The Counsel, Practice Review (Lawyer Practice), independently or as a member of a review team, renders an opinion on professional competence following the conduct of an examination of a Lawyer’s practice with respect to practice management systems, attention to the interests of client, physical elements of the office, books, records, files, and legal knowledge, and any other factor related to the professional competence as expressed in the Law Society Act, By-laws, and Rules of Professional Conduct (the “Rules”).
- An LL.B, J.D. or equivalent education and training, coupled with being a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
- 5 to 7 years private practice experience, either in small or large firms, with a focus on real estate.
- In depth understanding of the Law Society’s mandate, services, legislation and policies.
- Solid understanding of a variety of areas of law.
- Management experience in a law practice is an asset.
- Knowledge of current trends and developments in practice management and relevant areas of law.
- Broad understanding of the application of technology preferably in a regulatory/legal environment, in particular, reminder, bring/forward and docketing systems.
- Expressive and persuasive in both spoken and written language.
- Ability to reason through complex spoken and written information.
- Knowledgeable about legal concepts and their application, including strengths in issue identification, analytical skills, and application of expert knowledge.
- Strong risk management skills are an asset, as is a pragmatic approach to remediation of such risks.
- Expertise in practice management procedures and controls within different areas of practice.
- Familiarity with general and trust accounting record keeping practices.
- Ability to communicate clearly and accurately both orally and in writing.
- Extensive, and occasional overnight, travel throughout Ontario is required when conducting reviews.