We are currently seeking a talented lawyer to support our busy, top tier solicitors’ practice in Kelowna. The ideal candidate will have a background in one or more of corporate/commercial law, real estate, securities and corporate finance. Candidates should be strongly self-motivated and be committed to building their legal practice in Kelowna, as part of a dynamic team.

Successful candidates will have:

• Excellent analytical, drafting and advocacy skills
• Strong academic credentials
• Leading law firm experience
• Excellent interpersonal skills and initiative

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

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Farris is a high-performance law firm, with the proven capacity and experience to execute and close complex and diverse transactions. The firm’s clients include some of the most significant public institutions, listed companies and private corporations in British Columbia. Farris balances a strong regional and national presence with an expanding international practice that includes US, European, and Asia-Pacific based clients.

The firm practices nationally from its office in Vancouver and has offices in Kelowna and Victoria. Farris has over 100 professionals who collectively offer a full range of legal services and tax planning and advice.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director will be a dynamic, highly motivated and experienced IT leader. The successful candidate will be responsible for evaluating the firm’s existing technologies and processes and making recommendations to senior management. The Director will lead the firm through a digital transformation, balancing competitive advantage, cost effectiveness and firm culture. The position oversees the full suite of IT services including vision and strategy, service delivery, infrastructure and operations, applications architecture and security. Preference will be given to those candidates with strong service delivery and applications architecture experience.

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of success as a leader who has been responsible for developing and implementing technology strategies in a service-oriented business. Minimum 10 years’ experience in the technology field and a minimum 5 years’ experience in a leadership or management role in an IT setting. They will have a proven record implementing digital transformation within organizations. Experience working in a professional services environment is highly desirable.

To explore this opportunity further, please submit your resume below.

Farris LLP/Director, Information Technology

Farris is a high performance full service law firm, with offices in Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria.

Farris seeks a Manager, Student Programs & Marketing for its Vancouver office. In this role you will be responsible for all aspects of the student programs, including the recruitment and professional development of summer and articling students, as well as liaising with law schools. You will work closely with our Director, Professional Development and Marketing on recruitment initiatives relating to students and junior lawyers. You will also assist the Director, Professional Development and Marketing in carrying out the firm’s overall branding and marketing strategy, and you will work with individual lawyers in designing and implementing individualized marketing initiatives.

This position is located in our Vancouver office and requires occasional travel to Canadian Universities in BC and across Canada.  If you are seeking a unique opportunity in a law firm working with lawyers and students, this could be the right move for you.

Successful candidates will have:

  • A law degree with at least 3 years of experience in a large law firm, or experience in a similar role
  • Strong interpersonal skills and initiative
  • Excellent writing / organizational skills
  • An interest in recruitment / professional development / marketing

We invite you to send your application with cover letter to Sharan Sangha at ssangha@farris.com.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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General Accountability

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

  • Draft daily correspondence, document preparation and proofreading, and management of precedents.
  • Electronic and physical file preparation and management.
  • Maintain BF system.
  • Daily time entry, billings and client collections.
  • Witness wills and other documents, and manage the vault for the estate planning clients.
  • Make travel arrangements for lawyers.
  • May be required to provide back-up reception or office services support, and assist Kelowna office with cheque deposits and client document signatures.
  • Other general administrative and secretarial support services as required.

Qualifications

  • Three to five years’ related experience preferably in Corporate Commercial and Wills & Estates law.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in MS Word.
  • Minimum typing speed of 60 wpm.
  • Detail oriented – strong written communication skills, and excellent spelling, grammar and proof-reading ability.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate in a professional, mature and courteous manner.
  • Strong organizational and document production skills (particularly large, complex documents).
  • Strong file and calendar management skills.
  • Ability to function well under pressure; handle a high volume, fast pace and multiple assignments without sacrificing quality or attention to detail.
  • Ability to take initiative and think ahead.
  • Impeccable service orientation.
  • Professional deportment and presence.
  • A positive and willing attitude and the ability to work as part of a small team with the flexibility to assist others.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed an accredited Legal Administrative Assistant program.
  • Hours of work: 9:00 to 5:00.

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 Development and Commercial Real Estate Paralegal will be responsible for assisting the real estate development team 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 residential and commercial conveyancing transactions.
  • Conduct title and off-title due diligence searches including pre and post registration searches.
  • Draft applications to deposit plans, statutory right of ways, covenants, and easements.
  • Prepare and file EFS applications for registration of documents and plans.
  • Prepare and file Disclosure Statements.
  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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

This role comprises both Billing & General Accounting Clerk duties along with providing general assistance to the Accounting department.

Billing Clerk Duties

  • Monthly billing for approximately 100 lawyers over 3 offices (generating pre-bills, bills, reversals, WIP write-offs).
  • Preparing AR & WIP reports and answering various billing queries.
  • Processing E-Bills.
  • Maintaining ELITE data for billing setups.
  • Checking scans, and matching invoices to pre-bills.

