Shell Canada Limited is seeking a candidate to fill the role of Legal Counsel, Canada - Global Litigation, based out of Calgary. This position is responsible for managing and substantively carrying a full docket of contentious Group litigation matters in Canada. The candidate will be one of a team of 4 litigation lawyers in Calgary and Montreal, Canada.
- Providing cost effective and efficient legal services to business and legal managers to meet the litigation and dispute resolution needs and priorities of all Shell Businesses.
- Assuming first chair carriage of a trial, appellate, ADR and administrative tribunal litigation docket, arising out of both Shell's current and legacy business operations. Current docket includes employment and human rights litigation, appearances before certain administrative tribunals, labour arbitrations, provincial court matters, upstream / midstream audit disputes, and some general bankruptcy and insolvency work.
- Where complexity and exposure warrant doing so, retaining and closely working with external counsel in accordance with Shell's detailed litigation management system, including the negotiation of Appropriate Fee Arrangements and budget management of same.
- Liaising with Communications, Community and Indigenous Relations, Investor Relations, and Government Relations to provide advice on messaging and legal issues related to reputational and business risk arising out of litigation matters, as well as emerging regulatory and policy initiatives in the areas of Aboriginal and community relations, sustainable development, and export and trade measures.
- Assisting and working with senior department members on complex litigation matters, when necessary.
- Providing executive and individual contributor-level training on litigation risk, and risk related to commercial, civil, environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal, legal issues in Canada.
- Monitoring and advising business leaders on jurisprudential and regulatory developments insofar as they impact Shell's current and future operations.
- Individual contributor within the litigation team, which is currently comprised of a managing counsel, 4 legal counsel and two legal assistants / paralegals, with a solid reporting line up through the AGC Americas - Litigation to the General Counsel - Litigation.
- The Canada litigation team is part of an overall Canada legal department comprised of approximately 40 legal professionals, including lawyers, paralegals and support staff, supporting Shell's Integrated Gas, LNG, New Energies, Unconventionals, Projects, Contracting and Procurement, Downstream, Manufacturing and Retail Businesses, and Corporate functions.
- Single point of accountability in the team on work for certain lines of business.
Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with over 90,000 employees in more than 70 countries and territories. In Canada, we have operated for over a century and are a major producer and marketer of oil, gas and petrochemicals, Canada's largest producer of sulphur and a significant oil sands developer. We deliver energy responsibly; operate safely with respect to our neighbours and work to minimize our environmental impact. We are in search of remarkable people who will thrive in a diverse and inclusive work environment to deliver exciting projects locally and globally. People who are passionate about exploring new frontiers. Innovators and pioneers. People with the drive to help shape our future.Requirements
- Must have legal authorization to work in the Canada on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
- Undergraduate degree (4 years) and Law degree (JD/LLB - 3 years).
- Member of Law Society of Alberta (Articling/Bar Admission Course).
- 3-6 years of post-call experience at a mid-to-top tier firm or in-house legal department, dealing with litigation matters before various levels of court in Alberta or elsewhere in Canada, including primary carriage of own files in addition to working with more senior members of the firm / department.
- Experience dealing with labour, employment and human rights law disputes; upstream and midstream energy commercial disputes, and ideally some exposure to other corporate / commercial legal work, ideally in the energy sector.
- Sound knowledge of civil and appellate procedure, as well as some general ADR experience.
- Must be comfortable conducting questioning, preparing all manner of pleadings, filings and applications as required, and appearing before Masters or Justices at all levels of court, as appropriate.
- Ideally, some experience working within the provincial and federal energy regulatory regimes governing Upstream and Downstream.
- Experience working with both internal and external stakeholders with diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Strong Written and Verbal Communication Skills.
- While strong technical legal / litigation skills are required, equally important is a proportionate level of both business acumen and an ability to engage with Shell's business leaders, in order to understand what success looks like, and to tailor legal advice and strategy accordingly.
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