Bennett Jones LLP

Employment & Labour Department

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What the team is known for Robust regional practice with noted expertise in complex transactional-related employment mandates including M&A and restructuring proceedings. Has further strength in an array of other issues such as disability claims, privacy, health and safety, compensation and workplace investigations. Regularly acts before courts, labour boards and human rights tribunals in these matters. The firm also handles union and labour issues. It offers advice to clients in sectors such as real estate, energy and natural resources and maintains a substantive level of activity in complex, high-value litigation.

Strengths One client enthused: "Their major strength is that they're very practical - they'll work on solutions with you rather than telling you what you can or cannot do."

Another client elaborated: "From the very first call, they were very, very available and really great at talking us through the process."

Work highlights Acted for the Walton Group on the employment aspects of the restructuring of 130 of its entities.

Notable practitioners

John Batzel is praised by clients for being "collaborative" and is particularly well known for providing employment advice in the context of M&A deals. He also advises on employment litigation including appearing before the appellate courts.

John Gilmore has a significant reputation for his work advising on the employment aspects of large M&A transactions and corporate restructurings. He has notable experience advising on labour relations, human rights and privacy law.