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Solicitor - Victoria, BC

Do you have a serious passion for the law? Are you looking to work at one of Canada’s largest and growing Aboriginal Law firms?

Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP is seeking a solicitor to work full-time in our Victoria, British Columbia office, with the flexibility to work remotely during the Pandemic. We provide a full suite of legal services to Indigenous communities, governments, organizations, businesses, tribal councils, non-profits, and individuals. We have expanded our Aboriginal law practice and presence nationally, representing Indigenous groups in almost every jurisdiction across Canada. Please consult our website at: woodwardandcompany.com for an overview of our practice areas.

If you are a 5-10-year call and have experience in one or more of the following areas, we invite you to apply:

  • Trusts, including settlement, business, land, and First Nation community trusts;
  • Tax – general practice with knowledge of aboriginal tax matters;
  • Corporate/commercial, including secured transactions;
  • Governance, Legislation, and Bylaw drafting; and,
  • Commercial development and leasing on First Nation lands.

 Applicants should also demonstrate the following:

  • Member in good standing with one or more Canadian law societies.
  • A genuine interest in developing a practice to serve First Nations interests.
  • Self-motivated and confident.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent technical/legal writing skills.
  • Able to explain complex legal concepts and procedural information across disciplines and cultures.
  • A strong team player able to balance working independently and within interdisciplinary teams including providing mentorship to junior associates.
  • Willingness to travel (post-pandemic) and cultivate relationships with current and future clients.
  • Willingness to participate in cultural and professional events (external/internal) including speaking engagements.

Remuneration:

  • Salary commensurate with experience and year of call.
  • Immediate enrollment in our Group Benefits Plan (Medical/Vision/Dental/Prescription/Paramedical).
  • Employer RSP contribution.
  • Employer-paid Law Society and CBA fees.
  • Continuing Professional Development allowance.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé (in PDF format) to the attention of Pamela Toovey, Human Resources at: employment@woodwardandcompany.com.

  • Cover letter;
  • Résumé;
  • Writing sample (excerpt please – maximum 4 pages); and
  • Two letters of reference.

For everyone’s health and safety, our Vaccination policy, requires full vaccination against COVID-19 to attend Woodward offices in person, meet with our team in person, and attend events held in, or outside of the office.

Litigation Legal Assistant - Victoria, BC

Woodward & Company LLP provides a full suite of legal services to Indigenous governments, businesses, communities, and people. We are seeking an experienced Legal Assistant to join us as a full-time team member. This position requires a confident, outgoing, and engaging individual who displays efficiency, professionalism, self-motivation, a mature work ethic and caring attention to detail to assist multiple lawyers with litigation files.

CORE JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Preparing documents including (drafting, formatting, editing) correspondence, memos, agreements, reports, pleadings, and court documents.
  • Attending to all procedures surrounding the filing and serving of court pleadings and documents.
  • Coordinating with court registries to arrange for hearings, submissions, and trials.
  • Daily use of litigation software, databases, and document management systems, to search and manage document-heavy and complex litigation matters.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Strong problem-solving skills and resourcefulness.
  • Knowledge of legal practices, terminology, and Court processes.
  • Familiarity with Rules of Court.
  • High level of initiative, (knowing when to seek appropriate advice).
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A quick and continuous learner.
  • Technical competencies, including: a) proficient knowledge of MS Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) and Adobe, b) Exposure to BC Online, LTSA searches, litigation software and document management software.
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team in a fast-paced office work environment.
  • Reliability, flexibility, and dependable attendance is an essential function of this position.

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Preference may be given to candidates who have completed a Legal Assistant program from an accredited educational institution in Canada.
  • Grade 12 graduation required, with 3 to 5 years’ applied litigation work experience, preferred.

WHY WOODWARD & COMPANY?

Woodward offers meaningful work focused on Aboriginal Law and Indigenous issues. We offer a great compensation package with signing and referral bonuses, combined with a generous range of benefits, including group health, dental, RSP contributions, vacation, additional paid time off, parking/transit/wellness allowances, and strong support for continuous learning and professional development.

For everyone’s health and safety, our Vaccination policy, requires full vaccination against COVID-19 to attend Woodward offices in person, meet with our team in person, and attend events held in, or outside of the office.

While we would like to thank all applicants for their expression of interest, please note only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No calls, please.

