Discipline Counsel, Litigation Services, Professional Regulation

August 3 2021
Industries Legal
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Litigation
Toronto, ON


Discipline Counsel represent the Law Society in various regulatory proceedings, appearing before the Law Society Tribunal and in the courts.


  • Must be in good standing as the holder of an L1 licence issued by the Law Society of Ontario.*
  • A minimum of 7 years' litigation experience with excellent advocacy and negotiation skills, and sound judgment. Experience gained in a professional regulation context would be advantageous.
  • The incumbent may be required to travel locally to attend meetings at licensee’s offices and occasional travel within the province to interview witnesses or attend hearings outside of Toronto.
  • Understanding of the Law Society’s mandate, services, legislation and policies.
  • Extensive knowledge of investigation and prosecutorial practices.
  • In-depth knowledge of the rules of evidence, the rules of procedure, and the law concerning privilege and documentary disclosure.
  • Superior litigation skills.
  • Superior legal research skills, including internet research.
  • Ability to analyze and digest complex spoken and written information.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively in both spoken and written language in individual and group settings.
  • Computer literacy, including familiarity with word processing programs, spreadsheets, and Portable Document Format (PDF) related software.
  • Understanding of the application of information technology preferably in a regulatory / legal environment

*By submitting your application for employment, you agree to a clearance check of your regulatory history with the Law Society, and to the use of this information in assessing suitability for employment at the Law Society.

Client / Customer Service Delivery

  • Prepares for hearings, including developing case strategy, assessing evidence, preparing witnesses, drafting documents, negotiating to narrow issues of fact and law, attending prehearings and researching law as necessary.
  • Represents the Law Society in hearings, appeals, and judicial reviews.
  • Communicates with Law Society staff and complainants regarding the process and disposition of cases. Provides advice on investigation files as directed.

Policy Development

  • As directed by Practice Lead, or Assistant Manager, Litigation Services, initiates, researches, and recommends appropriate policy changes related to the improvement of the Regulatory process.
  • Participates on Bencher committees and working groups as requested.

Performance Goals, Targets and Standards

  • Contributes to and participates in the development of standardized practices, guidelines and procedures for the prosecution of discipline files.
  • Conducts caseload as directed by Practice Lead and Assistant Manager, Litigation Services, ensuring compliance with caseload priorities and time lines, strategy and conduct of prosecutions.
  • Works with other members of the Litigation Services department to establish, monitor and continuously improve processes and case management performance.

Team Membership

  • Promotes the sharing and transfer of knowledge, applicable standards and information amongst members of the Litigation Services and Professional Regulation Division.
  • As directed, works with and shares expertise with other regulatory bodies, and other legal organizations.

The Law Society of Ontario values and respects diversity. We are committed to creating an accessible, barrier-free and inclusive workplace in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Please make any requirement you may have for accommodation during the recruitment process known when contacted. If you are unable to apply to this position due to the requirement for an accommodation of any kind, please email us at recruitment@lso.ca or call 416 947-3475.

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