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Philip practices in the areas of professional regulation and labour law, primarily providing advocacy for health care professionals in grievance arbitrations and at professional Colleges.  He also represents employees in investigations, quasi-criminal regulatory proceedings and at Coroners' Inquests. 

In 2004, Philip graduated from the University of Toronto with a combined J.D. and M.A. in International Relations. He articled at Cavalluzzo, and then returned to practice labour arbitration, professional regulation and criminal defence work, providing representation for union members in a variety of proceedings. After living in Ireland for a few years, Philip returned to Cavalluzzo.  He continues to represent both individuals and unions in diverse fora including the Labour Board, grievance arbitration, professional Colleges, Coroner's Inquests, and at all levels of courts in Ontario.

Notable Cases

  • In St. Michael's Hospital v. Ontario Nurses' Association CANLII 82519, for the second time in Ontario, ONA persuaded an arbitrator that a hospital policy requiring nurses who had not received the seasonal influenza vaccine to wear a surgical or procedural mask for the majority of the flu season was unreasonable. The decision relied in large part on the expert evidence called by ONA, and cross-examinations of the Hospital experts.
  • In Humber River Hospital v Ontario Nurses’ Association, 2017 CanLII 58708 (ON LA) and Humber River Hospital v Ontario Nurses’ Association, 2017 CanLII 83072 (ON LA) successfully overturned the termination of a nurse, and obtained a substantial amount of damages in lieu of reinstatement, without deductions for mitigation.
  • Persuaded the arbitrator that the union's interpretation of a collective agreement amendment was correct Mount Sinai Hospital v Ontario Nurses’ Association, 2017 CanLII 85651 (ON LA) .
  • Represented ONA in a Coroner's Inquest into the death of a patient who was restrained in a psychiatric facility, and persuaded the jury to make recommendations for staff training and education: Inquest into the death of: Nokolaos Mpelos (Oct. 16 - Nov. 7, 2017).
  • Sault Ste. Marie Area  Hospital and Ontario Nurses' Association, 2015 CanLII 55643 (ON LA): With Kate Hughes, overturned an unreasonable Hospital policy which required nurses to wear a surgical mask for the duration of the influenza season if they had not received the influenza vaccination.
  • Inquest Into the Death of Jeffrey Baldwin, 2013: With Freya Kristjanson, represented the surviving siblings of Jeffrey Baldwin in Inquest addressing child welfare in Ontario.
  • As part of a team of Cavalluzzo lawyers acting for two public complainants and the CCLA, obtained a finding of misconduct against Supt. Fenton in relation to mass arrests he ordered during the G20 held in Toronto in 2010, and successfully argued for an increased penalty on appeal to the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (Fenton, Supt. Mark v. Toronto Police Service, 2017 ONCPC 15 (CanLII))
  • Ontario College of Teachers v. William Fabel, 2005 – 2008: With David Bloom, successfully defended licence of teacher accused of multiple allegations of professional misconduct.
  • Inquest Into the Deaths of Pedro Lopez and Ezelldine El-Roubie ("Casa Verde" Inquest), 2005: With Kate Hughes, represented the Ontario Nurses' Association as a party with public interest standing in Inquest addressing behavioural issues and resident safety in Long-Term Care facilities.


  • Call to the Bar, 2005
  • University of Toronto, J.D. and M.A. in International Relations, 2004

Related Events

Event/Mar 1, 2019: 09:00 - 16:00

Phil Abbink Speaks at Labour Arbitration Advocacy: Focus on Evidence Conference

Phil Abbink speaks at the Advocates' Society Conference, "Labour Arbitration Advocacy:  Focus on Evidence."  This conference will drill down...
Event/Mar 26, 2017

Phil Abbink Speaks at "Harassment in the Workplace: Understanding the New Obligations" LSUC Conference

Phil Abbink speaks at the Law Society of Upper Canada's conference on "Harassment in the Workplace: Understanding The New Obligations". He will b...

Related Publications

Article/1 December 2006

Reporting Obligations: When Professionals Need to Make Reports

Under a number of different statutes, professionals are faced with the difficult duty of having to report certain kinds of misconduct by their colleag... Read More
Article/1 March 2006

The Constitutional Guarantee Against Unreasonable Search & Seizure

The statutory regimes that govern regulated health professionals and teachers are created by legislation. The Regulated Health Professions Act (&ldquo... Read More
Article/1 November 2005

Professionals and Multiple Proceedings: A Summary of the “Sclater” Decision

In the recent case of The Simcoe County Board of Education and Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (Sclater Grievance) (2005), 140 L.A.C.... Read More


Case/23 June 2010

Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. Toronto Police Service

Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. Toronto Police Service, 2010 ONSC 3525. Long Range Acoustical Devices (“LRAD”), colloquially descr...
Case/6 October 2014

Counsel to the surviving siblings of Jeffrey Baldwin in Coroner’s Inquest into the Death of Jeffrey Baldwin

Counsel to Surviving Siblings in Coroner’s Inquest into the Death of Jeffrey Baldwin, 2013 - February, 2014.  A copy of the Chief Coroner's...
Case/6 September 2018

St. Michael's Hospital v. Ontario Nurses' Association, CANLII 82519

Kate Hughes, Philip Abbink  and Tyler Boggs act for the Ontario Nurses' Association in  St. Michael's Hospital v. Ontario Nurses' Associatio...
Case/18 December 2017

Mount Sinai Hospital v Ontario Nurses’ Association

Philip Abbink acted for  the Ontario Nurses' Association in  Mount Sinai Hospital v Ontario Nurses’ Association.

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