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Legal Counsel – Commercial Leasing and Real Estate

Loblaw Companies Ltd - Head Office

This is a Contract position in Brampton, ON posted January 23, 2023.

Referred applicants should not apply directly to this role.

All referred applicants must first be submitted through Workday by a current Loblaw Colleague.

Location:

1 Presidents Choice Circle, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5S5

At Loblaw, we help millions of Canadians get through their best days, worst days, celebration days, and every day. Through our innovation and quality products, we’re here for our friends, neighbours, family members and colleagues.

We succeed through collaboration and commitment and set a high bar for ourselves and those around us.

We’re looking for adaptable people who are thrilled to join us in our goal of helping Canadians Live Life Well®. Whether you are just starting your career, re-entering the workforce, or looking for a new job, this is where you belong. We promote leaders at every level and support our people to follow their passion.

COMMERCIAL LEASING AND REAL ESTATE LAWYER

Why is this role important?

Loblaw Companies Limited (Loblaw) is Canada’s food leader and the nation’s largest retailer, with a network of over 1,200 corporate and independently-operated stores in communities across the country, operating under various banners including Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Zehrs, No Frills, T&T Supermarket and Fortinos.   Recently named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers (2021), Greater Toronto’s Top Employers (2021) and Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (2021), Loblaw values and respects its employees and has created an excellent environment in which to work.

Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. (Shoppers) is one of the most recognized and trusted names in Canadian retailing, with over 1,200 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores ranging across all ten provinces, as well as the Yukon and Northwest Territories.  A Canadian success story celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Shoppers is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada, proudly serving Canadians who believe being healthy means looking and feeling good.

Together, we employ more than 200,000 Canadians, making us one of Canada’s largest private sector employers.  We look for colleagues who value the same things that we do, and who are passionate about quality customer service.  Our goal is to be the best in food, health and beauty – to help Canadians Live Life Well®.

Role Overview

Are you a lawyer with an interest in commercial leasing, but don’t want to just pump out lease after lease?  Do you have experience practicing various aspects of law related to commercial leasing, real estate and redevelopment work?   Are you interested in the world of retail operations?   If so, the Loblaw Real Estate legal team is the place for you!  We are an energetic team of lawyers, law clerks and assistants who interact and work closely with one of the largest leasing, real estate, construction and maintenance business teams in Canada.  We don’t just focus on the law, we also help our business colleagues provide the best physical and operational network of grocery and drug stores in the country.  From navigating day-to-day tenant operational leasing issues, to dealing with construction site matters, to collaborating on complex redevelopment projects with our landlords, we work on a wide array of projects in a fast-paced environment, and no day is ever the same.  We consider ourselves first and foremost retail lawyers, who just happen to practice commercial leasing and real estate law.    

We are currently seeking a lawyer with a strong interest and experience in the retail industry, commercial leasing, construction/redevelopment projects and real estate transactions to join our legal department.  Reporting to the Senior Director, Legal Counsel for Loblaw Real Estate, the successful candidate will provide legal services to many business groups within Loblaw and Shoppers on a wide variety of matters that touch upon real estate.  This is an exciting and rare opportunity to join a dynamic and collegial team that works hard and has fun doing it!  In addition to being a commercial leasing lawyer, you will be a trusted business advisor and have access to a variety of opportunities for both professional and personal growth.

Loblaw offers an agile, hybrid work environment, with the opportunity to work in part remotely, and in part in-person, at Loblaw’s head office in Brampton or Loblaw’s various other office locations in the GTA.   

The responsibilities of this position will include:

  • Reviewing, negotiating and drafting commercial leasing documents including ground leases, mixed-use development leases, multi-tenant shopping centre leases, offers, amendments, assignments, subleases and consents on behalf of Loblaw and Shoppers primarily as tenant, but also as a landlord of our in-store tenants
  • Preparing documentation and conducting due diligence for sale/leaseback transactions with our largest landlord, Choice Properties
  • Negotiating and drafting documentation in relation to complex redevelopment projects that impact the operation of our grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Performing real estate/leasing due diligence and documentation for cross-functional projects and key initiatives that involve the Loblaw and Shoppers real estate portfolios
  • Developing creative solutions and drafting or reviewing real estate/leasing documentation for our e-commerce and other retail divisions
  • Involvement in expropriations work, municipal development work, and environmental matters
  • Conducting analysis and preparing legal opinions regarding the interpretation of various real estate related documents and legislation
  • Advising business colleagues and drafting correspondence in relation to landlord/tenant disputes

What You’ll Need:

  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario
  • 5+ years post-call experience obtained at a major law firm or corporation either: (1) primarily in the area of commercial leasing or (2) as a generalist real estate lawyer having had exposure to commercial leasing, real estate transactional work, and redevelopment work
  • Experience in environmental, construction and/or regulatory law is an asset

You are a person who:

  • makes connections with people and builds trust
  • takes initiative and is a team-player with a professional manner
  • has excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills
  • pays strong attention to detail
  • is deal driven and proactive in advancing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment
  • is solutions oriented and is able to balance legal and business issues

Loblaw is committed to sustainability by sourcing products with integrity and making a positive difference in the community. Our CORE Values – Care, Ownership, Respect and Excellence – guide all our decision-making and come to life through our Blue Culture. We offer our colleagues progressive careers, comprehensive training, flexibility, and other competitive benefits – these are some of the many reasons why we are one of Canada’s Top Employers, Canada’s Best Diversity Employers, Canada’s Greenest Employers & Canada’s Top Employers for Young People.

Employment Type:

Full time

Type of Role:

Regular

We have a long-standing focus on diversity, equity and inclusion because we know it will make our company a better place to work and shop. We are committed to creating accessible environments for our colleagues, candidates and customers. Requests for accommodation due to a disability (which may be visible or invisible, temporary or permanent) can be made at any stage of application and employment. We encourage candidates to make their accommodation needs known so that we can provide equitable opportunities.    

Please Note:
Candidates who are 18 years or older are required to complete a criminal background check. Details will be provided through the application process.