Intelligent, constructive, results-driven.
Legal advice for individuals, unions and other progressive organizations
We encourage our clients to work with us to avoid litigation wherever possible. That can mean anything from a quick phone call to one of us before making a time-sensitive decision, to a comprehensive legal opinion on a complicated issue, to assistance in drafting a new policy or developing a strategic approach to a difficult challenge. It can mean us negotiating on your behalf or working with you behind the scenes to advise on difficult negotiations with an employer. It always means you can be confident you have the best legal advice and a solid plan to get you where you need to be.
Sometimes litigation is the best way forward. When it is, we fight smart to defend and advance your interests. We save the legalese for the courtroom and communicate clearly and regularly with you to ensure that every step of the litigation is getting us closer to achieving your objectives.
We provide a full spectrum of litigation services but have particular expertise in the following.
- Labour Litigation for Unions
- Employment law for individuals
- Public interest law for groups seeking institutional change
- Pension law
- Human rights law
- Privacy law
We are skilled negotiators. We believe optimism, tenacity and creativity are essential elements in achieving the deal you need and that the other side can live with. Whether it is a multi-party collective agreement, an individual employment contract or a book deal, we can help you get the deal that you need.
Capacity development and training programs
Gary and Joanna develop and deliver customized training programs to stewards, staff and union leadership in labour and human rights law, negotiation skills, strategies for facing management, interest-based communication, mediation skills and problem-solving.
Services for progressive employers
Traditional human resources advice is often inconsistent with the core values of Unions and other progressive organizations. We can help you to develop and implement policies and processes that are consistent with your values. We also conduct workplace investigations, organizational audits and are skilled mediators and facilitators.