Legal Assistant
Hale Criminal Law Office - Ottawa, ON

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Hale Criminal Law Office invites you to apply for the position of full-time Legal Assistant, a position which is available immediately.

The successful candidate will have the following qualities, skills and background:

-has significant experience in a law office, preferably a criminal law office
-has solid knowledge of PCLaw or its equivalent, and of law office bookkeeping procedures
-is comfortable working on a Mac
-is familiar with the Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
-is either familiar with or capable of quickly learning how to use FileMaker / OLAP Pro, as well as the Apple suite of office products (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
-is capable of working independently and without supervision
-is the type of person who takes initiative
-is capable of taking direction and of communicating effectively with the employer and co-workers
-is familiar with procedures for opening, maintaining and closing files
-is familiar with the Legal Aid Tariff Manual, and with how to do Legal Aid accounts
-is familiar with proper billing procedures
-is capable of organizing and maintaining a tickler system in order to keep track of important dates
-is flexible, and is willing to work in an environment where urgent matters arise unexpectedly
-is bilingual (French/English): this is not a requirement, but is an asset
-is capable of treating with respect and dignity clients from various backgrounds who may be charged with serious offences
-is capable of, and has an aptitude for, collecting from clients who are unwilling or claim to be unable to pay
-is presentable, friendly, positive, and is an appropriate person to be the face of the firm when clients and others walk in the door
-is able to provide references who can be contacted

Given the number of applicants expected, only candidates who are chosen for an interview will be contacted. Those candidates will be contacted by phone or email by July 25th.

Please email a resumé and cover letter - ideally, not a generic cover letter, but one that tells us something about you - to John Hale. Please ensure that your resumé includes your phone number and other contact information, and that it provides the name and contact information of at least one reference.

This is a solicitation for SERIOUS applicants only, i.e., candidates who genuinely wish to be a legal assistant in a small criminal defence office, and who at the same time have relevant experience.

About this company
Hale Criminal Law Office is a small firm founded and owned by John Hale, a criminal defence lawyer in Ottawa since 1989. The firm conducts...