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Firm Profile

Harris & Company

Firm Profile

Vancouver

  • Profile
  • 14th Floor, Bentall 5
  • 550 Burrard Street
  • Vancouver
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • BC V6C 2B5

Firm profile submitted by Harris & Company

Managing Partner: Colin G. M. Gibson
Number of partners: 29
Number of lawyers: 45
Languages: English

Firm Overview: Harris & Company LLP has grown to become the largest management-side employment and labour law firm in Western Canada due to the skill, credibility, and conduct of their lawyers. Harris practitioners work with senior management, HR professionals, and in-house counsel to ensure clients have the information necessary to make sound decisions, solve problems, and take action to meet their goals. By specialising in labour and employment, clients are confident they are working with an experienced team who understand the legal framework of workplace law and are knowledgeable about recent developments, significant decisions, and emerging issues.

Labour

Employment

Human Rights

Education

Information & Privacy Law

Litigation

Workers’ Compensation

Business Immigration

Pension & Benefits

Main Areas of Practice: Labour:

Harris understands the employer-union relationship and offers employers a full range of labour law services. The firm's approach is people-focused, based on building strong, genuine, and long-term relationships with its clients and helping them maintain lasting relationships with their workforces. Practitioners gain an understanding of their client’s business and culture, often visiting them in the field to see their client’s operations firsthand. The team then draws on knowledge of the industry and the law to offer practical solutions to legal issues.

Contact:

Eric J. Harris, Q.C.

Tel:

604 891 2222

Email:

[email protected]

Employment:

Harris advises non-union clients on all aspects of the employment relationship. The firm bases its advice on: knowledge of the client’s strategic, personal, and business goals; specific issues in the workplace; and, the overall legal and business considerations in the industry. Harris provides clients with efficient and cost-effective advice through a range of in-house experience, combining leaders in the field with best-in-class new talent.

Contact:

Colin G. M. Gibson

Tel:

604 891 2212

Email:

[email protected]

Human Rights:

Harris lawyers provide strategic and thoughtful advice on all aspects of the Human Rights Code, provincial and federal human rights statutes, and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Practitioners work with employers to identify potential risks and to ensure their workplace culture addresses new and changing legal realities. When a problem arises, Harris has the breadth and depth of experience to provide strategy, investigate complaints, and represent employers at tribunals.

Contact:

Adriana F. Wills

Tel:

604 891 2201

Email:

[email protected]

Litigation:

Harris understands that litigation can be expensive, so it helps clients first examine preventative and cost-effective alternatives such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. When needed, however, Harris litigators vigorously and skillfully pursue all avenues of litigation. The team brings broad experience working with a variety of sectors and industries, combined with specialised knowledge about employment, shareholder, and partnerships issues.

Contacts:

Nazeer T. Mitha

Tel:

604 891 2223

Email:

[email protected]

Education Law:

Harris is a leader in education law in British Columbia representing and providing strategic and principled advice to K-12 school boards and post-secondary insitutions across the province. Harris understands these insitutions and the challenges they face; it provides advice to assist them fulfill their educational mandate by preventing and solving problems in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Contact:

Lindsie M. Thomson

Tel:

604 891 2226

Email:

[email protected]

Information & Privacy:

Harris has significant expertise advising provincially regulated public bodies on their obligations under FIPPA; federally regulated private sector employers on their obligations under PIPEDA; and private sector employers on issues arising under PIPA. Privacy practitioners help clients navigate the competing obligations under this complex legislative framework and have represented clients in numerous complaints, inquiries, and reviews before the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

Contact:

Suzanne M. Kennedy

Tel:

604 891 2216

Email:

[email protected]

Workers’ Compensation/OH&S:

Employers must carefully manage workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety issues because failure to do so can lead to increased insurance assessments and even criminal sanctions. Harris works with employers, using industry-leading, in-depth knowledge of and experience with federal and provincial statues and regulations, to help them fulfill their legal rights and obligations, prevent future problems, and reduce costs. If a claim or incident does arise in the workplace, Harris’ team of practitioners help employers navigate the perplexing administrative processes, and will represent them fully to protect their interests.

Contact:

Andrew C. Wood

Tel:

604 891 2242

Email:

[email protected]

Branches

  • 14th Floor, Bentall 5,
  • 550 Burrard Street,
  • Vancouver,
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • BC V6C 2B5
  • Tel +1 604 684 6633
  • Fax +1 604 684 6632
  • Website : www.harrisco.com