Legal Counsel 2/3

An exciting opportunity to practice constitutional and administrative law! 

We are looking for an experienced barrister to practice in the Legal Services Branch in the area of constitutional and administrative law. The mission of the Legal Services Branch is to provide excellent, innovative, timely, practical and cost effective legal and legislative services to the government of British Columbia. This position represents an exciting and rewarding opportunity for a lawyer to work in a dynamic environment at the forefront of the most interesting and compelling legal issues of our time.

The lawyers in the Constitutional and Administrative Law Group are responsible for appearing on behalf of the provincial government at all levels of court and before administrative tribunals on constitutional and administrative law issues.  They also appear on judicial reviews of statutory decision makers on a wide range of topics, including driving prohibitions, liquor licensing, health and environmental matters, and family law related issues.

With respect to constitutional matters, lawyers in this Group appear in court and before administrative tribunals in response to notices of constitutional question in a variety of contexts including Charter applications, and constitutional challenges to legislation or state action.

The successful applicant will have the skills and experience necessary to act as lead counsel in civil actions and administrative proceedings including constitutional challenges, judicial review and statutory appeal hearings, all aspects of trial practice, and other matters. As this role requires counsel to appear before all levels of court and certain administrative tribunals on a variety of files and subject areas, demonstrated experience as a barrister is required, preferably in matters before the B.C. Supreme Court. The successful applicant will have a proven ability to mentor and assist in the development of all members of a legal team, including support staff and paralegals, while fostering a strong team environment.  The successful applicant will also exemplify a high level of legal abilities, professionalism and ethics in their practice.

This role is based in Vancouver, however the successful applicant will be expected to work effectively as part of a team of barristers in both Vancouver and Victoria.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile.  For specific position related enquiries, please contact  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, 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 BC Bar.
  • Must be called to the bar for a minimum of ten years. (10 or 11 years of call is Legal Counsel Level 2; 12 or more years of call is Legal Counsel Level 3)

In addition the successful candidate must have:

  • Significant experience acting as legal counsel independently and in a lead role in court or before administrative tribunals on administrative and / or constitutional matters.
  • Civil litigation skills, including extensive experience navigating all aspects of complex legal proceedings, such as conducting examinations for discovery, examining witnesses, arguing applications and conducting trials and petition hearings. An in-depth knowledge of the BC Supreme Court Civil Rules is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring lawyers, paralegals, support staff and articling students.
  • Strong analytical abilities and legal judgment, including the ability to communicate complex issues to clients in a timely way.
  • Strong oral and written advocacy skills, including drafting pleadings, factums, and written submissions.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities while handling a significant volume of files.
  • The ability to work effectively both individually and as part of a team.
  • The ability and willingness to travel (occasionally on short notice).
  • Preference may be given to candidates with a demonstrated track record of success as a barrister. Knowledge of government policy and operations is also an asset, but not required.


Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities as outlined above.

* IMPORTANT:  Where there is a difference between the qualifications reflected in the posting and the Job Profile, those stated on the job posting will be used for screening and/or assessment purposes



Cover letter required: 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.

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

Resume required: 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.



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