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Associates and legal administrative assistants at McQuarrie enjoy a friendly, cooperative and knowledgeable working and learning environment.

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Associate Lawyers

McQuarrie provides an excellent opportunity for our associates to develop as lawyers through a wide variety of professional and learning experiences. Continuous learning and professional development, such as participation in internal and external education programs, are strongly encouraged. Many of our lawyers are also involved in Bar Association and Section activities at the local, provincial and national levels.

Competence, collegiality, teamwork and courtesy are hallmarks of our approach to the practice of law. We take pride in our excellent reputation for doing good work and being good to work with. Associates are not assigned a mentoring partner, but instead are encouraged to approach partners they are comfortable with to act as their mentors. Each associate is given full personal assistance in developing a successful law practice, which includes skills in lawyering, practice management and business development.

We have made a conscious commitment as lawyers to balance our work with the other joys and responsibilities of life. Accordingly, our associates are not expected to devote the whole of their lives to legal work, or to work on evenings or weekends except when client service occasionally demands it. This commitment allows our lawyers to be involved in other activities they care about, such as serving the legal profession, volunteering in the community, participating in sports, adventure and the arts, and being devoted to their families.

We also enjoy each other’s company and doing things together as a firm. For example:

  • Our lawyers, students, staff and their families are invited to an annual inter-office baseball game and party.
  • Our lawyers, students and their partners are invited to an annual weekend adventure retreat at Whistler.
  • Our lawyers and students meet regularly over lunch to keep in touch and discuss topics of interest.
  • We also have firm parties and the occasional adventure.

Our associate compensation package is competitive with other firms in our region and includes comprehensive medical, extended health and dental coverage for associates and their families. Our disability benefits coverage includes LTD, AD&D and life insurance.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

See what’s opening right now on our current employment opportunities page.

For further information about joining McQuarrie as an associate, please contact:

Nicole Williams, Human Resources Manager
T: 604.581.7001
E: [email protected]

Legal Administrative Assistants

McQuarrie offers a friendly and cooperative work environment for all staff. Our convenient office location eliminates the need for a lengthy commute into Vancouver.

Professional development, along with self-development, are encouraged at McQuarrie in order to foster individual performance and support employee development. We provide ongoing learning and development opportunities by funding external programs such as Continuing Legal Education seminars. We hold regular staff meetings and in-house workshops to discuss new methods and review old. Our staff development program encourages self-development and provides assistance with videos, books and speakers. In the recent past, we have offered speakers on financial planning, emergency preparedness, nutrition and conflict resolution.

McQuarrie offers social and recreational events throughout the year for staff and family enjoyment. Our inter-office baseball game and barbecue has become a tradition for families. Firm luncheons are arranged for Staff Appreciation Day and Christmas. Potluck luncheons, Halloween costumes and Company Night at Nat Bailey Stadium are just a few of the events planned by our Firm Social Committee.

The benefits package at McQuarrie is extensive, including medical, extended health and dental coverage for staff and their families. Our disability benefits include LTD, AD&D and life insurance. After two years of continuous service, all staff become members in our government-registered and firm-funded pension plan. We also have a voluntary (by payroll deduction) Group Registered Retirement Savings Plan. We offer generous vacation entitlements as well as the opportunity to arrange flexible work hours on an individual basis.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

See what’s opening right now on our current employment opportunities page.

For further information, please contact:

Nicole Williams, Human Resources Manager
T: 604.581.7001
E: [email protected]

Current Employment Opportunities

ASSOCIATE LAWYER POSITIONS

Recent experiences have changed the way people live and work. Some of these changes will have a lasting and positive impact on traditional working arrangements. At McQuarrie, we are embracing this change and are looking to grow our firm and brand throughout the Province with the addition of lawyers with a portable book of business who can work remotely.

Are you an entrepreneur with your own portable book of business? Tired of administrative demands and expenses of running your own practice? Perhaps you work for a firm, but would love to save time by not having to commute? Maybe you’re struggling to find the right work/life balance? We want to hear from you!

ABOUT YOU

  • You are an experienced lawyer with an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • You have a portable book of business.
  • You put trust and transparency at the forefront of all of your client relationships.
  • You are passionate and pragmatic in your approach to resolving your clients’ legal matters.
  • You are results-focused.
  • You value having the bench-strength of a well rounded and experienced team but can work efficiently independently, and in a remote set-up.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • Flexible and individualized work arrangements.
  • Full medical and dental benefits.
  • Complete operational support and resources in accounting, marketing, human resources, and IT.
  • Practice assistance and referral potential.
  • Access to remote office space and meeting rooms.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please submit a brief cover letter and resume to Nicole Williams, Human Resources Manager at [email protected]

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

LEGAL SUPPORT STAFF POSITIONS

We currently have a paralegal opportunity available working in our ICBC department.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Preparing various documents such as pleadings, lists of documents, case plans, applications, affidavits, mediation summaries, trial briefs, trial records, books of authority, books of documents and bills of costs
  • Drafting and finalizing correspondence
  • Analyzing files to ensure relevant records and documents are obtained and reviewing records and documents for relevancy and privilege
  • Conducting legal research as requested
  • Managing limitations per the Limitation Act and Supreme Court Civil Rules
  • Assisting with pre-trial tasks such as notifying and/or subpoenaing witnesses, preparing witnesses and identifying trial exhibits, preparing trial books
  • Instructing LAA’s on non-billable tasks
  • Maintaining organized, efficient, and up to date binders
  • Attending client meetings
  • Other paralegal and/or administrative tasks as required

