About The Law Society of British Columbia
- Join a team where you can enjoy work-life balance and do meaningful work
- Receive $99,895-$108,581 annual salary plus full benefits
- Join an organization where you can experience career growth
The Law Society ensures the public is well served by legal professionals who are honourable and competent.
We regulate the legal profession in BC, protecting the public interest in the administration of justice, by setting and enforcing standards of professional conduct for lawyers. We also bring a voice to issues affecting the justice system and the delivery of legal services.
To read more about us, our mission, various initiatives, and resources, please visit our website.
About the Opportunity
Currently, the Law Society is seeking a candidate to become an Auditor to join our team. This is a hybrid work position, however, the successful candidate must reside in the Lower Mainland and be able to travel in BC.
Reporting to your team lead, you are responsible for conducting Compliance Audits in accordance with the Law Society's regulations. Your main responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Conducting Compliance Audits to assess lawyers’ compliance with the trust accounting rules and to identify potential misconduct issues or misuse of the trust account related to financial matters
- Reviewing law firm records for non-compliance with the Legal Profession Act, Law Society Rules, and the BC Code and for potential fraud and money laundering
- Providing feedback to lawyers regarding areas of compliance and non-compliance with the rules, including recommendations as to what steps should be taken to remedy any deficiencies
- Providing recommendations to lawyers on how to remedy any deficiencies identified during the audit
- Drafting detailed memos to refer serious audit findings to the Professional Conduct department and by providing oral evidence supporting the referral, when required
- Reviewing annual Trust Report submissions and using professional judgment to determine if the firm’s level of compliance with the Division 7 Rules is acceptable
- Composing letters to lawyers and reviewing correspondence from lawyers regarding Trust Reports, trust shortages, cash breaches, storage modification requests, rule violations, and other matters
- Responding to inquiries from lawyers and law firm staff regarding trust accounting, the trust administration fee, and Part 3, Division 7, and Division 8 Rule interpretations
- Participating in the review and refinement of the Trust Assurance Program, including the continued development and refinement of audit procedures and reference materials such as the Trust Accounting Handbook
- Conducting new firm visits, discussing the firm’s procedures in handling trust funds, and providing feedback on how to remedy any deficiencies
- Such other duties as the Deputy Director of Trust Assurance may require
To qualify, you will need at least 5+ years of experience in auditing in public practice and/or accounting for law firms. It is essential that you have a high level of professional judgment, excellent written and communication skills, and an outstanding ability to convey a message.
Skills, experience, and background in the following are required:
- Chartered Professional Accountant designation with CPABC
- Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist designation with ACAMS, or the willingness to acquire it
- Ability to identify potential compliance concerns and investigative skills
- Ability to educate lawyers on the rules and regulations related to compliance
Additional designations such as CFE or CIA are desirable, but not required.
As travel is required, the successful candidate must have access to a reliable vehicle and a valid BC driver’s licence.
Please note: For the safety and well-being of our employees and law firm staff, we require proof of COVID-19 vaccination before commencing employment. Accommodations will be made for those exempt from the COVID-19 vaccination, based on grounds protected by relevant human rights law.
About the Benefits
As recognition for all your hard work and determination, you can look forward to $99,895-$108,581 annual salary evaluated on skills and experience, plus the following:
- Opportunity to work in a hybrid work model
- Extended health benefits, including vision, prescription, and dental coverage
- Insurance coverage including accidental death and dismemberment, life, and short and long-term disability
- 4 weeks' vacation to start
- The Law Society health spending account
- RRSP matching
- Join an organization that promotes a healthy life-work balance and a respectful workplace
- Team and organization social events such as monthly socials, celebrating birthday and service milestones, and annual events including the annual winter party and recognition lunch
If you share our values and have the skills necessary to bring success to the role, then we invite you to apply today!