Our Services

Advocacy Work

As set out in greater detail here, we advise clients on legal matters and advocate for them at administrative tribunals, in arbitrations and civil proceedings, at professional discipline hearings and in inquiries and inquests.

French Language Services

We provide services in French to clients, including representation in court and at arbitration and advice in labour and employment matters.

Education and Training Services

We design and deliver educational and training seminars for clients and the public on substantive areas of law. We also provide hands-on skills training to stewards, grievance officers and others.

Our blog provides current information on legal and policy developments.

Consulting Services

We assist our clients in law reform initiatives and in shaping public policy in a range of areas, including equity and human rights law, pension and benefits law, airline industry restructuring, regulation of professionals, health law, education law, occupational health and safety, collective bargaining legislation, jurisdictional disputes, and issues in the construction industry. In addition to advising labour and professional organizations and administrative bodies, we provide consulting services to international organizations and non-governmental organizations.

Strategic Advice

Our lawyers provide strategic advice to our institutional clients. We assist unions in positioning themselves for organizing drives, collective bargaining, changes resulting from re‑organization and privatization, worker ownership, internal organizational issues and other issues affecting a union’s long-term goals.

In-House Counsel Services

We act as a resource to in-house counsel by consulting on complex litigation and acting as co-counsel on request. We also provide research and educational services to in-house counsel to assist them in meeting their organization’s legal and policy objectives.

Interest Arbitration

We represent a wide range of clients, including lawyers, health care workers and others, in interest arbitrations. We also sit as nominees on interest arbitration boards and other tribunals established to resolve collective agreements, salary or other issues.

Legal and Public Policy Research and Writing

We have a group of lawyers with specialized expertise in research, analysis and written advocacy. Their work includes providing written representation and written materials to clients including factums, opinions, briefs on government policy issues, labour board briefs and written submissions.

Collective Bargaining

In addition to providing advice and assistance to our clients on collective bargaining, we negotiate collective agreements for unions and other organizations.

Recent News

In the News/19 January 2021

Province Called on to Close Courts, Move to Remote Proceedings

A group of lawyers, judges and courthouse employees have signed a letter calling on the Government of Ontario to shut down in-person court proceedings... Read More
News/18 January 2021

"Accessing Personal WhatsApp Messages on Shared Work Laptop an Invasion of Privacy"

Sean Fitzpatrick and Michael Thorburn represented the Canadian Media Guild in Canadian Broadcasting Corporation v Canadian Media Guild, wher... Read More
News/26 November 2020

Ryan White Interviewed by Professor David Doorey of Osgoode Hall Law School

Ryan White speaks to LLM students regarding the OLRB's decision that Foodora couriers are employees and not independent contractors

Osgoode Hall's Professor David Doorey interviewed Ryan White regarding the Foodora Unionization Decision and its impact on the gig economy. Read More
News/13 November 2020

Cynthia Crysler appointed to FSRA Technical Advisory Committee on Public Sector Pension Plans

Cynthia Crysler was recently appointed to the FSRA Technical Advisory Committee on Public Sector Pension Plans.  The mandate of this committee is... Read More
News/15 October 2020

Danielle Bisnar Quoted in Law Times Article on Court Decision affecting Pay Equity for Nursing Home Workers

On October 15, Danielle Bisnar was quoted in a Law Times Article on the Ontario Government’s appeal of a 2019 decision involving nurses and othe... Read More
News/27 August 2020

Ontario Divisional Court Restores Public Health Order to Protect Migrant Farmworkers from COVID-19

On August 27, 2020, the Ontario Divisional court released its decision in Schuyler Farms Limited v. Dr. Nesathurai 2020 ONSC 4711, an appeal by the Me... Read More