Associate Legal Counsel

Responsible for providing a wide range of legal services to City Council, Committees, Departments, local boards and agencies, in the following practice area:

Planning and development law focusing on:

Planning and development law, including land subdivision, severances, condominiums, official plans, zoning and development, by-law preparation, preparation of development agreements and planning issues generally, including representing the City at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

In addition to planning and development law, the successful candidate may also have the opportunity to undertake work in other practice areas.

Provides legal opinions and policy advice to an assigned client group and are responsible for protecting/advancing the legal interests of the City, advocating and defending corporate positions before the courts and external decision-making bodies. Provides guidance and mentoring to more junior Legal Counsel, Articling Law Students and Paralegals/Law Clerks in the respective practice area.

Education & Experience


Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree (a 3-yr program after first degree).



Two (2) years broad legal experience in the practice of municipal law, as outlined in the Job Summary, which may include experience before civil courts, administrative boards and tribunals, or specific experience directly related to the assigned area of practice.


*Experience and formal training combined with demonstrated performance and ability may substitute for stipulated academic requirements.

Language, Certificates & Licenses

Must be called to the Bar of Ontario and be a member in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.

English oral, reading, writing required



  • Knowledge of the Municipal Act 2001
  • Knowledge of the Code of Professional Conduct of the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Working knowledge of municipal operations, City organizational structures, and departmental business requirements, complexities, and inter-relationships
  • Working knowledge of the specific legislation, regulations, policies/guidelines and methods/procedures relating to the assigned area of practice
  • Working knowledge of the law of civil procedures and practice before the courts, and or administrative boards or tribunals
  • Working knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures relating to interviewing, facilitation, negotiation, dispute resolution, and mediation
  • Protocols for developing submissions, briefings, reports
  • Protocols for responding to inquiries, and preparing reports, briefing notes and other communiquĂ©s
  • Knowledge of Employee Code of Conduct as well as applicable health and safety legislation, including the rights and duties of workers.

Competencies & Skills

  • Able to work independently, with minimal direction, and collaboratively with all staff as part of a team
  • Able to professionally represent the City before the courts and or administrative tribunals, and at meetings involving multiple shareholders and the general public
  • Possess leadership and human relations skills to provide ongoing mentoring, training, and coaching to more junior Legal Counsel, Articling Law Students, Paralegals and Law Clerks
  • Possess organizational skills and flexibility to plan, initiate, organize and prioritize own work, to manage multiple projects, and to deal effectively with multiple demands, conflicting priorities, pressures and timelines
  • Able to consult with internal corporate clients and provide problem solving advice, opinion and guidance on legal matters
  • Able to undertake research, investigate/define issues, isolate key components of diverse issues, analyze/evaluate/interpret information, present findings and make recommendations
  • Possess articulate and persuasive communication skills and strong influencing/negotiating skills/abilities in order to handle the advisory, adversarial and administrative nature of the work
  • Able to describe legal concepts in readily understandable terms, and provide timely, constructive professional advice/information to all clients to assist in the decision-making process
  • Skilled in composing and writing pleadings, opinions, reports and summaries and other documents for assigned client group
  • Able to write contract language, memoranda, settlement documents, reports and proposals
  • Skilled in public speaking and in preparing/delivering presentations
  • Possess computer literacy in MS Office Suite and the ability to utilize specialized software and internet resources for legal research
  • Able to maintain and secure detailed documentation, records and files

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