Patricia is the Chair of our Labour and Employment Law Group and has extensive experience in all facets of labour relations, employment and human rights law.
Patricia spent two years as Legal Assistant to the Chair of the British Columbia Labour Relations Board before entering private practice. Patricia acts as counsel and provides strategic and tactical advice to the firm’s corporate and institutional clients emphasizing preventative aspects of labour and employment law.
In addition to the day to day strategic advice to management in all areas of labour and employment, Patricia's practice includes collective bargaining, as well as appearing as counsel on behalf of employers at labour arbitrations, provincial and federal Labour Relations Boards, Human Rights Tribunals, and all levels of court.
Patricia was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2000.
— Acting as chief spokesperson for first and subsequent collective agreement negotiations in both the federal and provincial sector in such diverse industries as: transportation, forestry, manufacturing, mining, film and retail
Representing employers on significant Labour Relations Board decisions including decisions with respect to the appropriateness of the bargaining unit and management exclusions
Representing employers in labour relations matters in both the Provincial and Federal sector including certifications, unfair labour practice complaints, decertification’s, strikes, lockouts and picketing
Acting for clients faced with labour disruption including strike contingency planning; strike replacement challenges and injunctions
Providing strategic and tactical employment advice to management with respect to the negotiation of employment contracts and the development and implementation of workplace policies on such diverse matters such as technology usage, drug and alcohol, privacy and confidentiality
Providing advice to employers on employee terminations and representing employers in wrongful dismissal actions
Providing advice to employers on human rights matters including the duty to accommodate investigating human rights and workplace harassment complaints
Providing labour and employment advice on corporate transactions, reorganizations, downsizings and closures