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What the team is known for

This highly respected employment and labour team operates on both a provincial and federal level. Fasken's Toronto office has established a deep practice able to service high-profile national clients including private corporations and government entities. The group is active across a range of sectors, including transportation, telecommunications and banking, and often assists clients with international labour issues. It has extensive experience working with the government and employers on provincial labour and employment legislation, as well as handling significant mandates for noteworthy education and healthcare industry clients.


One client found the firm to be "bright, kind, helpful, accommodating, informative and realistic." The same client added: "They have represented our team in all matters with enthusiasm, knowledge, and respect."

Another interviewee enthused: "What sets them apart is that not only do they clearly have a firm grasp of the law, but they also can extrapolate the implications of the law on their clients."

Work highlights

Fasken's Toronto employment and labour team represents Air Canada in a variety of ongoing collective agreement arbitrations, labour relations board proceedings and health and safety claims.

Notable practitioners

Toronto-based Brian Burkett is a highly experienced senior employment lawyer who continues to advise high-profile federal clients on collective agreements and bargaining. He is also esteemed for providing companies with strategic employment advice, including on policy and legislative initiatives.
"Brian Burkett is a high-level strategic mind who is able to represent us in large-scale matters." "He is world-class."

Christopher Pigott is a prominent labour lawyer who is well versed in collective bargaining and employment-related disputes, providing strategic advice to both federal and provincial clients. He is particularly skilled in human rights cases and advising on federal policy initiatives.
"Christopher Piggott has a sharp legal mind and an unflappable demeanour. He truly understands business, is very responsive to client needs and is quick to complete projects even under the most tight timelines.""I really like him - he's analytical, and he's very good on the files we have him on. I really like talking things through with him."

Douglas Gilbert continues to be widely respected for his skills in assisting federal clients with a broad range of labour and employment matters. Based in Toronto, his recent work includes advising on employment policy, collective agreements and other employment matters resulting from organisational changes or restructurings.

Jackie VanDerMeulen is an increasingly well-regarded labour and employment lawyer who has notable experience in contentious employment matters such as wrongful terminations and discrimination claims. She represents both provincial and national clients and her expertise also extends to workplace human rights and collective bargaining issues.
"Jackie is very calm, reasonable and personable. She's firm and looks out for our interests as a paramount consideration." "She is very practical and great to have in a grievance arbitration."

Karen Sargeant co-chairs Fasken's labour and employment group in Toronto. She wins praise for representing both provincial and federal clients in the healthcare, education and industrial sectors and is particularly skilled in collective bargaining agreements, arbitration and employment-related litigation. She also advises on the employment aspects of corporate transactions.
"From the moment I met Karen Sargeant, I was impressed with her enthusiasm, communication and advocacy skills and professional demeanour. Karen is reliable, dedicated and eternally upbeat." "Karen is someone that I can always rely on to come prepared with every bit of information possible. I know that she will look at each case from all different angles to put our best foot forward."

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Part of your reputation depends on having a motivated workforce to implement your strategies and proactively manage risk.

Our advice is proactive, pragmatic and cost-effective. We’ll help you conclude innovative collective agreements or create risk management and compliance programs. If disputes arise, we’ll help you defuse tension among stakeholders and skillfully represent your interests in court, before tribunals or at arbitration.

With labour, employment and human rights lawyers in Johannesburg and across Canada as well as connections to experts around the world, we help employers from all facets of industry and government wherever they operate.

Ours is one of the largest national labour, employment and human rights practices in Canada. We’re proud to represent major federally regulated employers including banks, airlines, telecommunication companies and crown corporations as well as many significant employers in a broad range of provincially-regulated sectors such as retail, manufacturing, mining, agriculture, education, health and financial services.

Fasken also acts for many prominent foreign corporations ,providing specialized advice and representation in adapting their human resources strategies to the Canadian environment.

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Employment & Labour

Brian W Burkett
Senior Statespeople
Christopher Pigott
Band 5
Douglas Gilbert
Senior Statespeople
Jackie VanDerMeulen
Up and Coming
Karen Sargeant
Band 2