LG CNSL 1 - Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel Level 1

Salary level will be based upon Year of Call to the Bar

This position is located in Vancouver.
This position is excluded from Union membership.
An eligibility list may be established.

Provide labour law advice and representation to the Province

Applications are invited from qualified candidates to fill a junior labour law position with the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Law Group, Legal Services Branch.  Duties of the position include primarily representing the Province in grievance arbitrations, as well as providing legal advice in respect of the Province’s collective agreements.

The Attorney General is the legal advisor to the government of British Columbia and is charged with ensuring that the administration of public affairs is carried out in accordance with the law. The Ministry of Attorney General is structured to carry out this mandate under the direction of the Attorney General, and Legal Services Branch (LSB) supports the Ministry in fulfilling this mandate by serving as legal advisor to government in civil law matters. LSB provides legal advice to government and ensures that legal risks associated with government operations are reduced. LSB’s clients include all ministries of the government, Cabinet and certain public agencies.

The Labour, Employment and Human Rights Group (LEHR) is seeking expressions of interest for one full-time, permanent position to provide advice and appear, where necessary, in court and before administrative tribunals representing the Crown and is expected to negotiate and recommend settlements where appropriate. As well, legal counsel may be required to consult on the formulation, implementation and interpretation of legislation and be responsible for the interpretation of the common law and the preparation and drafting of a whole range of legal documents and process including on matters related to employment and human rights.

The successful candidate will also have excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and will be proficient in legal research.  An ability to work well independently and as part of a team is required. 

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact Alexandra.Henley@gov.bc.ca. DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS.  For more information about how to create or update your profile and how to submit your application, please refer to the Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to BCPSA.Hiring.Centre@gov.bc.ca., before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.                               

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until 11:00 pm Pacific Time on the closing date of the competition.

Job Requirements:
In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below: 

  • Must be a member of the Law Society of British Columbia in good standing OR immediately eligible for call to the Bar.
  • Three to five years’ experience, with a minimum of three years of recent practice in labour law including advocacy experience in grievance arbitration.
  • Legal Counsel Level 1:  Five years or less of call.

Preference may be given to applicants with the following:

  • Experience in employment law and human rights law would be preferred.
  • Advocacy experience before tribunals or the courts in addition to grievance arbitration is preferred.


  • Travel is a requirement for this position 

IMPORTANT:  Where there is a difference between the qualifications reflected in the posting and the job profile/description, those stated on the job posting will be used for shortlisting.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting. 
The duties of this position meet the requirements of a Criminal Record Check; this check must be completed with a satisfactory outcome at time of offer.


Cover Letter: YES - A cover letter is required as part of your application. The content and/or format of your cover letter may be evaluated as part of the assessment process.

Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying.

Questionnaire: YES - You will be required to answer a standard questionnaire.




Job Category
Court and Judicial Services
Additional Information

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