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Lawyers and Quebec notaries advise clients on legal matters, represent clients before administration boards and draw up legal documents such as contracts and wills. Lawyers also plead cases, represent clients before tribunals and conduct prosecutions in courts of law. Lawyers are employed in law firms and prosecutor's offices. Quebec notaries are employed in notary offices. Both lawyers and Quebec notaries are employed by federal, provincial and municipal governments and various business establishments or they may be self-employed. Articling students are included in this group.
Crown attorney, Crown prosecutor, attorney, barrister, corporate counsel, general counsel, law partner, lawyer, legal advisor, notary (Quebec), solicitor.
- Advise clients of their legal rights and all matters related to law
- Research legal precedents and gather evidence
- Plead clients' cases before courts of law, tribunals and boards (lawyers only)
- Draw up legal documents such as real estate transactions, wills, divorces and contracts, and prepare statements of legal opinions
- Negotiate settlements of civil disputes (lawyers only)
- Perform administrative and management functions related to the practice of law
- May act as mediator, conciliator or arbitrator
- May act as executor, trustee or guardian in estate and family law matters.
Lawyers and Quebec notaries may specialize in specific areas of the law such as criminal law (lawyers only), corporate law, contract law, taxation law, administrative law, international law, commercial law, real estate law, family and estate law, intellectual property law and labour law.
Outlook & Prospects for Lawyers and Quebec Notaries in Montréal Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 forecast period, the employment outlook in the Montréal region is Good for this occupation. Opportunities will arise through job creation and retirements.
The level of employment in this occupation has been rising in recent years. The adoption of increasingly complex legislation, the numerous business acquisitions and corporate mergers, the rise in property transactions and the globalization of commercial markets have all boosted demand for legal professionals.
Since this trend is ongoing, the number of lawyers and notaries is expected to continue rising over the 2012-2014 forecast horizon.
Workers in this occupational group are employed in the legal services sector, primarily in law firms and notary offices, in federal, provincial or municipal administrations, or for various companies, where they may be self-employed.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- The City of Montreal announced a $10M investment over three years to initiate its green neighbourhoods project. The project targets the greening streets and improvement to transit for citizens. (available in French only)
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Three European companies in aeronautics will open offices in Montreal, leading to the creation of 150 positions in the next three years. The majority of the jobs will be related to engineering. (available in French only)
Week of Mar 25 – Mar 29, 2013
- BBA, an engineering firm, is laying off about 100 employees in its Montréal, Brossard and Mont Saint-Hilaire offices. The positions in question affect engineers, technicians and support personnel. (available in French only)
Week of Jan 14 – Jan 18, 2013
- Janssen, the pharmaceutical company, is closing its immunology research office in Montréal. Approximately 30 people will be laid off at the end of January. (available in French only)
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