The successful candidate will have:

  • Successfully completed the Paralegal program
  • 2+ years of experience as a litigation paralegal, with an emphasis on general insurance defence litigation and / or personal injury work
  • ICBC Billing Number or eligibility
  • High attention to detail
  • The ability to work under pressure and ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Experience with Microsoft office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)

Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Your application:

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by email to: Nicole Williams, Human Resources Manager at [email protected]

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

We are currently seeking a Litigation Support Paralegal to join our growing team. This individual will have solid work experience and a strong interest in technology. This position will work together with our litigation department to streamline document production with the use of reveal. The litigation support paralegal is expected to track and bill time to files as appropriate.

Primary Responsibilities include;

  • Draft lists of documents using evidentiary software
  • Draft correspondence and court documents including pleadings, motions and chambers applications
  • Conduct factual research, analyze issues and draft legal research memos
  • Conduct trial preparation and support activity
  • Ensure compliance with litigation support and eDiscovery best practices, including quality control measures, firm best practice protocols, and quality assurance checks for production deliverables
  • Coordinate e-discovery support requirements for the firm
  • Import and or/ export data to and /or from evidentiary databases including the creation of load files
  • Convert and rename electronic files to formats that can be loaded into software.
  • Prepare documents for imaging, and scan and code documents
  • Copy electronic evidence provided by clients and forensic experts (CD’s DVD’s, floppy disks, flash drives, hard drives, etc.), and institute and maintain chain of documents/procedures. Maintain accurate records, and in particular, documents pertaining to best practices. (e.g. file open, archive forms, and precedent materials.)
  • Archive litigation support databases and catalogue and organize media associated with same
  • Assist with basic troubleshooting associated with litigation support software technical problems
  • Provide general support as needed on litigation projects
  • Additional duties depending on level experience, knowledge level and willingness to learn

What we are looking for:

  • A paralegal certificate from an accredited institution with experience working in a Canadian law firm
  • 5+ years experience in litigation, preferably with exposure to commercial litigation and business litigation
  • e-discovery certification preferred
  • Knowledge and experience with e-discovery process
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to handle high volume of active matters
  • Advanced technical skills including MS Word, MS Excel, Database Management and e-discovery

What you bring:

  • Commitment to providing first-rate level of knowledge and prompt quality service to clients and the department
  • Excellent organizational skills with a strong attention to detail to produce high quality and accurate work
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to listen effectively and respond appropriately
  • Ability to prioritize tasks by deadline, and work well under pressure
  • High level of initiative and resourcefulness
  • Excel working in a both team environment and independently

Compensation: McQuarrie offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health and dental plans and a health spending account.

Your application:

Candidates should apply by November 15, 2020. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by email to: Nicole Williams, Human Resources Manager at [email protected]

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Unfortunately, we do not have any opportunities available at this time. We gladly accept resumes to be considered for future openings. Please submit resumes by email to Nicole Williams at [email protected].

We believe trust is the foundation of every good client-lawyer relationship and we value the trust and confidence that our clients place in our firm. We work hard to earn that trust by understanding the diverse needs of our clients and responding to those needs with careful preparation, attention to detail and the ability to deliver proactive and practical solutions.

McQuarrie is a mixed-practice firm offering services in the areas of corporate and commercial law, real estate and land development, estate law and family law, as well as commercial and general civil litigation and personal injury law. We are a regional firm servicing clients throughout Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, inclusive of large and small businesses and individuals. These are exciting opportunities to work in a firm of high professional standing while remaining within easy access of all of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. The Central City Tower and retail complex are at the hub of the new Surrey city centre, immediately adjacent to the Surrey Central SkyTrain station and accessible by car via the Port Mann and Pattullo bridges.

ARTICLING STUDENTS

McQuarrie LLP is a multi-practice law firm located in Surrey, BC. Our lawyers provide legal services to businesses, individuals and institutions across the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Located in state-of-the-art offices on the 15th Floor of the Central City Tower we are uniquely positioned to cater to clients in Surrey’s growing business district. 

McQuarrie LLP has a long tradition of providing a well-rounded, practical articling experience. 

We provide our students with a program that covers most areas of the law and combines one-on-one mentoring with opportunities to develop and perfect practice management skills. We believe students learn best by doing. Accordingly, we encourage the development of professional client service by providing our students with plenty of opportunity for direct client contact from the initial client meeting, through to the conclusion of the matter. 

We believe that the articling period should be focused on the education and professional development of the student. We expect our articled students to engage with our lawyers and put forth their best effort in developing good work practices, sound professional ethics and a habit of professional courtesy. We try to expose our articled students to a wide variety of work, but students are also expected to take initiative and seek the kinds of work they enjoy and to explore areas where they need more experience. 

If you are interested in applying for 2021 2nd Year Summer Articles, please submit your application package via email to Nicole Williams, Human Reources Manager by September 25th, 2020. Please includes:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Law school transcripts to date
  • Undergrad transcripts
  • Letters of reference are accepted but not required
  • Position clearly stated in subject line of email (2nd year summer articles)

We thank you for your interest in this position but regret that only those candidates select for an interview will be contacted.