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Sebastien Anderson Professional Law Corporation
Sebastien Anderson Labour lawyer of the year
Sebastien Anderson, Barrister & Solicitor
LL.B., Labour College of Canada ’83

My informal legal education commenced in 1980 when I became a shop-steward responsible for interpreting and applying the collective agreement and related statutes in the workplace.

In 1983, I successfully completed the CLC’s Labour College of Canada residential program at the University of Ottawa. In 1983, I was employed as a union staff representative for a large provincial trade union in Alberta, where I worked as servicing representative, a negotiator and a union-educator.

I presented my first arbitration case in 1987, and shortly thereafter began representing the union and its members full-time in hearings before provincial and federal labour boards, arbitration boards, and human rights tribunals.

Between 1995 and 2001, I was on education leave to attend to my undergraduate and law school studies.

During law school, I worked for the union and a union-side labour law firm in Alberta.

In 2001, I was an articling student at a union-side law firm in Vancouver, BC, and was called to the Bar in BC in 2002 and in Alberta in 2004.

As an associate, partner, and managing partner of a Vancouver labour-side law firm, I have gained experience in a surprisingly broad range of intersecting fields of law including: accommodation of addictions, bankruptcy & insolvency, defamation, disability, torts, and police law, to name a few.

My personal interest in computers and technology has led me to develop a highly automated and self-sufficient approach to the practice of law. As a result, we introduce to the legal marketplace one of the first virtual labour/employment law offices in Canada: Labour Rights Law Office.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Law Society of British Columbia
Law Society of Alberta
Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers
American Bar Association

Contact Sebastien
Phone: 604-475-0041; or
Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350
Extension: #222
Direct: 604-283-3304
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Susan Beach, Associate Lawyer
Susan Beach, Associate Lawyer
JD (UBC), BMLSc (UBC)

Ms. Beach has nearly twenty-five years’ litigation experience whose practice has always included employment law. Her litigation experience includes personal injury, medical malpractice, contracts, development permits, building permits, challenges to bylaws, and many other municipal-related matters. Her employment law experience includes: wrongful dismissals, drug testing, hiring practices policies, Employment Standards Complaints, Human Rights Complaints, accommodation of disabilities, discrimination on the basis race, sex, , to name a few.

She has appeared before the Human Rights Tribunal and participated in mediations. She has also acted for employees and employers on Workers Compensation Act matters and appeared before the Workers Compensation Review Board and Workers Compensation Appeal Tribunal. She has been counsel for Union representatives respecting wrongful dismissal in arbitrations and has advised on duty of fair representation issues. She acted for many municipalities in the termination of Chief Administrative Officers and guided the process required pursuant to the Local Government Act and acted on Human Rights matters and guided her clients through accommodation of various disabilities, race, gender, and disciplinary matters.

She obtained her Osgoode Law Labour Certificate in 2015. She also has experience with subdivisions, expropriation, constitutional, taxes/fees, water rights and systems, shareholder remedies, procurement/tender process, composting facilities (licences and contracts), non-conforming uses, contaminated sites, remediation, zoning and constitutional challenges. She also advised health authorities on incidents arising within all their facilities, including community care facilities and defended against claims of negligence, breach of privacy, and assaults. As well, she has appeared before the the BC Provincial Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, Social Security Tribunal on Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan matters and the Employment Standards Tribunal.

She also advised on collective agreement negotiations, interpretation and drafting, as well as disability and disciplinary matters. Ms. Beach also practiced criminal law defence for her first three years of practice and continued with defending clients on criminal matters for several years thereafter. She was formerly partner in two successful busy law firms in Victoria. In addition, she has extensive mediation and dispute resolution training and skills and she is currently working towards a Qualified Mediator and Arbitrator training. She places a strong emphasis on resolution of disputes through innovative problem-solving, as well as, client-oriented service and the development of positive rapport with clients.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Law Society of British Columbia
Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Contact Susan Beach
Phone: 604-475-0041; or
Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350
Extension: #224
Direct: 604-283-3306
Send Susan an E-Mail


Sherry Shir, Associate Lawyer
Sherry Shir, Associate Lawyer
JD (UBC), BMLSc (UBC)

Sherry graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, in May 2014. Prior to attending law school, she obtained a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science from UBC.

During law school, she worked as a volunteer in UBC’s Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and as a Summer Research Assistant at a leading union-side labour law firm in downtown Vancouver.

She joined the Labour Rights Law Office as an Articled Student in May 2014; and as an Associate Lawyer in May 2015. She was called to the BC Bar on 15 May 2015.

Sherry is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, and the Canadian Bar Association.

Sherry, speaks, reads, and writes Farsi fluently.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Law Society of British Columbia
Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Contact Sherry Shir
Phone: 604-475-0041; or
Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350
Extension: #224
Direct: 604-283-3306
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Madeline Harden
Madeline Harden

We welcome Madeline as an Articling Student commencing 25 June 2018.

Madeline is a fully trained solicitor in the jurisdiction of New South Wales, Australia. She obtained her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice in 2015 from the College of Law in Sydney following her graduation from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce. During her studies in Sydney, Madeline interned for an organization assisting individuals and not for profit organizations to access the legal system in order to receive advice and representation. She also spent time working for the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute researching best practice organizational governance. Escaping the summer heat of Sydney, Madeline returned to the mountains of British Columbia in December 2015.

Madeline joins us from a large provincial union where she assisted the legal team with matters before arbitrators, mediators, and the BC Labour Relations Board.

Outside of work, Madeline sits on the board of a Canadian NGO which provides nutrition to children across British Columbia and in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In her spare time she enjoys spending time in the mountains, climbing or skiing with the Alpine Club of Canada.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Law Society of British Columbia
Trial Lawyers Association of BC
Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Contact Madeline
Phone: 604-475-0041; or
Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350
Extension: #233
Direct: 604-283-3347
Send Madeline an e-mail