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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.

 

Reporting to a senior solicitor Partner, the Legal Administrative Assistant is responsible for:

 

  • Establishing and maintaining all client information and organizational systems
  • Contact with clients, accounting and other professionals
  • Contact with government agencies and other law firms
  • Drafting and management of transactional documents and correspondence
  • Management of transactional timelines and reporting on completion of transactions
  • Filings with government agencies
  • Maintenance of corporate records in both paper and electronic forms
  • Client billing
  • General administrative services relating to client transactions.

 

Education, Training, Skills, and Experience

 

  • A minimum of 5 years related experience is desirable
  • Minimum of 2 years experience using “ALF” corporate database
  • Advanced level of proficiency in using Microsoft Office, Adobe and BC Online
  • Strong document production skills and familiarity with electronic document management and comparison systems
  • Ability to take initiative and think ahead
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • An ability to multi-task under pressure
  • High energy team player
  • Positive and willing attitude
  • Meticulously detail oriented – excellent spelling, grammar and proof-reading skills – attention to detail is a must
  • Keyboarding of at least 60 w.p.m.
  • Flexibility to work overtime
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed an accredited Legal Assistant program.

 

Please forward your cover letter and a detailed resume, in confidence, to Sandy Claggett, Office Administrator – sclaggett@farris.com.

 

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

 

Primary Responsibilities

1.  Audits

  • Receive and record all incoming audit requests.
  • Coordinate legal responses with various lawyers.
  • Composition of simple and complex correspondence.
  • Maintain record of outgoing audit responses.
  • Communicate with outside auditors regarding timing and audit updates.
  • Daily time entry and bi-monthly billing of all audits.
  • Maintain filing system.

2. Administration

  • Track Partner’s emails.
  • Format and print documents.
  • Maintain up-to-date filing system.
  • Regular time entry and preparation of monthly bills.
  • File closures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Detail oriented, methodical, and well-organized.
  • Positive and willing attitude.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to perform under minimal direction and work independently while enjoying being part of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Basic knowledge of Word and Outlook, and a familiarity with Excel.
  • Keyboarding speed of at least 40 wpm.
  • High School graduation and prior work experience in an office environment preferred.

 

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.

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.