Commercial Litigation Law Clerk

Reference # CLLC_-_02-22-19
Open Date February 22, 2019
Close Date March 22, 2019
Location Ottawa

BLG’s Ottawa Office is looking for a motivated and resourceful Law Clerk to join its Commercial Litigation Group.

The Commercial Litigation Law Clerk will be an integral member of the Commercial Litigation Group working closely with lawyers and other members of team to provide the highest level of client service, while having the opportunity to develop their skills as part of a dynamic and successful national team.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the desire and ability to identify problems and gaps, develop and design creative solutions and will have experience working in a Commercial Litigation environment as a Law Clerk at an intermediate to senior level.

The key responsibilities of these roles include, but are not limited to:

  • File management from inception to conclusion
  • Drafting originating applications, Statements of Defence and other pleadings, interlocutory proceedings and motion materials
  • Identifying, requesting and monitoring lists of required productions and information from both the client and opposing counsel
  • Preparing electronic document briefs, charts, chronologies and summaries of documentary evidence for use on discovery, mediation, pre-trial and arbitration/trial
  • Analysis of client documents and preliminary drafting of the Affidavit of Documents, including identification of Schedule “A”, “B”, “C” & “D” (where applicable) productions
  • Reviewing and summarizing transcripts of examinations; managing undertakings and refusals
  • Compiling books of authorities and other briefs
  • Preparing mediation and pre‑trial briefs
  • Preparing documentation required for appeals including books of authorities, compendium materials, and assisting with preparation of facta
  • Arranging and participating in meetings with experts
  • Compiling statistics and information, and performing research tasks
  • Hearing and trial preparation
  • Maintaining a bring-forward system to: ensure team members have everything required for scheduled meetings, discoveries, mediations, arbitration hearings or Court appearances; and,
  • Cooperating within the team to assist with overflow, urgent deadlines and back-up coverage.

The key competencies required are:

  • Minimum 5+ years commercial litigation law clerk experience
  • Knowledge of Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Court Rules and statutes
  • Knowledge of Supreme Court of Canada agency work an asset
  • Community College Law Clerk Diploma or Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Eligible for membership as an Associate Member of the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Knowledge of Relativity software an asset
  • Professional demeanor and strong organizational, investigative, fact‑finding, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to process a high volume of documentation with excellent attention to detail
  • A team player attitude with excellent communication and interpersonal skills for liaising with clients, lawyers, investigators, experts, and staff.
  • strong organizational, investigative, fact finding and problem‑solving skills
  • ability to work efficiently and independently, and to prioritize assignments
  • Availability to work extended hours when necessary

BLG is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from diverse candidates. Applicants with disabilities may notify us of any accommodations needed to support your participation in the recruitment processes.

If you are interested in joining our law firm, please send your cover letter, résumé, and list of references by March 22, 2019, in confidence to:

Danielle Laflamme
Manager, Professional Recruiting
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

BLG is an integrated national law firm that provides a broad range of legal services, with more than 700 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals working in five major Canadian cities.

BLG is committed to helping our professionals reach the next level in their careers. Our comprehensive approach to professional development has received widespread recognition.

Everyone at BLG is required to carry out the duties of their role while upholding the important principles of our Respectful Workplace Policy, and treating everyone with respect, regardless of position.

* Please note that relatives of current BLG employees and Partners are not eligible for consideration.

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