OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

When workplace disputes result in litigation or complaints before administrative tribunals, business entities, including some of Canada’s largest employers, retain Blakes for strategic advice and representation. We possess particular expertise in employment and labour law matters and class actions.

Public- and private-sector clients hire us when workplace disputes arise because of our courtroom skill and winning strategies. Our Employment Litigation lawyers represent employers in the enforcement of non-competition and trade secrets agreements, discrimination and harassment claims, wrongful dismissal cases and related mediation processes. We have litigated contractual and compensation issues, disputes with unions, claims of human rights violations, as well as disputes related to disability accommodations, pay equity, occupational health and safety, and workplace safety and insurance issues.

We work closely with clients to develop strategies for risk avoidance. However, when litigation is unavoidable and clients face large, document-intensive cases, we integrate project management and e-discovery teams, excellent paralegal support, and leading-edge document management technology to manage matters efficiently and cost-effectively. In each instance, our lawyers strategize with clients to determine the best course of action. When aggressive litigation makes the most sense, we take cases to trial and appellate levels, in courts and before tribunals and government agencies. When quick or quiet resolution is the best course of action, we are equally skilled at resolving disputes at the negotiating table and at mediation.

Blakes lawyers are also retained to act as nominees on boards of arbitration and utilize those opportunities to mediate solutions for clients. Additionally, we attend arbitration hearings on behalf of management and have represented clients in judicial reviews of arbitrators' decisions.

Recognized as one of the leading Canadian law firms in defending class action suits across the country, Blakes is the firm of choice when class action suits are threatened. Our lawyers have expertise defending domestic and multinational companies against employment-related claims brought on behalf of province-wide classes of employees or former employees. We regularly represent clients on matters before courts at all levels throughout Canada as well as appear before provincial labour relations boards and the Canada Industrial Relations Board.

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4080
Areas of Expertise: Pensions & Benefits, Pension Litigation, Employment & Labour, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Labour Law, Human Rights & Accommodation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2585
Areas of Expertise: Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Executive Compensation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Cannabis
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9709
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9677
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Employment Litigation, Labour Law
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5050
Areas of Expertise: Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Labour Law, Freedom of Information
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3366
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Labour Law, Cannabis
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3327
Areas of Expertise: Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Labour Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy, Pensions & Benefits, Executive Compensation, Freedom of Information, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4149
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Human Rights & Accommodation, Health & Safety, Employment Litigation
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4120
Areas of Expertise: Employment Litigation, Health & Safety, Human Rights & Accommodation, Labour Law, Pensions & Benefits
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9798
Areas of Expertise: Employment Litigation, Labour Law, Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5255
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Human Rights & Accommodation, Employment Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5263
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment Law, Employment Litigation, Human Rights & Accommodation, Executive Compensation
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