Legal Counsel
Vancouver, BC
HSBC Bank Canada, a subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc, is the largest and leading international bank in Canada. HSBC serves customers worldwide through an international network of around 3,800 offices in 66 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa

We help companies and individuals across Canada to manage their finances through three global business lines: Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Retail Banking and Wealth Management.

It’s this global connectivity in which you will find yourself inspired and collaborating with colleagues not just locally but also across continents and cultures.

About Global Functions

HSBC’s Global Functions play a vital role in supporting the bank’s Global Businesses and offer a broad range of career opportunities in areas from Legal, Risk and Finance to Human Resources, Sustainability, Marketing and Communications. Our operational and functional teams around the world help HSBC’s Global Businesses to operate efficiently and effectively on a day-to-day basis. They also focus on controls and governance to reduce risk and protect the HSBC Group’s reputation.

Global Legal plays an important role in protecting HSBC’s reputation, helping to safeguard the organisation by providing robust and comprehensive advice on legal issues and risks. Our lawyers advise senior management and the Global Businesses and Functions. They offer a range of legal skills, jurisdictional experience and practice specialisms across all the countries and territories in which HSBC operates.

Key Objectives for Legal Counsel:
The Legal Counsel role reports to the Associate General Counsel, HSBC Operations, Services, Technology and Marketing and supports the Procurement department as well as relevant businesses and functions and legal department colleagues. This role primarily involves drafting and advising on supplier contracts as well as identifying and advising on legal risk impacting Procurement and the relevant businesses and functions.

Principle Accountabilities:
Provide prompt, commercial and practical legal advice, guidance and support to the Procurement department and relevant business areas in relation to contract drafting, negotiation and regulatory or legislative matters pertaining to the purchase of goods and services.
Advise on third party contracts for the supply of goods and services, including information technology, outsourcing and services procurement.
Support the Procurement Department and relevant business areas in responding to changes in relevant legislation and jurisprudence.
Review documents and analyze procurement procedures for legal and regulatory risk.
Apply global and local HSBC policies and best practices with respect to legal risk.
Be pro-active in the provision of legal support and in advising the area/business promptly of material legal developments and their implications.
Ensure legal management is fully briefed on major issues arising in relevant business area and major legislative changes in area of expertise.
Liaise with external counsel and other appropriate external parties as needed.
Maintain and develop positive and professional working relationships with all Legal team members, the Procurement Department and other assigned areas for which the Legal Counsel is responsible.
Participate effectively as part of the Legal Team.
Share legal knowledge and best practices with Legal colleagues.
Promote an environment that supports diversity and reflects the HSBC brand.


Knowledge & experience / Qualifications:
Bachelor Degree (B.A., B.S.); Legal - BL, JD, LLB or BA (Legal).
Must be currently qualified to practice law in Canada and the relevant province.
Minimum of three years proven and progressive commercial legal experience, or equivalent.
Strong advocacy, negotiation, interpersonal, organizational, legal research and verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to quickly apply abstract concepts of law and make quick, innovative decisions to resolve problems.
Ability to defend HSBC Bank Canada and HSBC Group affiliates from claims and advocate their interests while maintaining their reputation for honesty and integrity.
Proficiency with personal computers as well as pertinent mainframe systems and software packages.
Accurate and concise drafting skills.
Ability to respond in a timely and effective manner to management and staff with sound legal analysis.
Ability to work proactively and show initiative, judgement and discretion.
Ability to manage diverse and substantial work portfolio.
High personal standards, self motivation and ability to work with limited supervision and as part of a team.

HSBC Proud

In 2018, HSBC Bank Canada was named one of the “Best 50 Corporate Citizens” in Canada by Corporate Knights magazine. HSBC was also the first company to be recognized as a top performer in gender diversity within the financial services sector, as part of a new Corporate Knights initiative to recognize leaders in this space.

Join HSBC, and benefit from the following:
Career Development: Within your current role, as well as Canadian and international opportunities
Company Reputation: Offering prestige, strength, and longevity
Business Growth: Underpinned by our drive, and the highest banking standards
International Connectivity and impact: Build global relationships and be a part of international initiatives
A diverse workforce: Reflecting our belief that diversity of thought, background and perspective make HSBC a stronger organization
Corporate Sustainability: We build our business for the long term by balancing social, environmental and economic considerations in the decisions we make