Harris & Company LLP is Western Canada’s largest workplace law and advocacy firm. Since our founding in 1992, we have grown to a team of 45 lawyers who assist clients in a wide range of industries, in both public and private sectors.
Harris was founded by ten partners with the objective of creating the best labour and employment law firm in the country. The decision to focus our practice on labour and employment enables us develop our knowledge, acumen, and experience in these areas which benefits our clients. When working with Harris, clients are confident they are working with an experienced team who understand the legal framework surrounding workplace law and are informed and knowledgeable about recent industry developments, significant decisions, and emerging issues. We provide our clients with creative, flexible, and intellectually aggressive advice, ensuring they have the information necessary to make sound decisions, solve problems, and take action to meet their business goals.
Harris offers employers a full range of labour law services. Fundamentally, we view our work as a partnership with clients: we help clients find solutions for both their day-to-day and complex human resource issues to avoid litigation and strengthen their business.
Harris advises non-union clients on all aspects of the employment relationship. We base our 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. Our lawyers understand that in the case of a dispute, the best resolution meets the business’ overall goals and fosters important long-term relationships.
Human Rights Law
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. We work with employers to identify potential risks and to ensure their workplace culture addresses new and changing legal realities.
Harris is a leader in education law in British Columbia representing and providing strategic and principled advice to K-12 education boards across the province. Harris understands schools and the challenges they face; we provide advice to public, independent, and First Nations school boards to assist them fulfill their educational mandate by preventing and solving problems in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Our team of experienced litigators will assist you to successfully resolve your complex commercial disputes in an effective, economical manner.
Privacy and Access to Information
Our team has significant expertise advising provincially regulated public bodies on their obligations under the FIPPA; federally regulated private sector employers on their obligations under the PIPEDA; and private sector employers on issues arising under the PIPA. We 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.
We work with clients using in-depth knowledge of, and experience with, federal and provincial statues and regulations regarding occupational health and safety to help them fulfill their legal rights and obligations, prevent future problems, and reduce costs. If a claim or incident arises in the workplace, we assist employers navigate the administrative process and fully represent them to protect their interests.
Occupational Health & Safety
We’re widely recognized as top Occupational Health lawyers in Western Canada and have proposed changes to legislation in this area. We are also frequent speakers and authors on OH&S legislation, case law and trends.
Law Firm of the Year Awards
- Labour and Employment Law in Canada (2020)
Top Listed State Awards
- Top Listed in British Columbia, Canada in Labour and Employment Law with 16 lawyers
Top Listed City Awards
- Top Listed in Vancouver in Labour and Employment Law with 16 lawyers
Firm Practice Areas
- Corporate and Commercial Litigation
- Education Law
- Employee Benefits Law
- Labour and Employment Law
- Privacy and Data Security Law
- Workers' Compensation Law