We build a positive ethos through our practice.

Wise Counsel

Ethos Law Group LLP are known for wise counsel. We listen to our clients’ concerns and find out what they want to achieve. We reflect on the legal issues with discernment.   And, because legal problems don’t always fit into neat pigeonholes, we’ll think outside the box to achieve practical and principled results. Problem solved.

Committed to Community

Values are important to us. We practise law because we want to make our communities better: fairer, more inclusive and more just. We bring those commitments to every retainer, every time. That’s why we’re proud to work with justice-seeking individuals and progressive organisations of all sizes.

Experience that Matters

Mary Childs and Monique Pongracic-Speier are regularly called on for advice within their areas of concentration by individuals, organisations and other lawyers. We appreciate the trust that our clients and colleagues show in us, and we’re committed to ensuring that it is well-earned.

What we do.

We work in the areas of public law and private law that we know best. We believe that by targeting select areas of the law, we enhance our legal judgment and effectiveness, so we can work creatively and effectively for each client.
  • Aboriginal Law

    Monique is proud to assist First Nations clients with their litigation needs, including treaty cases and specific claims.

  • Administrative Law

    Monique works extensively in administrative law, including representing clients before tribunals, in judicial review proceedings and on appeals.

  • Appellate Litigation

    Monique has an active appellate practice, focusing on matters at the British Columbia Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Business Law

    Mary advises businesses on legal matters big and small. She can answer day to day business law questions as well as helping with significant transactions.

  • Civil Litigation

    Monique represents clients in complex civil litigation, including: claims against government, employment-related matters, and major employment, insurance, personal injury and fatality claims.

  • Constitutional Law and Human Rights

    Monique has extensive experience with Charter and other constitutional claims and represents clients in all kinds of human rights matters.

  • Co-op Law

    Mary has worked with many co-operatives and understands their concerns. She is familiar with the legal framework that sets co-ops apart from other organisations.

  • Information and Privacy Law

    Privacy law applies to every organisation and business in BC; Mary can advise you on complying with the rules, and can help you respond to information requests.

  • Labour and Employment Law

    We help working people and labour organizations with work-related issues, including human rights, disability and harassment claims. We also help progressive employers create better workplaces.

  • Non-profit, Foundation and Charity Law

    We understand the special needs and concerns of not-for-profit clients. We can help with your legal issues so you can focus on your mission.

  • Wills and Estates

    Preparing a will reduces the challenges facing those who survive you. Mary can create wills and related documents which reflect your wishes for the future. She can also help with probate applications.

  • Workers’ Compensation

    Monique regularly represents people with claims for workplace injuries, work-related mental disorders, occupational diseases and workplace fatalities.

What our clients say

Monique works tirelessly to promote the legal rights of workers throughout British Columbia.   Recently, Monique represented the Community Legal Assistance Society and the BC Federation of Labour in a very important workers compensation appeal.  She did outstanding work in both the BC Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada seeking to protect access to justice for injured workers.   We are incredibly grateful for her help.   Workers in BC are so fortunate to have a dedicated, skilled, and knowledgeablelawyer like Monique on their side.

Community Legal Assistance Society

Mary Childs and Ethos Law Group have been trusted, valued advisors to us and our clients for over a decade. Mary and her team have a deep understanding of the needs of change-making, mission-driven organizations. We highly recommend Ethos Law to anyone who is the business of making positive change.

John Kay, CEO, Realize Strategies Co-operative

"For many years, Monique has represented and helped our members navigate WCB claims and appeals.  Her vast experience and excellent track record speak to just how valuable it is to have her in your corner."

Jason Amesbury, Business Manager, UA Local 516

“I have dealt with Monique Pongracic-Speier from Ethos Law Group LLP on two very complex legal issues. I found her be very professional, competent and reliable. She was able to secure a reliable network of specialty services where needed.  It was a pleasure to work with Monique and I would highly recommend her for  professional, competent, cost effective and client centered legal services.”

Large non-profit organization in Vancouver

"We have been working with Ethos Law Group since 2010, and we have consulted with Mary Childs on employment contracts, trade-secret agreements, shareholders agreement, privacy legislation, and legal framework around best practices on a variety of issues.  We found Mary to be responsive, efficient, knowledgeable, and most importantly she understands our company culture and her advice is tailored to the specific needs of our situation."

Local medium-sized high tech company

News and Events

Wow, what an honour!

Ethos is proud that Monique Pongracic-Speier was among the 27 lawyers appointed as Queen’s Counsel by the Attorney General of British Columbia today.  The Queen’s Counsel designation is an honorary title conferred on the members of the legal profession who are nominated by their peers, as individuals who are “learned in the law for the […]