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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Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4277
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour
Trainee Lawyer | Al-Khobar
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9342
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Middle East
Consultant | Al-Khobar
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9335
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Middle East
Consultant | Al-Khobar
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9337
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Middle East, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Employment & Labour
Trainee Lawyer | Al-Khobar
Al-Khobar: +966-13-847-5050 x9330
Areas of Expertise: Foreign Investment, Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Middle East
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4336
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, United States
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5250
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4080
Areas of Expertise: Pensions & Benefits, Pensions & Benefits, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Defence
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9666
Areas of Expertise: Construction, Energy, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2585
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Pensions & Benefits, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Cannabis
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9709
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3176
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Employment & Labour, Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Labour
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5050
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Privacy
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3366
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Cannabis
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-5223
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3327
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privacy, Pensions & Benefits, Pensions & Benefits, Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Government & Public Sector
Senior Counsel | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9770
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Defence
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4149
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Cannabis
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4120
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Pensions & Benefits
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9798
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Privacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Pensions & Benefits, Pensions & Benefits, Privacy, Cybersecurity
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3329
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9613
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Privacy, Government & Public Sector, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9698
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour, Commercial Real Estate, Environmental, Banking, Oil & Gas
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5255
Areas of Expertise: Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Employment & Labour, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9749
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Employment & Labour
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