Legal Counsel - Research Institute

Posting Date:
Apr 26, 2022
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Area of Law:
Position Type:
Permanent Full-time, 35 hours per week
3-5 years of post-call experience in private practice, in-house, or a combination thereof


Legal Counsel - Research Institute

SickKids has an incredible opportunity to support ground-breaking research at the Canada’s most research-intense hospital. As Legal Counsel, supporing the SickKids Research Institute, you will have the opportunity to work with world-renowned Scientists & researchers striving to improve child health across the world. 

The Legal Services Department at SickKids is led by the General Counsel and provides centralized legal support for the entire enterprise at SickKids, including the Hospital, Learning Institute, and Research Institute.  

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • You must possess a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctorate and be a lawyer in good standing with the LSO.
  • The ideal candidate has at least 3-5 years of post-call experience in private practice, in-house, or a combination thereof.
  • Experience working within a hospital or other healthcare sector organization is a strong asset.
  • Candidates should ideally have experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating research-related agreements, including clinical trial agreements, registry/bio-bank agreements, consortium agreements, sub-site agreements, collaboration agreements, data transfer agreements, etc.    
  • We are seeking service-oriented lawyers with strong conceptual thinking and decision-making skills, who are capable of managing a high volume of competing priorities.  
  • You are a team player with excellent diplomacy and interpersonal skills.  

Position Details:  

In this role, you will be expected to do the following:

  • Identify, address and manage legal needs in support of the Hospital’s business and strategic objectives through effective fact-finding, research and the provision of high quality legal advice and in a manner that reflects the organization’s risk tolerance;
  • Review, draft and negotiate contracts;
  • Identify potential areas of legal risk/opportunity and make recommendations on risk tolerance and mechanisms to manage risk/opportunity;
  • Support management and leaders in implementing strategic and operational initiatives;
  • Monitor changes to relevant laws and communicate developments/implications to management and staff, as appropriate;
  • Develop strong professional relationships with internal and external stakeholders to facilitate ongoing communication throughout the organization, anticipate and proactively manage legal needs and risks, and keep current on best practices and emerging trends in legal practice within relevant sectors.

Employment Type: Permanent Full-time, 35 hours per week. There are many reasons why SickKids is a wonderful place to work beyond the specific job opportunities available including:

The opportunity to perform meaningful work alongside the best & brightest. Flexible hybrid work environment.  Freedom to innovate & be your authentic self.  Learnings galore, including tuition reimbursement, Wellness & Peer Support Programs, Health/Dental Benefits and a Defined Benefit Pension Plan.

Deadline to Apply: Posted until filled.


Contact Name The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

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