Licensed Paralegal + Legal Assistant

Bennett Gastle PC - Scarborough, ON (30+ days ago)

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We are a boutique litigation law firm seeking to fill the dual role of an experienced Licensed Paralegal and Legal Assistant to work within a team-oriented environment.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting and preparing correspondence and pleadings;
  • Coordinating with process servers regarding service and filing of court documents;
  • Taking responsibility for management of Debt Collection Litigation matters, including liaising with clients; negotiations with opposing parties; and preparing forms and pleadings for filing with the Small Claims Court;
  • Contacting debtors to negotiate payment and resolve matters;
  • Providing administrative support to law clerks and lawyers as needed;
  • Processing incoming/outgoing telephone calls, mail, and couriers; photocopying, scanning, and faxing;
  • Opening, maintaining, and closing files;
  • Preparation of accounts (working knowledge of Lighthouse Legal Accounting Software would be an asset);
  • Reconciliation of petty cash and lawyers’ expenses;
  • Ordering and maintaining office supplies;
  • Scheduling appointments/meetings, examinations for discovery, mediations, pre-trials, and making travel arrangements; and
  • Maintenance of tickler/follow-up system.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Paralegal Licence in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario;
  • Working knowledge and experience with court forms, procedures, the Rules of the Small Claims Court, and the Rules of Civil Procedure;
  • A positive attitude and interpersonal skills to enhance working in a team environment;
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle for court appearances at Small Claims Court locations throughout Ontario;
  • Great client service skills;
  • Experience in preparing witnesses for attendance at trial;
  • Experience in conducting Settlement Conferences, Motions, and Trials at the Small Claims Court;
  • Ability to follow policies and procedures in place to perform day-to-day duties;
  • Proficiency in MS Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and general office technical skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication;
  • Exceptional organizational abilities with the ability to manage a high volume of files;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to multitask;
  • Excellent time management skills;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Eagerness to take initiative;
  • Ability to work independently; and
  • Excellent conflict resolution, problem solving, and negotiation skills.

This is a contract position with the potential to become a full-time position.

Bennett Gastle invites you to submit your cover letter and resume. We thank all candidates for their interest in this position; however, only those who meet our requirements will be contacted.

Job Type: Contract

Experience:

  • Litigation: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Paralegal: 1 year (Preferred)

Licence:

  • Ontario Drivers License (Required)
  • Paralegal (Required)