Please submit a cover letter and resumé (in PDF format) to the attention of Pamela Toovey, Human Resources at: employment@woodwardandcompany.com.

2022 Summer Student Work Term - Victoria, BC

Looking for an opportunity to supplement your law school education with a practical work term experience with one of Canada’s largest, busiest, and well-established Aboriginal Law firms?

Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP will be seeking students to work from May to September 2022 in our offices located in Victoria, British Columbia.

We represent Indigenous clients and communities across Canada in a variety of practice areas, including Aboriginal Law, Taxation, Governance, Corporate, Employment, and Environmental. Students will gain meaningful work experience and contribute to research, writing, editing, and organizing the completion of general tasks assigned by our team of lawyers.

Please consult our website at: www.woodwardandcompany.com  for an overview of our areas of practice experience.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • High-level literacy and extensive use of computers.
  • Ability to report frequently and clearly to supervising lawyers.
  • Understanding of professional and ethical issues regarding solicitor-client privilege.
  • Evidence of a firm and ongoing commitment to Indigenous social, legal and justice issues.
  • Willingness to travel (valid driver’s license preferred).
  • A serious passion for the law.
  • Second-year law complete by the commencement of work term placement.
  • A multidisciplinary academic background in Indigenous studies, environmental science, history, geography, literature, research and writing, Aboriginal law, constitutional law, tax law, business associations, trust law, and administrative law.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send in an electronic application package, including:

  • A cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Law school and post-secondary transcripts
  • Two references (either letters or contact information)
  • 4-page writing sample (excerpt please)

Please address and send your application package to the attention of:

Pamela Toovey, CPHR-SCP
Human Resources Manager
Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP
Suite 200 – 1022 Government Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W 1X7
Email: employment@woodwardandcompany.com

Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Work Term Duration: 4 months (12 – 18 weeks), Full-time, 37.5 hours per week

File Clerk - Victoria, BC

Woodward & Company Lawyers LLP provides a full suite of legal services to Indigenous governments, businesses, communities, and people. Woodward is seeking temporary File Clerks/ Office Assistants to join our team on a part-time or full-time basis with flexible availability for task-based assignments required to support the work our team provides. Our law firm is growing fast with plenty of developing opportunities for someone who is quick on their feet with a can-do spirit, administrative skills, and great communication capabilities. You must be engaging, organized, and proficient, especially using Microsoft Office products, i.e., Word, Excel, and Outlook.

CORE JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES:

The File Clerk / Office Assistant is a position within the firm that provides general support in a variety of areas to ensure the smooth operation of the office, clients, team, and files we serve.

  • File documents in accordance with firm procedures, placing importance on accuracy.
  • Make copies of legal documents, invoices, arrange for courier package pick-up or deliveries.
  • Assist with document organization (e.g., scanning, saving, copying) and binder production.
  • Produce documents including (drafting, formatting, editing) correspondence, memos, etc.
  • Provide general administrative support to our Legal Teams, as requested.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned and/or required.

KEY COMPETENCIES:

  • Engaging interpersonal skills. Positive and professional demeanor.
  • A team player who is flexible and adapts to fast-paced assignments with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in preparing and entering information.
  • Effective listening, verbal, and written communications skills.
  • Attention to detail and high level of accuracy.
  • Very effective organizational skills.
  • Computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office products, i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school graduate supplemented with legal or administrative work experience, preferred.
  • Preference may be given to candidates with legal knowledge, skills, and abilities.

WHY WOODWARD & COMPANY?

Woodward offers meaningful work experiences and competitive compensation for those seeking supplemental income and flexibility, with an hourly rate of $20-$25 per hour based on education/experience.

For everyone’s health and safety, our Vaccination policy, requires full vaccination against COVID-19 to attend Woodward offices in person, meet with our team in person, and attend events held in, or outside of the office.

While we would like to thank all applicants for their expression of interest in our developing opportunities, please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No calls, please.

Please forward your cover letter and resumé in PDF format to the attention of Pamela Toovey, CPHR at:  employment@woodwardandcompany.com

Location: Victoria, B.C. (on-site and in-person at our Government Street office)

Start Date: As soon as possible, temporary – part-time or full-time positions are available for 1 to 6 months.

Thank you for considering Woodward & Company