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Legal Counsel, Real Estate Law

Employer
City of Mississauga
Location
Civic Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
Salary
Hourly Rate/Salary: $71.77 to $95.69 (based on Grade I $ 128,062 - $ 170,749)
Closing date
Apr 18, 2024

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Role
Other
Industry
Legal
Contract Type
Contract
Job Summary

This role with the City of Mississauga calls for a confident commercial real estate lawyer with experience in real estate transactional work, leasing and expropriations.
The City of Mississauga’s Legal Services Division is a full-service law department that handles a wide variety of interesting and rewarding files that directly impact the way people live, work and play in Mississauga. Legal Counsel are supported in their work by experienced and skilled law clerks, legal assistants and articling students and have access to the technology and software they need to do their work efficiently and easily. This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled lawyer to practice with the support of a collegial and collaborative team.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Interim Manager, Real Estate Law, the successful candidate will:
• Provide strategic and legal advice to City Council, Senior Leadership and City staff on a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions, including easements, leases and expropriation law matters;
• Take carriage of files involving all aspects of commercial real estate agreements, including Agreements of Purchase & Sale, Commercial Leases, License Agreements, Easements, Encroachment Agreements and Joint Use Agreements;
• Provide legal advice and guidance to staff in the City’s Realty Services Section;
• Conduct advanced legal research including issues related to the Land Titles Act, the Commercial Tenancies Act and be familiar with Teraview registration software;
• Conduct complex title searches and providing written opinions thereon;
• Draft reports, legal opinions, by-laws and resolutions in a timely manner;
• Anticipate and address legal issues to protect the interests of the City and reduce exposure to legal risks;
• Advise staff regarding legislation, regulatory requirements and developments in case law impacting City operations;
• Provide practical and legally defensible solutions to problems and support staff in achieving the City’s strategic goals and priorities;
• Retain and instruct external lawyers and consultants, as required, and review their accounts for compliance with billing guidelines;
• Provide functional direction to law clerks, legal assistants and articling students working within the Real Estate Law Group; and
• Conduct staff training on commercial real estate law issues, as needed
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

• A member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario, with a university degree in law (LLB or JD) and an L1 Licence to practice law in Ontario;
• Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in commercial real estate law, with experience in leasing and expropriations being an asset;
• The ability to clearly and persuasively communicate complex information to a variety of audiences, including members of Council, external stakeholders, and City staff at all levels;
• Excellent writing skills and the ability to draft legally defensible agreements, clear and concise reports, and persuasive legal opinions;
• Sound judgment and effective negotiating skills;
• Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others;
• Strong legal research skills and facility using digital and online reference materials and tools;
• Strong organization and time-management skills and the proven ability to meet deadlines and prioritize work; and
• Willingness and ability to practice law using paperless files, with the assistance of legal document management and case management software.

Hourly Rate/Salary:$71.77 to $95.69 (based on Grade I $ 128,062 - $ 170,749)
Hours of Work:35
Work Location:Civic Centre
Organization Unit:CMO/Real Estate Law
Department/Division/Section:CMO/City Manager's Office,CMO/Legal Services,Planning, Development, & Real Estate
Non-Union/Union: Non Union

A Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (Level 2) or Vulnerable Sector Check (Level 3) will be required of the successful candidate, at their own expense, to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has notbeen granted.

We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. You can alsocheck your application status in your candidate profile online.

All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The City of Mississauga is committed to creating a respectful and supportive workplace that fosters a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion which broadly reflects the communities and residents we serve. Throughout the employee life cycle, the City is working to include an EDI lens to attract, retain and support the growth of diverse talent.

Learn more about the City’s commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion .

Accommodations
The City of Mississauga is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to removing barriers in our selection process for people with visible and invisible disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Mississauga will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.

If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of anyaccommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.

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