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Lead Counsel, Canada


This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted March 11, 2023.

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I further attest that all information I submit in my employment application is true to the best of my knowledge.

Job Description Job Overview: Lead Counsel-Canada provides legal support in all areas of law relevant to Takeda Canada, including providing legal advice to product and functional groups.

He/she has a good understanding of Canadian pharmaceutical law and commercial law, and will ensure legal liability is minimized.

The incumbent will support the local operating company while interacting with multiple functions within the company.

Key Responsibilities: Providing high quality legal advice and support to the Canadian business in all relevant legal fields, including (i) pharmaceutical and regulatory law, (ii) commercial law, (iii) intellectual property, (iv) competition/anti-trust law and (v) reimbursement matters.

Drafting and negotiating a range of commercial contracts, including contracts for the supply of goods and services.

Reviewing and advising on promotional and media relations materials.

Managing corporate/commercial or other litigation through external counsel as required.

Assisting compliance and privacy functions with interpretation and application of relevant codes and regulations.

Demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills, together with a high ability to influence and negotiate.

Demonstrate a professional and culturally sensitive work ethic.

Experience representing clients in the pharmaceutical industry in Canada.

In-house pharmaceutical experience is preferred, but not required.

Strong business acumen with strategic ability.

Understands multiple underlying dynamics affecting Takeda Canada and, over time, makes strategic decisions based on these factors.

Considers how business plans might be affected by future development and trends.

Takes a leadership role in project implementation.

Able to successfully lead and influence cross-functional teams.

Accepts personal ownership for end outcomes.

Expresses responsibility for seeing a task to completion or achieving a desired result.

Able to advise on complex matters, develop solutions to mitigate risk, and provide recommendations as and when appropriate.

Education, Experience & Skills: J.D.

or LL.


Degree from an accredited law school.

Admission to the Law Society of Ontario.

At least 5 years of relevant post qualification legal experience.

Complete fluency in English; functional fluency (or greater) in French is considered an asset.

Professional training in Canadian corporate/commercial or pharmaceuticals law, gained at a highly regarded law firm or through in-house experience.

Locations Toronto, Canada Worker Type Employee Worker Sub-Type Regular Time Type Full time