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Law Clerk – Financial Services

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The Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), a leading, innovative and client-focused law firm in Canada, is seeking a Law Clerk – Financial Services.

BLG’s Ottawa Financial Services team is looking for a resourceful and dynamic individual with a growth mindset that can help solve for today while building for the future.

Purpose of the Role

You have the knowledge; now experience the momentum with BLG. BLG Ottawa is seeking a Law Clerk with 2-3 years of experience in the legal field to join its Financial Services Group. You will be a key member of the legal team working with the lawyers and legal support staff to provide the highest level of client service while having the opportunity to cultivate your skills as part of a dynamic and successful national team.

The work that you will do here is exciting and challenging; therefore, collaboration, teamwork and unwavering commitment to excellence are the order of the day, every day. This is the firm where your passion, innovation, and drive for excellence can shine through.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of this role are:

  • Support the Firm's financial services lawyers:
    • Prepare documents related to financing, such as security documents, priority agreements, opinions, resolutions, certificates, etc.
    • Coordinate searches (including personal property security, Bank Act, insolvency and litigation searches and analyze search results including preparing search report summaries).
    • Prepare and register security in various registers, such as the Personal Property Security Register.
  • Manage effectively and efficiently financings and/or projects under time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Display effective analytical skills to conduct due diligence searches regionally and nationally.
  • Support lawyers as a resource throughout the life cycle of a financial transaction.
  • Display the essential attributes of professional behaviours, accountability and a positive can-do attitude.

Key Competencies

The key competencies of this role are:

  • Minimum 2-3 years experience in a financial services/commercial real estate with a focus on financing
  • Display strong writing skills with drafting financing, security and related agreements
  • Law Clerk Diploma or equivalent
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent ability to take direction and work independently
  • Highly organized with time management skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook, Closing Folders, OneSpan and Adobe
  • A team player with a strong work ethic and a desire for continuous improvement

How to Apply

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

Everyone at BLG is required to carry out the duties of their role while upholding the important principles of our respectful workplace policies, and treating everyone with respect, regardless of position. At BLG, valuing diversity and inclusion is key to a respectful workplace.

At BLG only those BLG members who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by Health Canada will be permitted to attend a BLG office or event. “Fully vaccinated” means having received the full series (usually 2 doses) of a vaccine approved by Health Canada, with more than 14 days having passed since the second dose was administered. “Attending a BLG office” includes attending social or business gatherings organized by the Firm, with limits on the number of attendees in accordance with public health guidelines. With respect to client meetings, only fully vaccinated members of the Firm can meet in person with clients (others can attend virtually), unless prior authorization has been obtained from BLG and the client. For any BLG member who is not fully vaccinated, and if the Firm requires your attendance in the office to perform your role, you must take a rapid antigen test conducted within the 24 hours prior to your coming to the office, and you must show proof of a negative test result. A new test is required for each day you are physically in the office. Accommodations will be made for valid medical and religious reasons.

BLG is committed to building and fostering a workplace that is reflective of our communities, where all firm members feel included, valued, and heard. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates but acknowledge the systemic and structural barriers that have, historically, marginalized and barred certain groups from accessing employment opportunities. As part of our commitment to removing barriers to employment, we strongly encourage applications from members of these historically marginalized groups including, but not limited to, Indigenous peoples, racialized individuals, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and women. Accommodations are available, upon request, in all aspects of the recruitment process.

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