Legal Counsel Contract

Permanent contract|Montreal|Legal / Taxation / Compliance

Legal Counsel Contract

Montreal, Canada Permanent contract Legal / Taxation / Compliance


Société Générale's Legal Department in Canada includes a dynamic and motivated team of professionals responsible for identifying and managing all legal, regulatory and contractual matters of the Canadian SG entities, as well as advising other SG entities around the world on Canadian legal matters.

The selected candidate will report directly to the Canadian General Counsel.


This position is for a 12 month contract, beginning August 23rd, 2021

Roles and Responsibilities                                 

The Legal Counsel will be primarily responsible for generally assisting the General Counsel department in advising on various matter, including employment related matters and other matters covered by different areas of law such as privacy, contractual review, governance and internal policies. This will include:

  1. Working with the Human Resources department, Compliance department and other internal clients to provide guidance and practical solutions;
  2. Providing legal advice on a variety of employment related matters;
  3. Reviewing a wide range of agreements, including offers of employment and severance agreements and other types of agreement such as non-disclosure agreements, service agreements (including intercompany outsourcing agreements) and other commercial contracts;
  4. Reviewing, advising on, or drafting of HR and Compliance policies, and the interpretation of HR and Compliance policies and programs related to employees;
  5. Assisting the General Counsel to work on and complete internal controls and other projects involving the Legal Department;
  6. Participating in the Legal Department’s legal watch, conducting research and drafting legal memoranda and notices on a variety of topics; and
  7. Performing other tasks as assigned by the General Counsel from time to time.

The candidate must be able to work independently and proactively, and must also have excellent analytical and writing/drafting skills.

The candidate must also have the ability to prioritize several simultaneous requests in a high pressure environment, while maintaining a fast and logical approach and speed of execution.  The person must also be comfortable with new technologies and have an open mind to innovate to increase efficiency and execution of the work performed by the legal department.

The candidate must show a lot of initiative, be a team player and have a high sense of responsibility and organization.

Profile required

This person will need to be results driven, mindful of organizational and business objectives, have excellent communication (oral and written, in both English and French) and interpersonal relationship skills within and across departments and externally, including with SG colleagues in the USA and Europe.


  • The person must have obtained a Bachelor of law from a Canadian university and possess 3 to 10 years of experience in a Canadian law firm or the legal department of a company operating in a relevant industry, and must have a minimum of 2 years + of experience practicing labour and employment law.
  • Prior in-house counsel experience considered an asset.
  • Good knowledge of applicable provincial and federal employment and related laws as well as human rights legislation.

Registrations required

  • The person must have a Bachelor of Laws, a license to practice law and be admitted to the Bar of Quebec (and be in good standing).
  • Membership of another Canadian Bar would be an asset.

Business insight

At Societe Generale, we live by our 4 core values of commitment, responsibility, team spirit and innovation. We are engaged and demonstrate consideration for others. We act ethically and with courage. We focus our talent and energy on collective success. We experiment and propose new ideas. This way, we maximize our ability to serve client needs and anticipate market changes. Societe Generale is committed to strengthening bonds with colleagues, communities and the world in which we live, because relationships are at the heart of how we operate.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we are proud to make diversity a strength for our company. Societe Generale is committed to recognizing and promoting all talents, regardless of their beliefs, age, disability, parental status, ethnic origin, nationality, sexual or gender identity, sexual orientation, membership of a political, religious, trade union or minority organisation, or any other characteristic that could be subject to discrimination.

Reference: 21000I9K
Entity: SG CIB
Starting date: 2021/08/23
Publication date: 2021/06/04