We act in litigation involving government. Our constitutional law experience spans division of powers claims, litigation under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 and Charter of Rights and Freedoms cases involving freedom of expression, opinion and belief; freedom of religion and conscience; the right to life, liberty and security of the person; and equality rights. We have advocated for the rights of Indigenous peoples, women, LGBTQ people, persons with disabilities, persons who use illicit drugs, political and other dissenters, and poor people. We have advocated for clients challenging the constitutionality of laws and for those who have been subjected to unconstitutional state action.
In addition, we have experience with claims under British Columbia’s Human Rights Code and we apply our knowledge of international human rights law in the Canadian context.
We also regularly act as counsel before administrative tribunals, in judicial review proceedings and in appeals.
Litigation of Indigenous Interests
We represent Indigenous clients in Aboriginal rights and title claims; proceedings to ascertain and interpret treaty rights; claims for interference with and damage to our clients’ lands; and other litigation aimed at protecting the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples.
We are pleased to take conduct of, or assist with, matters for Indigenous clients, including on referral.
We counsel and represent clients at all stages of the dispute resolution process, from pre-commencement advice and assessment, through pre-trial steps, mediation, arbitration or trial and, where appropriate, appeal. We are known for finding pathways to equitable solutions in complex disputes, and we have a solid record in the court and arbitration room.
Work-Related Legal Issues
We represent clients with employment-related legal issues, including personal and sexual harassment complaints and work-related human rights complaints.
We also help individuals obtain appropriate compensation for workplace injuries, work-related psychological conditions and occupational diseases. Our lawyers have secured significant victories for working people through judicial review of workers’ compensation decisions and actions.