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In-house litigation counsel

Date of posting: November 14 2013
Deadline: December 14 2013

Competition number: 2013-21685

Department: Corporate Services

Job type:Permanent

Location: 110 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto ON

SSQ Financial Group is an outstanding Canadian financial institution that relies on each of its 1,900 employees to offer its customers a comprehensive range of insurance, savings and retirement products. Thanks to its diversified offer and solid financial base, SSQ Financial Group is able to offer a stimulating work environment where you can develop your expertise and take on new challenges.

Reporting to the Senior Director – Legal Department, the lawyer will be responsible for the litigation cases involving a wide array of insurance claims, contract review and labour matters.


Reviewing and assessing litigation claims for Disability, Life, AD&D and Critical Illness insurance and taking appropriate action.

Manage court cases and represent SSQ, Financial Group and its affiliates in court hearings.

Advise the principal with respect to litigation case and possibility of settlement.

Advise on labour situations and union/non-union work environments as they relate to insurance benefits.

Review insurance contracts for wording and meaning within the insurance law context.

Contribute to ongoing training of staff on the insurance industry litigation trends and precedent setting cases.

Negotiate financial settlement of litigated cases.

Required skills and knowledge:
Experience in all aspects of litigation including pleading, motion, examination for discovery, settlement negotiations and trial

Working knowledge of Ontario Labour Law

Insurance contract experience

Knowledge of appeal scenarios

Maintain high standard of performance

Ability to exercise good judgment and decision making

Qualities to work independently and manage multiple files

Ability to evaluate client case and to anticipate potential issues and/or problems relating to said case

A professional manner in dealing with other and works to maintain constructive working relationship with various stakeholders


5 to 7 years post call experience; experience in legal matter involving disability insurance is a major asset.

Experience as in-house legal counsel for insurance company is a major asset.

Excellent reputation within the industry

Though not essential, priority will be given to bilingual candidates (French/English)

Member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada

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