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Employment & Labour | Canada

British Columbia

Employment covers both contentious and non-contentious employment matters relating to day-to-day business issues as well as mergers and takeovers. Includes employment litigation related to sex, race, and age discrimination. Lawyers also advise on the writing of policy handbooks for major corporates and HR training. Chambers Canada separately ranks lawyers and law firms who act exclusively for unions and employees. In Chambers Canada, labour law firms represent corporates in their dealings with union issues, collective bargaining agreements and strike avoidance. This section also covers occupational health and safety act legislation and proceedings before labour and industrial relations boards.

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Band 1
  1. Fasken
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    Fasken
    Employment & Labour
    2024 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Fasken is an esteemed national law firm with a highly respected employment and labour practice in Vancouver. It is appointed by employers ranging from regional companies to national and multinational corporations in sectors as diverse as retail, technology and energy. The firm advises on a broad array of matters, including collective bargaining agreements, labour relations and wrongful dismissal complaints. It possesses further expertise in human rights issues, including in relation to allegations of sexual harassment, and regularly handles matters relating to the employment aspects of large M&A transactions.
  2. Harris & Company
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    Harris & Company
    Employment & Labour
    2024 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Harris & Company is a first-rate boutique law firm with a deep bench of experienced lawyers. Based in Vancouver, it specialises in employment and labour law and offers a well-honed practice that caters to high-profile public institutions and private employers, notably in the healthcare and education sectors. The team is capable of handling a variety of matters ranging from collective bargaining agreements to human rights and wrongful dismissals. It also handles matters involving allegations of discrimination, including on the basis of sex and disability, and the firm is well recognised for its dynamic litigation practice.
  3. Roper Greyell LLP
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    Roper Greyell LLP
    Employment & Labour
    2024 | Band 1 | 9 Years Ranked
    Roper Greyell is a top-tier employment and labour law firm with a stellar reputation in British Columbia. Its accomplished bench of lawyers has expertise in areas such as collective bargaining, wrongful dismissals, occupational health and safety and employment contracts. The firm regularly represents public and private sector employers in high-profile mandates. It is experienced in dealing with unions and advising on applications to unionise. Roper's extensive client base spans industries such as retail, agriculture and financial services.
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Band 2
  1. Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
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    Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
    Employment & Labour
    2024 | Band 2 | 7 Years Ranked
    Borden Ladner Gervais maintains a dynamic employment and labour practice in Vancouver which is aided by the firm's strong national footprint. The firm offers a range of employment and labour-related services, advising on human rights issues, labour relations, terminations and other litigation. The team also has experience handling the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions. It represents public and private companies hailing from sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare and construction. The firm also retains extensive knowledge of federally regulated industries such as banking, railways, airlines and shipping.
  2. Lawson Lundell LLP
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    Lawson Lundell LLP
    Employment & Labour
    2024 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    Lawson Lundell is a well-regarded regional firm operating out of Vancouver and across Western Canada. It advises local and national employers on all aspects of labour and employment law, with notable areas of expertise including collective bargaining agreements, grievance arbitrations, labour relations and pension and benefits litigation. The firm and its lawyers have experience acting for clients in the mining, hospitality and retail sectors, with workplace human rights issues, wrongful dismissals and privacy matters accounting for much of its robust workload. In addition to representing employers, the firm possesses further expertise in representing plaintiff employees.
  3. Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
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    Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
    Employment & Labour
    2024 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark is an experienced labour and employment boutique with capabilities across Canada and a particularly accomplished office in Vancouver. The firm offers expertise in a wide range of mandates, including collective bargaining, union certification and occupational health and safety. Its lawyers are especially strong at handling grievance arbitrations brought both by unions and individual employees. It also has notable experience representing employers from the food production and construction sectors in labour relations matters, and has also assisted with large-scale terminations as a result of restructuring.
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Band 3
  1. Farris LLP
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    Farris LLP
    Employment & Labour
    2024 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    Farris offers a strong, full-service employment and labour practice in British Columbia. The firm has offices in Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria, and is often selected to advise employers on both unionised and non-unionised workplace issues. It also frequently acts on employment contracts, strikes and lockouts, as well as unfair labour practice cases. The lawyers also have experience handling human rights complaints, notably when pertaining to allegations of discrimination. Telecommunications, real estate and education are among the diverse range of sectors from which the team's client base originates.
  2. McCarthy Tétrault LLP
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    McCarthy Tétrault LLP
    Employment & Labour
    2024 | Band 3 | 6 Years Ranked
    McCarthy Tétrault is a distinguished national law firm with an accomplished labour and employment team in Vancouver whose lawyers are well practised across a range of matters. These include unionisations, wrongful dismissal claims and human rights complaints. The group is also adept at advising on the employment aspects of high-profile M&A transactions. Many of the firm's clients come from the telecoms, transport and financial services sectors.
  3. Norton Rose Fulbright
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    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Employment & Labour
    2024 | Band 3 | 8 Years Ranked
    The Vancouver office of Norton Rose Fulbright houses a robust employment and labour practice which advises on a broad spectrum of matters. Its lawyers are regularly selected by employers to assist with collective agreements, human rights claims and labour disputes. The team's further experience includes advising on strike contingency planning and issues concerning pensions. The firm has a broad client base that includes government entities, municipalities, regulatory authorities and healthcare providers, among others. It is further noted for its growing expertise in areas such as workplace mental health, post-employment restrictive covenants and alcohol and drug testing.
  4. Gall Legge Grant Zwack LLP
    Employment & Labour
    2024 | Band 3
  5. Pulver Crawford Munroe LLP
    Employment & Labour
    2024 | Band 3