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Solicitor 2-3

Date: Nov 4, 2020

Location: HALIFAX, NS, CA, B3J 3L6

Company: The Government of Nova Scotia



Competition # : 27744 

Department: Justice

Location: HALIFAX

Type of Employment: Permanent

Union Status: Legal - NSPG 

Closing Date: 11/27/2020

About Us


The Legal Services Division is the government's law firm, providing a full range of legal advice and services to support government operations and help government achieve its corporate priorities.  With a staff of more than 150 lawyers, paralegals, researchers and administrative professionals, the Division is one of the largest law offices in the Province.


We are skilled in administrative law, negotiation and drafting of agreements, commercial transactions, corporate governance, property transactions, the development of legislation and regulations to implement the public policy goals of government, support in employment and labour matters, and day to day advice on routine legal matters.


We represent government in all legal proceedings, except prosecutions. This includes formal litigation on behalf of the Crown before all levels of courts in the Province, the Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. Typical cases brought before these courts include judicial review applications, statutory appeals, contractual disputes, constitutional issues, class actions, child and adult protection proceedings, and other claims made by or against government.


We also represent government before administrative bodies and tribunals, and in arbitrations and mediations. We assist government departments and agencies navigate the procedural and substantive aspects of these proceedings and help them resolve disputes.


As well we are home to the Registry of Regulations, which is responsible for filing, consolidating and publishing Nova Scotia regulations.


For more information on the Department of Justice Legal Services please visit our website:


About Our Opportunity


We are recruiting for a lawyer for one of our Solicitor Services teams. The solicitor is responsible for providing effective and efficient legal counsel to the Government of Nova Scotia and its agencies, and to ensure that public affairs are administered in accordance with the law. 


In this role, you will provide legal advice and opinions on matters of law and legal policy to senior government officials.  You will conduct research, prepare and review legal documents, and draft and interpret legislation and regulations. You will adapt your client assignment and assist team members, as needed, to meet evolving client priorities.

About You


As our successful candidate you will:

  • Be a practicing member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (or eligible for practicing membership)
  • Have a minimum of 5 years of law practice experience
  • Have practice experience in aboriginal law, including experience in relation to aboriginal and treaty rights, duty to consult and accommodation, the Constitution Act and the Indian Act
  • Have practice experience in administrative law


Your experience advising government departments or agencies would be considered an asset in this role, as would practice experience in one or more of the following areas of law:

  • Constitutional
  • Regulatory
  • Crown
  • Contract
  • Negotiations
  • Interpreting and applying legislation and regulations


As our successful candidate, you will possess excellent research, analytical and organizational skills.  You will communicate effectively and persuasively, orally and in writing, and function with a minimum of supervision in a team environment.  You have demonstrated abilities to respond to client needs for quality legal services, to anticipate problems and to work effectively with your clients toward resolutions.  You are effective in demanding circumstances, you offer creative and innovative solutions to complex challenges, and adapt and thrive in a continuously changing and demanding environment. You are willing and eager to adapt your client assignment and assist team members, as needed, to meet evolving client priorities.


We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: oral/written presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

Additional Information


This is a reposting of competition 26123.  Those that have previously applied need not re-apply.



Pay Grade:  MCL 24 

Salary Range:  $3,303.80 - $5,523.17 Bi-Weekly   


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


Current government employees may access this posting through the link below:



Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to



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