectful and professional manner.
  • Ensure all HR practices comply with Employment Standards and other provincial regulations.

 

  1. Communication
  • Accountable for the ongoing evolution of a proactive, internal communications initiative that serves to engage, inform, excite and motivate employees.
  • Responsible for the administration, maintenance and curation of the Firm’s intranet and other communication technology.

 

  1. Recruitment and Retention
  • Implements and develops strategic short and long-term goals of the HR department; including technology and process improvements and initiatives.
  • Oversee full cycle recruitment of all legal support professionals, including sourcing, screening, and selection.
  • Oversee the administration of the Float Schedule, temporary staffing, practicum students and summer clerk placements.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with the Partners, Associates and Managers to ensure appropriate “fit”.
  • Maintain awareness of industry trends, standards and best practices, and adopt where appropriate.

 

  1. Compensation
  • Adopt compensation best practices and principles to support the design and creation of competitive compensation programs to drive employee performance and business results, while attracting and retaining superior staff.
  • Monitor all pay practices and systems for effectiveness and cost containment.
  • Participate in various compensation and benefits surveys each year.

 

  1. Payroll and Benefits
  • Oversee the payroll administration process for all employees and partners.
  • Develop and implement Firm benefits programs, balancing cost effectiveness and industry competitiveness.
  • Provide direction and guidance in the interpretation, administration and monitoring of these programs.

 

Qualifications

  • A Human Resources degree or diploma from a recognized post-secondary institution, plus a CPHR designation preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years’ of progressive HR leadership experience, ideally within a professional services environment.
  • Experience with payroll and benefits administration considered an asset.
  • A strategic thinker with business acumen. Has the ability to both “roll up the sleeves” as well as operate strategically.
  • An ability to transform, develop, and maintain a best practice HR function.
  • Proficient in maintaining an HRIS platform.
  • Strong leadership and relationship management skills; open, approachable, empathetic; naturally deals with people in a supportive manner. Ability to build trust early with others. Understands the balance between employee support and employee management.
  • Strong service orientation. Anticipates and recognizes internal client needs and seeks ways to enhance the quality of services provided. Encourages others to have high quality standards in their work.
  • A highly effective communicator with the ability to clearly and concisely articulate ideas, concepts, and proposals.
  • Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills. Is objective, fair and tactful. Brings issues into the open, works to understand both perspectives, seeks common ground and works to find a resolution that is satisfactory to all.
  • Exceptional judgement. Strategically weighs the consequences and severity of the options before making logical and well thought out decisions.
  • A positive, energetic, pro-active self-starter who requires little direction. Ability to manage within a busy, often stressful environment and to prioritize multiple projects or tasks.
  • Team oriented. Has the ability to work effectively with lawyers, staff and other managers.
  • Confident; strong sense of self.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Michael Shakespeare at mshakespeare@farris.com.

We thank all candidates for their interest in Farris; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

 

 

 

 

General Accountability

The Trust Accounting clerk is primarily responsible for supporting Lawyers, Paralegals, and Legal Assistants with all Trust related transactions.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Review the trust bank statement daily and ensure all transactions have been posted in the accounting system.
  • Review, process and post trust deposits and payments (including foreign exchange transactions).
  • Maintain trust investments accounts and complete all the necessary postings.
  • Reconcile trust bank accounts on a monthly basis.
  • Maintain trust BF system.
  • Ensure all Law Society rules and regulations are being followed.
  • Prepare and file the quarterly TAF remittance.
  • Prepare and send annual T5/NR4 slips.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual trust audit.
  • Prepare the annual CDIC report.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in Accounting or a related field, or equivalent experience to successfully fulfill the essential requirements of the role.
  • Minimum two years’ Accounting experience; preferably within a professional services firm.
  • One year of trust accounting or related experience.
  • Proficient in MSOffice, which includes a strong working knowledge of Outlook, Excel, and Word.
  • Experience with a complex accounting system. Working knowledge of ELITE considered an asset.
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Strong service orientation.
  • Ability to work calmly under tight deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written) and the ability to interact with individuals at all level within the organization.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment.
  • Ability to work occasional overtime (before 9am or after 5 pm) when required to meet client demands.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Human Resources or email Elizabeth Jackson at ejackson@farris.com.

We thank all candidates for their interest in Farris; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

General Accountability

Supporting two busy Partners, the Legal Administrative Assistant is responsible for all aspects of managing client and file information, including establishing and maintaining organizational systems to manage paper-flow; client contact; drafting and filing documents; billing and administrative tasks.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Daily correspondence, document preparation, dicta-typing, drafting and filing court documents.
  • Prepare briefs of documents and authorities for use in arbitration hearings and court.
  • Schedule court, hearing and meeting dates; communicate with court registries.
  • File preparation and management.
  • Time entry, billings and client collections.
  • Maintain BF system.
  • Obtain and index cases from QuickLaw and other sources.
  • Other general and administrative tasks as required.

