Conflict Lawyer

at Gowling WLG Canada LLP (view profile)
Location Vancouver, Calgary, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, or Montreal, Canada
Date Posted February 20, 2019
Category Alt Legal
Job Type Part-Time



At Gowling WLG, our dedication to excellence and quality service begins with our people. As a global law firm with offices across Canada, the U.K., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we pride ourselves on sourcing and retaining top talent who bring energy, passion and commitment to the delivery of outstanding client service.

When it comes to diversity, we not only accept it — we celebrate it, support it and thrive on it. To create an engaging and rewarding place to work, we seek to attract talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. Our aim is to help everyone reach their full potential and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Employee satisfaction is important to us. We work hard to ensure that our people are motivated, engaged and empowered. Our diverse group of legal professionals, law students, law clerks/paralegals, legal administrative assistants and business support staff work together as a team, and are respected and valued for their individual contributions.


As a senior member of the global Conflicts Team, the Conflicts Lawyer will carry out and oversee the process of global firm conflict checks and analysis necessary to approve new clients and matters; generally involving conflicts and confidentiality issues. This position will assist the Counsel, Conflicts and Regulatory Matters in supervising the other members of the Client and Matter Acceptance Team (CAMAT).

This position will also support our General Counsel and our Conflicts Partner, on a variety of other conflicts and risk management issues.

This position can be based in any of the following Gowling WLG offices:   Vancouver, Calgary, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.


  • Analyzing and evaluating global conflicts search results, working with our global offices’ conflicts teams, reporting findings to the requesting professional, and identifying resolutions for potentially complex legal, ethical, and business conflict of interest issues.
  • Assessing and responding to conflict referrals from our global offices and drafting responses.
  • Using internal and external databases and other legal resources to research conflict identification, obtaining necessary information on the nature of an entity’s role in a particular matter and identifying relevant corporate affiliations.
  • Contributing to the development and improvement of the CAMAT, including streamlining work flow processes and software enhancements to upgrade our integrated global operation.
  • Analyzing trends in file openings and conflict of interest issues, to assist in the further automation of our processes.
  • Reviewing and analysing conflicts searches as part of the process of lateral recruitment in Canadian offices.
  • Advise on, and determine the need for client disclosure and ethical walls, and preparing appropriate disclosure and waiver letters, if needed.
  • Working with professionals on analysis of clients’ outside counsel guidelines.
  • Assisting the General Counsel with other risk management and commercial contract matters as required.


  • Three (3) years’ experience working as a lawyer, preferably in a large, business law firm environment.
  • Proficient knowledge regarding the various provincial Rules of Professional Conduct and case law concerning fiduciary duties and conflicts, familiarity with key elements of conflict clearance and law firm file intake requirements.
  • Knowledge of corporate legislation and structures, and an understanding of business law, intellectual property and advocacy matters.
  • Previous experience in conflicts and file intake an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to guide a team and influence multiple key stakeholders and peers in order to accomplish common objectives.
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Proficient with technology, including databases and Excel.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to deal with time pressures and changing priorities in a professional manner.
  • Capacity to work independently, as well as co-operatively in an agile/virtual team environment, and to ensure consistency and consensus in response.
  • Flexibility to work some additional hours as business needs dictate.

If you are interested in this position, please apply via our careers page.

Gowling WLG is proud to offer equal employment opportunities.

If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know.

While we appreciate all applications received, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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