The idea candidate should have experience working in law firms and you need to be looking for a challenging, diverse new role.
Perform legal support functions, including formatting, entering edits and producing legal documents - e.g., pleadings, advice memos and correspondence - to a high standard and sometimes under time pressure to meet filing deadlines.
Prepare and proof-read documents and correspondence from handwritten material, rough copy or digital dictation. When appropriate, edit documents for proper phrasing and grammar to improve the flow of the message without altering the meaning. May reformat, spell check and finalise lawyer work product as appropriate.
Effectively and efficiently make appointments, coordinate dates, times and locations (sometimes across several time zones) for meetings and telephone conference calls.
Extensive diary management and coordination to accommodate changes in circumstances and ensure all appropriate individuals are informed of changes.
Participate in administrative support for hearings, including the preparation of bundles, logistics, and collation of other hearing materials.
Prepare partner expenses for reimbursement.
Provide assistance with conflict cases in other jurisdictions as necessary which may require some travel.
Identify and research legal issues.
Perform other such duties that may be assigned.
Excellent written and spoken English and French, including spelling and grammar.
Able to meet tight deadlines and perform under pressure.
A proactive and team orientated work-ethic
A flexible approach to work
Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
Bachelor’s degree with a major in legal assistance or pre-law.
Completion of any bachelor’s degree and one of the following: a one or two-year legal assistance program, two years of legal research analysis work experience, or Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) designation.
Advanced MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) skills.
Excellent typing speed (60 wpm).
Excellent knowledge of formatting large documents and pleadings.