The Opportunity

Halifax, NS | Sydney, NS
Legal and Justice
Full-time - Permanent

Have a law background? Ever considered an alternative career path?

We are excited to introduce a new and exciting opportunity at McInnes Cooper in support of our strategic plan!

The Manager, Real Estate Legal Services will be responsible for transformation within our firm-wide property team by leveraging our technologies and supporting a highly engaged and talented team. With a continuous improvement mindset, collaborative approach, and effective communication skills this role will drive change, innovation, and engagement.

Our firm-wide team approach has been an immense success within our Corporate and Litigation teams, and we are thrilled to be integrating this approach within our Commercial & Residential Real Estate Practice. We are bringing our people, processes, and technology to the forefront of planning, not just for today, but into the future.

Based in either the Halifax or Sydney offices in Nova Scotia the Manager, Real Estate Legal Services will oversee people management and operations while balancing some client work. With a natural ability to collaborate through exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, this role will support the team through continuous improvement initiatives. Reporting to the Managing Director, People & Culture, the successful candidate will support the firm's strategic goals using effective influencing strategies to build respect and trust.

The Manager, Real Estate Legal Services will work with the firm-wide team to build operational efficiencies within the property practice. Backed by the firms' extensive existing supports, they will oversee the day-to-day operations of the property team in areas of:

  • workforce planning;
  • resolving and troubleshooting roadblocks;
  • utilization of technologies;
  • process efficiencies;
  • professional development; and,
  • staying current on internal processes, policies, and procedures.

They will also support their direct reports through coaching and mentorship, being active in the recruiting and onboarding processes, leading goal setting, and creating a team and client-focused culture.

The ideal candidate will hold a J.D./Law Degree and have practiced property law for three to five years. They are a natural leader with proven experience in coaching, facilitation, and relationship management.

Our team members have access to:

  • Defined-benefit pension plan;
  • Firm-paid health and dental benefits;
  • Health spending account;
  • Personal spending account (wellness);
  • Time for you:
    • Including vacation, personal and sick days.
  • Balancing life:
    • Work from home / Flex work options available for many team members.
  • Our Team - we can't say enough about our people! You will be part of a collaborative, collegial, respectful and caring team; and,
  • Have the opportunity to participate in a variety of teams including Collective Social Responsibility, Wellness, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Special Events and so many more!

McInnes Cooper is committed to building an environment that is diverse and inclusive, representative of the communities in which we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from persons who identify as racially visible, Indigenous, persons with disabilities, women in underrepresented roles and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Applicants from these equity groups may self-identify through our on-line application process.

As part of the recruitment process, MC will provide accommodation(s) to candidates with disabilities. If you require an accommodation(s) to participate in the recruitment process with us, please contact at Alana Burgess at [email protected] or 902.455.8260.

We're looking for

Core Skills

Client-focused Strategic Leadership Relationship-building Skills Property Law Professional Mentoring Process Efficiency Outstanding interpersonal communication skills Dedication to Continuous Improvement Collaborative Leadership Technology Solutions

A little bit about us

McInnes Cooper

About MC

McInnes Cooper is among the 25 largest law firms in Canada and a member of Lex Mundi, the world's leading network of independent law firms. Providing strategic counsel to industry-leading clients from Canada and abroad, the firm continues to thrive through its relentless focus on client success, talent engagement and innovation. With an integrated team of 220 lawyers and over 250 professional resources across seven offices in Charlottetown, Fredericton, Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, St. John's and Sydney, McInnes Cooper is positioned - both in size and experience - to offer clients a full range of legal services.

Our People

At McInnes Cooper you will find a team that values you. We recognize that our members are key in delivering outstanding client service and we provide a collaborative, professional environment with a member focused culture. We are committed to creating an inclusive work environment that values, respects and supports different perspectives, cultures and experiences.

Diversity & Inclusion

We recognize that our individual differences make us a stronger, more adaptable law firm. We embrace these differences and give all of our members the opportunity to develop their unique skills and talents.

Collective Social Responsibility

We are recognized as a leader and innovator amongst Canadian law firms in the field of Collective Social Responsibility. Our people are concerned citizens who enjoy giving back. Together, we focus on developing ongoing partnerships with community organizations that do amazing work, often despite limited resources and public awareness. As a firm, we have the ability to respond with contributions of time and monetary support, and our people give generously of their skills and effort.

Pro Bono Legal Services

Through our Pro Bono Program, we provide legal counsel to disadvantaged people and organizations that have difficulty gaining access to justice on matters of public interest.

Environmental Stewardship

Like any large organization, our operations leave a footprint on the environment. From paper use and waste production to transportation and energy consumption, we continually look for opportunities to minimize that impact.