General Accounting Clerk Duties

  • Checking file opening sheets.
  • Disbursement balancing (generating reports, posting journals, etc) and maintaining spreadsheets.
  • Posting/uploading various disbursements to Copitrak (cost recovery software).
  • Posting GOE journals & maintaining spreadsheets.
  • Payroll deductions – generating reports and posting personal charges.
  • Adhoc duties as requested.
  • Back-up duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • One to two years of direct accounting experience; professional services background considered an asset.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work calmly under tight deadlines.
  • Enjoys taking initiative, and the ability to work both independently and as a team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive and willing attitude.
  • Good working knowledge of Excel; knowledge of ELITE an asset but not required.

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 LAA will be 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

  • Support of our Immigration lawyer will be a major component of this position.  Immigration experience is not required but an interest in learning is desired.
  • Ability to prepare and complete immigration and administrative files by downloading and accurately filling out forms, preparing additional information and supporting documents as per the specific programs.
  • Compile applications for submission to government agencies.
  • Work directly with clients to gather and prepare information and supporting documents for applications.
  • File preparation, organization and management.
  • Draft daily correspondence, document preparation and docketing.
  • Maintain BF system.
  • Handle billings and client reminders.
  • Other general administrative and secretarial support services as required.

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum three years’ legal administrative assistant experience desired.
  • Exceptional organizational skills; the ability to function well under pressure; handle a high volume, fast pace and multiple assignments without sacrificing quality or attention to detail.
  • Strong document production skills and advanced level of proficiency in MS Office, including document management and comparison systems.
  • Meticulously detail oriented – excellent spelling, grammar and proof-reading skills.
  • Resilient, a strong sense of “team”, and an unwavering sense of urgency.
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to communicate in a professional, mature and courteous manner.
  • Ability to take initiative and think ahead.
  • Keyboarding of at least 60 wpm.
  • Flexibility to work overtime.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed an accredited Legal Administrative Assistant program.

We are looking to fill this position immediately and invite you to forward a cover letter and detailed resume, with references, in confidence, to Sandy Claggett, Office Administrator – sclaggett@farris.com.

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

General Accountability

The Debt Collections Paralegal will be responsible for providing support to a high volume, time-sensitive practice including drafting, reviewing, and analyzing legal documents for debt collections matters.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Draft and prepare demand letters, Notices of Civil Claim, Notices of Application, Petitions, Orders, Affidavits, pleadings, application for default and summary trial, and various other legal documents.
  • CSO – E-filing of various documents including Notices of Civil Claim, Responses, Notices of Application, Orders, etc.
  • LTSA – searches; preparation of Land Title documents; registration of Land Title documents.
  • Prepare Writs of Enforcement, Judgments and reporting to client(s).
  • Perform regular file follow-ups, and provide regular and timely status updates, as well as continual follow-up on outstanding documents and or services.
  • Engage in direct phone and e-mail communications with client and others including debtors, process servers, property managers, insurance companies, law courts, lawyers.
  • Work proactively in the management of calendar system and databases to ensure important deadlines are met.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Three to five years’ paralegal experience in litigation and collection matters.
  • Solid knowledge of British Columbia Supreme Court Rules; Limitation Act; Court Order Enforcement Act; Land Title Act, etc.
  • Exceptional client service and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate persuasively, effectively, and professionally. Strong written communication skills are equally essential.
  • Solid organizational, analytical and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to practically problem-solve, and exercise sound, independent judgment.
  • Resourceful, detail-oriented and proactive.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments without sacrificing quality or attention to detail.
  • A team player who can work independently and take the initiative.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with MS Word, Excel and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Experience with iManage or another document management system considered an asset.
  • 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.

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; and billing and administrative tasks.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Prepare correspondence, documents, faxes etc. using digital dictation, email instructions, and copy typing.
  • Draft standard letters, documents, and document briefs.
  • Draft pleadings under the Family Law Act and the Divorce Act.
  • Set trials, discoveries, etc. and prepare required documentation.
  • Prepare Lists of Documents, Form 8 Financial Statements, and Application Records.
  • File preparation and management.
  • Time entry, billings and client collections.
  • Liaise with clients and potential clients.
  • Coordinate and schedule various meetings and appointments.
  • Maintain BF system to ensure follow up and receipt of requested materials/documents.
  • Other general and administrative tasks as required.

 

Qualifications

  • At least five years’ family law and litigation experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (including Excel), and DivorceMate applications.
  • Knowledge of Family Law Act, Supreme Court Family Rules, and Court Forms.
  • Exceptional organizational skills; the ability to function well under pressure; handle a high volume, fast pace and multiple assignments without sacrificing quality or attention to detail.
  • Aptitude in electronic filing and organizational systems for a paperless practice.
  • Meticulously detail oriented – excellent spelling, grammar and proof-reading skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate in a professional, mature and courteous manner.
  • Professional deportment and presence.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Flexibility to work occasional overtime.
  • Keyboarding of 55-60 wpm.
  • 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.