Law Clerk – Insurance Defence AB & Tort | Ottawa ON

Law Clerk - Insurance Defence AB & Tort | Ottawa ON

In this position, the Litigation Law Clerk will be an integral member of the team working closely with lawyers and other members of the team to provide the highest level of client service, while having the opportunity to develop their skills as part of a dynamic and successful national team.

The ideal candidate must be a team player, have a strong work ethic, a desire for continuous growth and thrive when working in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate will also have extensive experience working in insurance defence including, but not limited to, accident benefits matters.

Summary of Responsibilities:

  • File management from inception to conclusion;
  • Preparing client reports at regular intervals and engaging in direct client communications relating to ongoing matters;
  • Identifying, requesting and monitoring lists of required productions and information from both the client and opposing counsel;
  • Preparing electronic document briefs, charts, chronologies and summaries of documentary evidence for use on discovery, mediation, pre-trial and arbitration/trial;
  • Analysis of client documents and drafting of the Affidavit of Documents, including identification of Schedule “A”, “B”, “C” & “D” (where applicable) productions;
  • Reviewing and summarizing discovery transcripts; managing undertakings and refusals; preparing discovery reports to clients;
  • Drafting Statements of Issue and compiling Mediation Briefs;
  • Drafting and compiling motion materials, books of authorities and other Court materials;
  • Identifying appropriate expert witnesses; liaising with and retaining expert witnesses;
  • Instructing surveillance investigators, analysis and summary of their reports;
  • Trial/Arbitration preparation, including preparation of required notices and summons to witness;
  • Maintaining a bring-forward system to: ensure team members have everything required for scheduled meetings, discoveries, mediations, arbitration hearings or Court appearances; and
  • Cooperating within the team to assist with overflow, urgent deadlines and back-up coverage.

Core Skills & Experience:

  • Community College Law Clerk Diploma, Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario Certificate (or equivalent), and/or Licenced Paralegal Degree
  • Relevant experience in a similar role with knowledge of litigation legal procedures and statutes including familiarity with the Rules for various courts
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of document management software including, but not limited to, Primafact
  • Professional demeanor and strong organizational, investigative, fact-finding, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong critical analysis and writing skills
  • Good judgment and initiative, with a demonstrated ability to pay close attention to detail
  • A team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills for liaising with clients, lawyers and colleagues
  • Ability to work independently and follow instructions with minimal supervision and take initiative as required
    Ability to handle pressure and to remain calm in working within time constraints
    Availability to work extended hours when necessary

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