Counsel

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Job Description

The role of Counsel combines the regular review of insurance and investment product contracts with the provision of legal analysis, advice, and counsel within Divisional Law and Group Benefits areas of responsibility (collectively, the "Business Unit" or "BU").  Specifically, the successful candidate will be expected to undertake ongoing reviews of BU insurance and investment product contracts to ensure compliance with provincial and federal laws, industry requirements and the company’s risk tolerance, balanced with alignment to the business objectives and client expectations.

 

The successful candidate will also provide legal support for other Divisional Law-served BU’s (e.g. Sponsorship and Philanthropy, Divisional Marketing, Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources, Procurement, Customer Experience, etc.).

 

From time to time, this role may also include involvement in other Divisional Law legal and compliance projects, as required.  Counsel works closely with other members of the Divisional Law and Insurance Law Teams and, depending on the assignment, will work either independently or under the supervision and oversight of the AVP & Senior Counsel, Divisional Law and/or AVP & Senior Counsel, Group Benefits.

 

Key Accountabilities:

 

Contract and Other Legal Work (Divisional Law)

  • Act as a key contact for the review of the content and accuracy of contract wording and handle a wide variety of operational legal matters, including day to day legal inquiries from all levels of the BU's organization regarding legal/contractual and regulatory documentation;
  • Review, draft, negotiate and amend business agreements and group policies as required by internal clients and/or sponsors (policy amendments and endorsements, letters of intent, services agreements, outsourcing arrangements, travel agreements, sponsorship and philanthropy agreements, marketing agreements, internal and external communications pieces, request for proposals, etc.) with their input and involvement,
  • Provide legal advice and direction in any BU related projects as may be assigned
  • Monitor proposed and existing legislation and other changes in the legal environment pertinent to the BU in order to ensure the currency of legal advice and to ensure that BU clients are aware of legal developments that affect their business operations
  • Review and revise Press Releases and Marketing Materials to ensure accuracy and consistency with contract terminology, business objectives, and legislative and regulatory rules/guidelines, as necessary;
  • Develop and manage web-based contract-tracking and reference documents databases (Passport system, legal precedents, "best in class" contractual wording, marketing materials, marketing materials checklists, etc.) for use by the Divisional Law legal department and other business stakeholders; maintain tip sheets, checklists, templates, legal reference materials, and other similar documentation.

 

Group Benefits Legal Work

  • Handle a wide variety of operational legal matters, including day to day legal inquiries from all levels of the BU's organization such as claims, investigations and compliance, as well as the review, drafting and (where applicable) negotiation of product contracts, services agreements, outsourcing arrangements, policy forms, plan amendments, and review marketing materials, internal and external communications pieces, etc.
  • Provide legal advice and direction in any BU related projects as may be assigned by the Chief Counsel for Group Benefits
  • Monitor proposed and existing legislation and other changes in the legal environment pertinent to the BU in order to ensure the currency of legal advice and to ensure that BU clients are aware of legal developments that affect their business operations

 

Records Keeping/ Document Management

  • Maintain records and files of policies, executed business agreements and other agreements, including adding said documents to the internal online databases and physical storage units;

 

Corporate Governance

  • Support as necessary in the governance of subsidiaries, including regulatory filings and license renewals, drafting minutes and resolutions, maintaining minute books, and scheduling board meeting;
  • Liase with government associations and regulators as necessary, including the AMF and Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association;

 

Job Requirements (Experience, Knowledge):

  • Law degree; member in good standing with Law Society of Upper Canada or other province of Canada
  • Minimum 4-5 years post-call experience in drafting and reviewing contracts (either within a private practice and/or an in-house role with Manulife or another financial services company)
  • Life/accident/health and sickness/travel insurance industry experience preferred but, not required
  • Investment fund experience and pension law experience preferred but, not required
  • Excellent analytical, interpretive and research skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proven negotiation and influence skills
  • Thorough knowledge of and the proven ability to apply the BU's relevant legal principles, practices and processes in a business environment and to make them meaningful and useful to clients
  • Thorough knowledge of legislation and regulation impacting the BU’s lines of business; ability to interpret complex compliance and legal concepts;
  • Able to build and maintain strong, trustworthy working relationships and to contribute to client satisfaction
  • Adaptability and flexibility both with respect to the nature of work and timelines
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team
  • Able to grasp new concepts and information quickly
  • Able to produce high quality work while under strict timelines
  • Proficiency in the use of technology relevant to Manulife's in-house legal practice
  • Understanding of inter-relationship between the legal and business functions of a company

 

 

 


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About Manulife 

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers' needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. At the end of 2016, we had $977 billion (US$728 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made almost $26 billion in payments to our customers.

 
 

Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.


 

Manulife is committed to supporting a culture of diversity and accessibility across the organization.   It is our priority to remove barriers to provide equal access to employment.  A Human Resources representative will consult with applicants contacted to participate at any stage of the recruitment process who request an accommodation. Information received regarding the accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.


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