City Solicitor

City of Surrey

City Solicitor

As one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, City of Surrey is a globally recognized leader in building vibrant, sustainable communities through technology and innovation.  City of Surrey employees are talented innovators, inspired by meaningful work and the opportunity to drive our city - and their careers - forward.

Recognized as a BC Top Employer and one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People, the City of Surrey has created a culture that reflects a desire to work collaboratively with its Council, employees, and all Surrey citizens.

As the City Solicitor, you will lead the Legal Services team and provide legal services and advice on matters associated with the City. This exciting leadership role also serves as the City’s chief legal advisor and provides guidance to the City Council, the City Manager, senior management and staff on diverse legal, administrative and regulatory proceedings.

Reporting to the General Manager, Corporate Services, the City Solicitor will:
  • Prepare and review written and verbal legal opinions to the City Council, the City Manager, senior management and staff ]
  • Draft and revise municipal legislation, agreements, contracts and provision of corporate transactional oversight
  • Provide corporate governance oversight and legal and corporate secretarial services to Surrey City Development Corporation and Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society
  • Formulate and implement litigation strategies and corporate compliance
  • Represent the City in constitutional, municipal, administrative and commercial law cases before the courts and other tribunals
  • Manage complex Bylaw initiatives, overseeing enforcement dispute mediation and setting prosecution priorities
  • Provide support for various City tenders, RFP’s and other corporate, commercial, real property and construction agreements and correspondence
  • Review and drafts conveyances, covenants, leases and other legal documents related to real estate transactions, land acquisitions, easements, purchases and sales of real property
  • Participate in making recommendations to policies, procedures and practices
  • Ensure that all legal and administrative documents adhere to the standards required by law or by statute within the City
  • Lead recruitment, retention, professional development and succession planning for Legal Services within a unionized and excluded environment
  • Perform other job related duties.

Our ideal candidate shares our values of Community, Innovation, Integrity, Service and Teamwork, and can demonstrate the following qualifications:
  • An Undergraduate Degree and Post Graduate Degree in Law (J.D. or LLB)
  • A member in good standing with the Law Society of B.C.
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible related experience practicing law with a municipality or a firm providing legal services to local government
  • Strong understanding of the municipal law, including extensive knowledge of fundamental principles and practices related to local government legislation, municipal bylaws, policies and procedures
  • Experience in a management or supervisory role coupled with strong leadership skills
  • Knowledge of all legislation relevant to municipal government
  • Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence
  • Knowledge of City of Surrey Bylaws, policies and procedures
  • Ability to understand complex stakeholders and maintain positive relationships
  • Exemplary interpersonal, communication (both oral and written), and problem-solving skills.

Should you be interested in learning more about this leadership opportunity please contact Carol Robinson or Paul Phillips or forward your resume, a letter of introduction and the names and contact information for three referees, in confidence, to

We will respond to all who express interest.

Organization: City of Surrey
Location: Surrey, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Legal Services
Posted: July 17, 2018, 3:07 pm
Expires: August 31, 2018, 4:30 pm

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