 

Qualifications

  • Three to five years’ litigation experience. A background in employment and labour law considered an asset.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in MS Word and Excel.
  • Minimum typing speed of 60 wpm.
  • Exceptionally organized, with strong file and calendar management skills.
  • Meticulously detail oriented – excellent spelling, grammar and proof-reading skills.
  • Ability to function well under pressure, manage a high volume of work, and multi-task.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate in a professional, mature and courteous manner.
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information with tact and discretion.
  • A team player who can work independently and take the initiative.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed an accredited Legal Administrative Assistant program.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Human Resources or email Elizabeth Jackson at ejackson@farris.com.

We thank all candidates for their interest in Farris; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

General Accountability

The Residential and Commercial Real Estate Paralegal will be responsible for assisting the real estate group in all aspects of its busy practice including drafting, reviewing, and analyzing residential and commercial real estate documents, conducting title/due diligence searches, and closings.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Administer files from start to finish.
  • Residential and commercial conveyancing and other administrative support to the real estate group, as required.
  • Prepare all loan and security documentation relating to commercial conveyancing transactions.
  • Conduct title and off-title due diligence searches.
  • Review and process purchase and sales contracts, deposits and payouts.
  • Prepare all internal documents relating to trust transactions.
  • Prepare discharge of mortgages and reporting discharge particulars to purchaser’s legal representative.
  • Prepare and finalize reporting letters.
  • Communicate with vendors, purchasers, financial institutions, clients, lawyers, realtors and others.
  • Participate in client interviews, engage in direct phone and e-mail communications with clients and others and attend to execution of documents by clients.
Education, Training, Skills, and Experience
  • Three to five years’ related paralegal experience covering all aspects of residential and commercial real estate transactions (contracts, surveys, title and loan documents and closings.)
  • Strong document production skills and a solid proficiency in MS Word and Excel.
  • Familiarity and experience with e-filing.
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to communicate in a professional, mature and courteous manner.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments without sacrificing quality or attention to detail.
  • A team player who can work independently and take the initiative.
  • A certificate/diploma from an accredited Paralegal program would be an asset.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Human Resources or email Elizabeth Jackson at ejackson@farris.com.

We thank all candidates for their interest in Farris; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

General Accountability

Responsible for all aspects of managing client and file information, including establishing and maintaining organizational systems to manage paper-flow; client contact; drafting and filing documents; billing and administrative tasks.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Daily correspondence, document preparation, dicta-typing, drafting and filing court documents.
  • Prepare lists of documents; organize and assemble chambers records, books of authorities, appeal records and appeal books.
  • Schedule court dates and discoveries; communicate with court registries, clients and counsel.
  • File preparation and management including daily electronic and paper-based filing.
  • Monthly time billings, accounts and collections, and client status reports.
  • Maintain BF systems.
  • Obtain and index cases from online and other sources, including Farris library.
  • Other general and administrative tasks as required.

Qualifications

  • Minimum three years’ litigation experience.
  • Advanced level of proficiency in MS Word and Excel.
  • Minimum typing speed of 60 wpm; dictation
  • Exceptionally organized, with strong file and calendar management skills.
  • Meticulously detail oriented – excellent spelling, grammar and proof-reading skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and think ahead.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate in a professional, mature and courteous manner.
  • Ability to function well under pressure, manage a high volume of work and multi-task.
  • Familiarity with Supreme Court and Court of Appeal Rules, procedures and forms.
  • Ability to locate and cite case law and other authorities.
  • Positive and willing attitude; ability to research solutions online and implement when needed.
  • Flexibility to perform occasional overtime on short notice.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed an accredited Legal Administrative Assistant program.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Human Resources or email Elizabeth Jackson at ejackson@farris.com.

We thank all candidates for their interest in Farris; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

 

General Accountability

Responsible for all aspects of managing client and file information, including establishing and maintaining organizational systems to manage paper-flow; client contact; drafting and filing documents; billing and administrative tasks.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Daily correspondence, document preparation, dicta-typing
  • File preparation and management
  • Time entry, billings and client collections
  • Maintain BF system
  • Book court dates and communicate with court registries
  • Organize and assemble chambers records, books of authorities, appeal records and appeal books
  • Obtain and index cases from QuickLaw and other sources
  • Direct client contact
  • Other general and administrative tasks as required

Qualifications

  • Minimum two years’ litigation experience
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in MS Word
  • Detail oriented
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to function well under pressure, manage a high volume of work, and multi-task
  • Ability to take initiative and think ahead
  • Positive and willing attitude
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed an accredited Legal Administrative Assistant program

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Human Resources or email Elizabeth Jackson at ejackson@farris.com.

