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Managing Partner: Joshua Phillips
Number of partners: 11 Number of lawyers: 27
Languages: English, French

Firm Overview:
Based in Toronto, Canada, Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP specialises in labour, employment and criminal law. Their lawyers provide advice and representation to unions, professional associations and individual employees with respect to all aspects of the work relationship, including labour relations litigation, human rights, pension and employment benefits, health and safety, workers’ compensation, professional discipline, criminal defence, civil litigation including appellate work, Charter of Rights and public interest advocacy and class actions. Their criminal defence lawyers also represent individuals charged under the Criminal Code, and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. They also have considerable experience representing current and former employees in bankruptcy and insolvency litigation.

Main Areas of Practice:

Labour Law:

Has provided counsel to numerous trade unions for several decades. Representation in collective bargaining; arbitrations; judicial review and appellate work; Charter challenges; class actions; pay equity; workplace safety and workers’ compensation; labour board proceedings; internal union affairs; etc.
Key Clients: Public Sector Unions, Private Sector Unions, Construction Unions, Police Associations
Contact: Susan Ursel Tel: 416 969 3515
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Joshua Phillips Tel: 416 969 3514
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Ian Fellows Tel: 416 969 3511
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Gary Hopkinson Tel: 416 969 3516
Email: [email protected]

Employment Law:
Represents non-unionised employees with respect to wrongful dismissals, employment contracts, human rights issues and other litigation.
Contact: Joshua Phillips Tel: 416 969 3514
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Andrea Wobick Tel: 416 969 3517
Email: [email protected]

Human Rights Law:
Represents unions and individuals before human rights tribunals to protect human rights in the workplace and beyond. Recent cases include successful human rights case asserting the right of a transgender person to have a genderneutral sex marker on their birth certificate.
Contact: Susan Ursel Tel: 416 969 3515
Email: [email protected]

Criminal Law:
Provides criminal defence representation to trade union and professional association members who are charged with Criminal Code offences arising out of employment. Provides proactive and aggressive criminal defence from an employee’s first appearance through the resolution of the matter, whether at trial or on appeal.
Contact: Zachary Kerbel Tel: 416 969 3061
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Saman Wickramasinghe Tel: 416 969 3513
Email: [email protected]

Bankruptcy & Insolvency:
The firm has broad experience as court-appointed counsel in Canadian insolvency proceedings for employees and retirees in major cases under the Company Creditors’ Arrangement Act.
Key Clients: current and former employees of Sears Canada Inc.; retirees of Essar Steel Algoma Inc.; Air Canada Union retirees.
Contact: Susan Ursel Tel: 416 969 3515
Email: [email protected]

Pensions & Benefits:
The firm has a breadth of experience in pension and benefits law. Advises and represent unions, plans and their boards of trustees, as well as employee groups on a broad range of pension and benefit related matters, including plan design; trusts issues; litigation; regulatory issues; collective bargaining issues; etc.
Contact: Susan Ursel Tel: 416 969 3515
Email: [email protected]

Professional Discipline:
The firm has experience in representation of professionals before their regulatory bodies in matters of professional discipline and fitness to practice.
Contact: Joshua Phillips Tel: 416 969 3514
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Andrea Wobick Tel: 416 969 3517
Email: [email protected]