Legal Counsel

Position Details

  • Title
    Legal Counsel
  • Competition number
    19-63 ext
  • Number of positions available
  • Type of Position
    Temporary Full Time
  • Date Published
    April 9, 2019 08:00 AM
  • Closing Date
    April 22, 2019 11:59 PM

Position Description

The Position:

Reporting to the Senior Counsel, the Legal Counsel will provide legal advice and representation to the Society and its staff on matters pertaining to its child welfare mandate and activities, and related matters.


In this capacity, the Legal Counsel’s responsibilities will include:

  • Provide legal advice to agency staff on the interpretation and application of legislation pertaining to child welfare, family law, and related or ancillary matters.
  • Prepare cases for presentation in court by co-ordinating the gathering of all information and evidence, drafting pleadings, preparing affidavits, briefs and other documents for filing with the court, and preparing witnesses. 
  • Negotiate settlements and promote alternative dispute resolution.
  • Present cases in the court on behalf of the agency, from first appearance through contested motions, conferences, to trial, and/or the negotiation of settlements.
  • Represent the Society in appeals brought by others and by the Society from orders under the CYFSA, at all levels of court, as required.
  • Represent the Society on applications for disclosure of Society records in criminal or other civil proceedings, in expunction hearings under the Child Abuse Register, and in hearings before the Child and Family Services Review Board.
  • Provide information, advice and counsel to Society workers on case preparation, required evidence and court procedures.
  • Participate in the presentation of training programs on legal matters and procedures for agency staff, foster parents and others, including the preparation and delivery of speeches and/or presentations to various groups in the community interested in child welfare law.
  • Document all legal advice and case activities in accordance with established procedures, including reporting to client in a timely fashion.



  • Bachelor of Laws degreefrom a university of recognized standing.
  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act and Regulations, the Family Law Rules, the law of evidence.
  • Knowledge of case preparation, presentation and litigation techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide sound legal advice and representation in complex matters with minimal guidance and supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize work.
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work as a team member.



  • Experience representing any Children's Aid Society, children or parents in child protection proceedings.


Salary:          Commensurate with training and/or experience.In this capacity, the Manager’s responsibilities will include:


Position Available:            Immediately