Regional Municipality of Peel

Senior Legal Counsel, Labour & Employment Law

4 weeks ago
System ID
# Positions
Position Type and Status
Regular Full-time
Job Industry
Government and Public Sector, Legal
Career Level
Post End Date
10/29/2017 11:59 PM

About Us

The Region of Peel serves a vibrant and culturally diverse community of more than 1.4 million residents and 88,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.  Committed to service excellence, transparency in decision-making and responsible tax management, the Region delivers a wide range of municipal services that are customer-focused and cost-effective.


The Region of Peel has recently completed a Strategic Planning process that engaged our residents and stakeholders to answer one question: “What can you imagine for the future of Peel?” All the feedback received formed the path forward and the strategic direction for the Region over the next 20 years.



To learn more about the Region of Peel please visit our website or watch the Faces of Peel video to see how our employees impact the residents of Peel.


Job Description

Senior Legal Counsel, Labour & Employment Law 
Corporate Services, Legal Services


Do you have a passion for providing creative, innovative and forward thinking legal solutions?

Are you customer focused and thrive in a team where collaboration, partnership and passion to excel are celebrated?


The role........


Key member of the Legal Services Team, and provides high quality and effective legal advice and representation to the management and staff of the Region of Peel and related boards and agencies. Working closely with the Human Resources Division, this position will lead the Region’s collective bargaining negotiations involving 4 unions and 14 separate collective agreements. This position also provides timely and strategic legal advice and representation in respect of all employment and labour related matters along with some appearances before relevant administrative tribunals and courts.


  • Act as chief negotiator and principal legal counsel in respect of all matters relating to collective bargaining and labour law. Develops bargaining strategies in conjunction with partners to seek a bargaining mandate from council. 
  • Provide concise legal and practical advice, with a service oriented focus, on a range of matters to the CAO, Executive Management, the Human Resources Division, and other staff, with the view to providing guidance, and avoiding litigation and legal conflicts; 
  • Represent the Region in litigation at all levels, and matters before administrative tribunals and courts, such as labour arbitrations, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal; 
  • Assist in the development of proactive strategies that help to protect the interests of the Region and reduce exposure to legal risks; and
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the Corporate Services Department and the Legal Services Division business and administrative goals and plans. 


  • Bachelor of Laws degree or equivalent
  • Must be a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience as a practicing labour and employment lawyer or equivalent
  • Direct experience in collective bargaining including experience as chief negotiator
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills, including the ability to communicate well to non-lawyer staff colleagues in a supportive manner
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with union representatives
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to take ownership and work independently
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Demonstrated sound judgement, tact and patience
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and to maintain composure under pressure
  • Aptitude and motivation for continuous learning and a sense of personal responsibility to achieve progress are essential


Location: 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton

Hours of work: 8:30am-4:30pm; Monday to Friday


If this opportunity matches your qualifications and experience, please apply online by end of day October 29, 2017.


Additional Information

At the Region of Peel, we respect diversity and treat one another in ways that are fair, courteous and compassionate, recognizing everyone’s contributions. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to establishing a qualified workforce that is reflective of the diverse population we serve. The Region of Peel is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodation please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.


Please be advised, the Region of Peel uses email to communicate with their applicants for open job competitions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence via email (i.e. testing bookings, interview dates), it is imperative that applicants check their email regularly. If we do not hear back from applicants, we will assume that you are no longer interested in the Job Competition and your application will be removed from the Competition.


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