We thank all candidates for their interest in Farris; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

General Accountability

The Commercial Real Estate Paralegal will be responsible for assisting the real estate group in all aspects of its busy practice including drafting, reviewing, and analyzing  commercial contracts of purchase and sale, easements, rights of way, subdivisions and strata plan filings, conducting title/due diligence searches, and all matters related to commercial real estate closings including financing.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Administer files from start to finish.
  • Prepare documents with respect to acquisitions and sales of various types of commercial properties, financing and land development matters including preparing all acquisition loan, construction financing and deposit insurance security documents.
  • Prepare and diarize summaries of key transaction dates and conduct title and off-title due diligence searches.
  • Draft statutory right of ways, covenants, and easements.
  • Review and process purchase and sales agreements, deposits and payouts.
  • Prepare all internal documents relating to trust transactions.
  • Prepare discharge of mortgages and reporting discharge particulars to purchaser’s legal representative.
  • Prepare and finalize reporting letters and diarize key post-closings dates and tasks.
  • Communicate with vendors, purchasers, financial institutions, clients, lawyers, brokers and others.
  • Participate in client interviews, engage in direct phone and e-mail communications with clients and others and attend to execution of documents by clients.
  • Other administrative support as required in coordination with existing administrative assistants.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of five years’ related paralegal experience covering all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.
  • Strong document production skills and a solid proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Adobe and in preparing Land Title electronic forms.
  • Strong understanding of BC Land Title Office registration requirements and capability with e-filing including coordination of electronic meets.
  • Working knowledge of various applicable databases i.e. BC Online, LTSA, municipal tax searches, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to communicate in a professional, mature and courteous manner in a busy, fast paced practice.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments without sacrificing quality or attention to detail.
  • A team player who can work independently and take initiative.
  • Familiarity with basic corporate and partnership legal matters and basic familiarity with working with various municipalities throughout British Columbia would be an asset.
  • A certificate/diploma from an accredited paralegal program would be an asset.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Human Resources or email Elizabeth Jackson at ejackson@farris.com.

We thank all candidates for their interest in Farris, however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

General Accountability

The Securities Paralegal will be responsible for assisting the securities group in all aspects of its practice, including drafting, reviewing, and analyzing securities-related transactions, preparing, completing and managing securities filings, and all other matters related to corporate and securities transactions.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist lawyers with securities-related transactions, including private placements, public offerings and takeover/issuer bids.
  • Prepare, complete and manage securities filings and related matters, including electronic filings made through the following systems:
    • SEDAR/SEDI
    • BCSC eServices
    • OSC’s Electronic Filing Portal
    • TSX Securefile
    • Canadian Securities Exchange
    • CDS – CUSIP Applications
  • Prepare, complete and manage other securities filing with respect to:
    • Exempt distributions (e.g. Form 45-106F1)
    • Exemptive relief applications
    • TSXV filings
  • Assist lawyers and clients with respect to securities filing issues, including filing fees, filing timelines, form completion, etc.
  • Assist lawyers and clients with managing transfer agency matters.
  • Research securities-related issues (e.g. exemption orders, continuous disclosure filings, precedent materials).
  • Develop securities precedent documents (e.g. filing transmittal letters, fee checklists, summaries of continuous disclosure filing requirements).
  • Draft routine securities filings and continuous disclosure documents, including:
    • Material Change Reports
    • Early Warning Reports
    • Initial drafts of AIFs, Management Information Circulars, etc.
  • Prepare documentation to incorporate, amalgamate, continue and dissolve corporations and other documentation (resolutions, etc.) in the context of corporate transactions and continuous disclosure obligations.
  • Undertake securities projects as may be required (e.g. closing book library, electronic closing books, precedent systems).
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • 5+ years’ securities paralegal experience.
  • Ability to effectively manage a high volume of work and multi-task.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and project management skills.
  • Confident and hardworking with a willingness to be an active part of the deal team.
  • A team player who can work independently and take the initiative.
  • Ability to function well under pressure; handle large transactions, fast pace and multiple assignments without sacrificing quality of work product.
  • Detail-oriented – excellent spelling, grammar and proof-reading skills.
  • Ability to anticipate and exercise sound judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written).
  • Strong document production skills, advanced level of proficiency in MS Office, including document management and comparison systems.
  • A certificate/diploma from an accredited Paralegal program is desirable.

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Human Resources or email Elizabeth Jackson at ejackson@farris.com.

We thank all candidates for their interest in Farris; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.