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Farris seeks a talented lawyer to support our busy solicitors’ practice. The ideal candidate will have a background in general corporate/commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate finance.

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, Finance will be a dynamic, highly motivated and experienced financial leader. The Director will oversee all financial aspects of the firm and drive Farris’ financial strategy and planning. In addition, the role will be responsible for assessing the financial performance of the firm and identifying possible risks and investments, in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer and Management Committee. Key functional responsibilities include Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Trust Accounting, Payroll and Benefits, and Billing.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. People Leadership
  • Recruit and develop employees.
  • Foster a positive work environment by setting and clarifying goals, building the commitment of individuals, strengthening the group’s collective skills and encouraging creativity and problem solving.
  • Ensure departmental processes and procedures remain efficient and effective.
  1. Financial Leadership
  • Drive the financial planning of the firm by analyzing its performance and risks.
  • Retain constant awareness of the firm’s financial position and act to prevent problems.
  • Oversee all audit and internal control operations.
  • Identify and deliver on profitability, cost savings and operational improvement initiatives.
  • Prepare and review monthly, quarterly and year-end financial statements and provide insights on business drivers, issues, and trends.
  • Prepare various partnership and company tax returns.
  • Ensure adherence to all applicable financial laws and guidelines (e.g. Law Society rules).
  1. System Management
  • Maintain and continually enhance the firm’s accounting system (Elite).
  • In collaboration with Human Resources, implement and maintain a new payroll/HRIS system (Ceridian Dayforce).
  • Leverage systems capabilities to enhance operational processes and reports.
  1. Professional Development
  • Maintain current knowledge of relevant legislation (e.g. tax), Law Society rules and regulations, banking requirements and other financial matters relating to the provision of legal services.

 Qualifications

  • CPA designation with three to five years’ experience managing an accounting department. Preference will be given to those with a professional services background.
  • Strong leadership and relationship management skills; open, approachable, and empathetic. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with lawyers, staff and other managers.
  • Meticulously detail-oriented and well-organized.
  • Strong ability to analyze financial data, prepare accurate and timely reports and interpret financial results into meaningful insights.
  • Sound knowledge of general accounting functions including GAAP/CPAC guidelines.
  • Strong ability to anticipate management information requirements.
  • Effective decision making and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects/duties.
  • Strong service and team orientation. Brings a “roll up the sleeves” approach to achieving results.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Advanced proficiency with MS Excel and Word. Experience with Elite Enterprise and SQL considered an asset.

 

Please submit your resumes 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 LAA will support an exceptionally busy practice by taking ownership for managing client and file information; establishing and maintaining organizational systems to manage paper-flow; client contact; reviewing documents; document production; billing, filing, and other administrative tasks.

Primary Responsibilities

  • File preparation, organization, and management.
  • Prioritizing daily tasks, maintaining a Bring Forward system, scheduling meetings, etc.
  • Document preparation for standard commercial real estate transactions.
  • Reviewing and revising documents and correspondence.
  • Time entry, billings and client collections.
  • Other general administrative and secretarial support services as required.

Qualifications

  • Three to five years’ related experience. Preference will be given to individuals with experience in real estate development.
  • Strong desire and willingness to grow and develop professionally.
  • Strong document production skills and advanced level of proficiency in MS Office.
  • Working knowledge of various applicable databases i.e. BC Online, LTSA, municipal tax searches, etc. considered an asset.
  • Ability to anticipate and take initiative.
  • The ability to function well under pressure; handle a high volume, fast pace and multiple assignments without sacrificing quality of work product.
  • Meticulously detail-oriented – excellent spelling, grammar and proof-reading skills.
  • Resilient team player with an unwavering sense of urgency.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including ability to communicate in a professional, mature and courteous manner.
  • Flexibility to work occasional overtime.
  • Keyboarding of 60 wpm.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed an accredited Legal Administrative Assistant program.

 

Please forward resumes to Human Resources or e-mail: ejackson@farris.com.

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