Birch practises in the areas of employment and privacy and cybersecurity law. She provides advice to clients in respect of all laws relating to workplace issues, including recruiting, hiring, discipline, terminations, employment and labour standards, human rights, disability and benefits, and alcohol and drug testing. She also advises on the collection, use and disclosure of personal, health, sensitive, technological and other types of information, such as the application of provincial and federal privacy and anti-spam laws. Birch is a member of the Blakes cybersecurity practice group and has extensive experience advising clients with respect to cybersecurity and privacy guidelines.
In addition, Birch assists clients with drafting and reviewing employment and privacy-related documentation, ranging from employment and independent contractor agreements, severance packages and confidentiality agreements to non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, as well as workplace policies and handbooks. She is also well versed in litigation, tribunal and arbitrations matters, including wrongful dismissal, provincial and federal privacy commission, employment and labour standards and human rights commission matters.
Birch has extensive transactional experience, regularly advising on the privacy, labour and employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining Blakes, she was a partner at another international law firm.