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BC Public Service

LG CNSL 2/3 - Legal Counsel

Victoria, BC
Full Time
3 days ago
Posting Title
LG CNSL 2/3 - Legal Counsel

Position Classification
Legal Counsel Level 3


Work Options

Victoria, BC V9B 6X2 CA (Primary)

Salary Range
Salary for LG CNSL 2: $141,907.01 - $184,034.71 annually Salary for LG CNSL 3: $189,505.37 - $217,618.68 annually

Close Date

Job Type
Regular Full Time

Temporary End Date

BC Public Service -> Attorney General

Ministry Branch / Division
Legal Services Branch / NATRIL Group, Indigenous Legal Relations, Barrister Unit

Job Summary

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The Natural Resources, Transportation and Indigenous Legal Group, Indigenous Relation Relations, Barrister Unit, is recruiting up to five barristers - specifically, Legal Counsel 2 (six to 11 years of call), or Legal Counsel 3 (12 years of call or more) for up to four regular, full time positions, and one 12-month auxiliary or temporary appointment.

Indigenous legal issues can affect almost all aspects of Crown conduct, and British Columbia is at the forefront of these issues in terms of Court decisions, policy development and the reconciliation of Aboriginal and Crown titles and jurisdiction. Aboriginal law in Canada has developed at a considerable pace since the enactment of the Constitution Act, 1982 and its inclusion of section 35, which constitutionally recognizes and affirms the existing Aboriginal and treaty rights of Indigenous peoples of Canada. For more than 20 years within Legal Services Branch, there has been a dedicated group of lawyers providing clients with trusted, thoughtful advice and representation in this highly specialized and critical legal area. This is a great opportunity to be part of an exciting and challenging area of law that continues to evolve rapidly.

The ability of the successful candidate to work independently and as part of litigation teams conducting Aboriginal rights and title trials, judicial reviews, tribunal hearings, and appeals at all Court levels is essential. The successful candidate will be responsible for appearing (independently, or as co-counsel) on behalf of the Provincial government or statutory decision-makers at all levels of Court and before administrative tribunals on Aboriginal law issues. Conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, applications, legal arguments and factums is expected, as well as the ability to manage large volumes of documents. There will also be the expectation to develop an expertise in Aboriginal law, to keep current and identify trends in the law and innovative responses to new and evolving claims against the Crown. Briefing or reporting to clients on file developments will also be required.

The successful candidate must have current knowledge of Canadian law in relation to Aboriginal rights and title issues, or current knowledge of constitutional and/or administrative law, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, the Draft Principles that guide the Province of British Columbia's Relationship with Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action. In addition, the successful candidate must have excellent organizational skills, and the ability to manage files with competing priorities and deadlines, strong written and oral communication skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively are essential. Travel will be required.

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 supports the Ministry in fulfilling this mandate by serving as legal advisor to government in civil law matters. Legal Services Branch provides legal advice to government and ensures that legal risks associated with government operations are reduced. Legal Services Branch's clients include all Ministries of the government, Cabinet and certain public agencies.

The capital of British Columbia, Victoria , is a beautiful city with stunning beaches and harbours, and a variety of Provincial parks to explore. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria offers a bustling downtown scene and has a wide range of restaurants and entertainment venues to choose from.

  • Eligibility for Membership in the Law Society of British Columbia
  • Level dependent on years of call (six to 11 years of call for Legal Counsel 2, and 12 years of call or more for Legal Counsel 3)
  • Significant and current civil litigation experience, including the conduct of actions, petitions and applications
    (Significant and current civil litigation experience is defined as the experience normally associated with a lawyer whose primary position and role throughout the four years preceding their application has been as litigation counsel and who have led the conduct of litigation or have been an active member of a litigation team)

Preference may be given to:
  • Applicants with current experience in Canadian law with respect to Aboriginal rights and title issues
  • Applicants with current experience in Canadian constitutional and/or administrative law
  • Applicants with experience in conducting and managing complex civil litigation

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • The ability to work well within the context of government policies and procedures.
  • The ability to work efficiently and effectively under time pressures and shifting priorities.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

For questions regarding this position, please contact

About this Position:
Amendment February 20, 2024: Posting closing date extended to March 20, 2024
We currently have up to four permanent positions, and one 12-month temporary appointment.
An eligibility list may be established to fill future temporary and permanent vacancies.
The successful applicant will be required to join the Professional Employees Association. Details about the terms and conditions of employment is available at Collective agreements - Province of British Columbia ( . When a collective agreement is negotiated between the PEA and the Province of British Columbia to include government legal counsel, terms and conditions in that collective agreement will be binding.
Employees of the BC Public Service must be located in BC at the time of employment.

Working for the BC Public Service:
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.

The Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service is available to applicants that self-identify as Indigenous (First Nations, status or non-status, Métis, or Inuit) seeking work or already employed in the BC Public Service. For guidance on applying and interviewing, please contact or 778-405-3452.

The BC Public Service is an award-winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, flexible working arrangements, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer .

How to Apply:
Your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the job requirements listed above.

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. Please indicate your year of call in your cover letter and outline how you meet the education and experience criteria.

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 need to complete a basic questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements.

Helpful tips, videos and more regarding the application process can be found on the Your Job Application page of MyHR. If you are experiencing technical difficulty applying, e-mail , before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Additional Information:
A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.

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 at the bottom of the posting.

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

Job Category
Court and Judicial Services