Legal Counsel - Clinical Research Agreement

Posting Date:
May 27, 2021
University Health Network
Area of Law:
Research Legal
Jun 30, 2021
2-5 years


Job #877702

Position: Legal Counsel - Clinical Research Agreements
Site: University Health Network 
Reports to: Director, Research Legal 
Department: Legal Affairs (Research)
Salary: $103,334 to $129,168 per annum
Status: Permanent Full-time

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Legal Counsel - Clinical Research Agreements in our Legal Affairs (Research) Department.

The Energy of the City. The Rewards of a Great Career.

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world. Find out about our purpose, values and principles here.

With a long tradition of groundbreaking firsts and a vision of achieving global impact through exemplary patient care, research and education, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together some of the world’s top medical, research and clinical specialists. The University Health Network, frequently ranked among Canada’s Top 100 Employers, represents the coming together of shared values and diverse expertise in patient care, research and education.

As Canada’s largest research hospital, UHN has a proud history of innovative research and important discoveries. Researchers at UHN are focused on investigating the causes of numerous diseases and are developing new and better ways to treat them and deliver better care. Focuses of research include cancer, cardiology, transplantation, immunology, infectious disease, health services, rehabilitation, fitness and mobility, neural and visual sciences, musculoskeletal disease and community and population health.

This is an exciting opportunity to join UHN as Legal Counsel – Clinical Research Agreements.

UHN is seeking a strategic and results-oriented Mid-level/Senior lawyer to join its Legal Affairs Department. Aligned with the UHN’s strategic research direction, the candidate will provide a full spectrum of legal services across the organization in respect of research-related activities, with an emphasis on clinical research activities. The Legal Counsel will support the Director, Research Legal in maintaining and monitoring UHN legal and contractual obligations associated with clinical and other research-related activities; providing expert legal advice and support to the Clinical Trial Agreements Office (CTAO) and other UHN stakeholders; performing commercial transactions/documentary review responsibilities for UHN Research Legal functions; performing legal research/education responsibilities; performing committee responsibilities; performing cross-functional and other responsibilities as assigned and/or requested. The Legal Counsel will also serve as a point of contact for UHN Research Managers, Directors and Senior Management on a variety of clinical research-related matters.


  • Advises UHN stakeholders and management on clinical and other research-related legal matters – must possess knowledge of contract law, health law and (preferably) intellectual property law
  • Negotiates, drafts and reviews agreements for high risk or complex clinical and other research activities (e.g. clinical trial agreements, multi-site clinical consortium agreements, complex data-related agreements)
  • Provides expert legal assistance and guidance to the Clinical Trial Agreements Office (CTAO) through participation in the negotiation of, and provision of legal advice to, contract reviewers in respect of clinical trial and related agreements under CTAO management 
  • Identifies areas of potential legal and statutory risks, determines acceptable levels of risk, and makes recommendations to ensure management of risk in UHN clinical research contractual arrangements 
  • Provides advice in respect of clinical and other research-related matters (e.g. consent, privacy, PHI use, etc.)
  • Actively participates in the drafting and reviewing of policies and SOPs re. clinical and other research contract review, and for CTAO and other Research operations
  • Stays abreast of legislative developments and clinical research practices to ensure statutory/regulatory compliance 
  • Implements processes to optimize UHN contracting activities
  • Conducts fact-finding and legal research on a variety of clinical and other research-related matters (e.g., insurance/liability, conflict of interest reviews)
  • Consults and/or engages with internal/external resources as required to complete tasks (including external counsel, professional regulatory bodies, other UHN Legal Affairs colleagues, UHN internal departments (e.g. REB, StRIDe/Grants office, TDC, Research Ethics Board, Medical Affairs, Privacy/Compliance, Finance, etc.) 
  • Identifies and reports relevant findings to appropriate managerial staff 
  • Provides in-service training to staff on relevant and changing legal and regulatory matters
  • Supervises law students 
  • Participates in committee meetings as required


  • At minimum a Bachelor’s Degree in Law or recognized equivalent required
  • Demonstrated ability to interact positively and work cooperatively with colleagues, staff and effectively as part of a team
  • Proven collaborative planning skills in a fast-paced environment
  • Some Knowledge of hospital policies, procedures and protocols 
  • Some Knowledge of applicable legislation, regulations and guidelines pertaining to clinical research 
  • Fairness, openness, patience and a high level of integrity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required; ability to translate complex regulatory standards into material that can be understood by a diverse audience 
  • Excellent customer service, interpersonal and diplomacy skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills required to handle competing priorities/deadlines 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Eagerness to learn new areas and work with little supervision
  • At minimum, two (2) to five (5) years of practical related experience
  • Experience in a clinical or academic research environment strongly preferred; experience in a multi-site facility preferred 
  • Experience in developing and sustaining effective and collaborative professional working relationships and partnerships
  • Experience with regulatory and legal research preferred
  • Proficiency in the use and maintenance of computer database systems and data analytics preferred
  • Member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario 

If you are interested in making your contribution at UHN, please apply on-line. You will be asked to copy and paste as well as attach your resume and covering letter. You will also be required to complete some initial screening questions. 

POSTED DATE: May 27, 2021   CLOSING DATE: Posted Until Filled 
For current UHN employees, only those who have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN's attendance management program, and possess all the required experience and qualifications should apply.

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process providing the applicant has met the Bona-fide requirements for the open position. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted.


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