Assistant General Counsel

Location: Montreal, Quebec

Employee Status: Permanent

Schedule: Full time

Education: Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws

Job Description

Fairstone is Canada’s leading non-bank provider of responsible lending solutions. With roots in Canada since 1923 and over 200 branches coast to coast, Fairstone provides personal loans and home equity loans designed to suit today’s borrowing needs. Fairstone also partners with a wide network of businesses to deliver flexible consumer financing programs. Fairstone is proud to make a difference in the communities where we live and work, because community matters.

Please visit our website: https://www.fairstonecanada.ca/home

Responsibilities include providing legal support to provincially regulated consumer lending business. 

Core Job Functions:    

▪Managing defensive litigation, including wrongful dismissal    

▪Providing legal support to human resources team on employment law matters

▪Advising the business on all aspects of federal and provincial consumer lending laws and regulations, particularly focusing on consumer protection legislation, credit bureau reporting, and privacy

▪Support the Marketing group, including with intellectual property and branding issues, content review, contests and new initiatives. 

▪Drafting and review of commercial contracts, including real estate leases for retail branch locations

▪Provide legal support to other functional areas (e.g., treasury, risk, corporate development)

▪Other duties as defined by management

Fairstone is an equal opportunity employer. Accordingly, we will make reasonable accommodations to respond to the needs of people with disabilities.  Individuals who view themselves as Aboriginals, members of visible minorities, and disabled are encouraged to apply in confidence.

Please send your resume to : careers.carrieres@fairstonecanada.ca
 

Job Qualifications

▪A Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws (LLB.) degree. Must be licensed to practice law in Canada and a lawyer in good standing with a provincial law society.

▪Mid-level lawyer with 8-10 years litigation or similar experience in law firm or corporate setting preferably in the areas of banking, corporate or consumer finance. The ideal candidate will have experience advising human resources teams.  Strong working knowledge and experience with federal and provincial consumer lending laws preferred but not required. 

▪Organizational skills are extremely important as lawyers maintain a large workload. Ability to analyze and evaluate statutes and regulations and to determine their impact to the business is also critical.

▪Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.  The ideal candidate would be fully bilingual (English and French).

▪Ability to work well with others in the department and in the business is essential.  Highly motivated, energetic and enthusiastic self starter.

 

 

▪Computer skills in MS Office, including e-mail, are required.

 

▪Mental/Visual stress e.g. dealing with legal issues that arise from the business and new statues. Eyestrain from extended use of computer.

▪A self-motivated, responsible lawyer is needed to be able to follow up on tasks. Must be able to recognize problems and consider all possible solutions. 

 

▪Accountable for workload assigned as well as other special projects assigned by General Counsel.