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Sebastien Anderson Professional Law Corporation
Sebastien Anderson, Barrister & Solicitor

LL.B., Labour College of Canada ’83

I have more than 36 years of labour relations experience in both unionized and non-unionized work environments. In 1983 I studied at the Labour College of Canada (CLC) and subsequently studied Industrial Relations during my undergraduate studies at Athabasca University, before attending law school at the Faculty of Law, University of Alberta.

I was called to the Bar in both British Columbia in 2002 and Alberta in 2004.

I have a broad range of labour relations experience in the public sector (Federal, British Columbia, and Alberta), the private sector in both BC and Alberta, and in the Construction Industry in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. In addition, I have considerable experience representing both unionized and non-unionized police officers.

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

I have had the fortune of representing clients in the Appellate Courts in both British Columbia and Alberta, before the BC Supreme Court, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware, the Alberta Surrogate Court in Bankruptcy, as well as the Provincial Courts in both BC and Alberta. As well, I have represented clients before a broad range of administrative tribunals including the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan Labour Relations Boards, the Canada Pension Appeal Board, the Human Rights Tribunals for Canada, BC and Alberta, the Workers Compensation Boards in both BC and Alberta, and the BC Workers Compensation Board.

As a result of our innovative approach to the practice of law, we represent clients across Canada in every province and territory, except Quebec.

During the course of my career I am frequently invited to make presentations on a wide variety of topics to professional colleagues in law, to labour relations professionals and practitioners, and to union officers, stewards, and members. For more than 17 years I have participated in the Canadian Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral program to make access to justice more available and affordable.

My personal interest in computers and technology has led me to develop a highly automated and self-sufficient approach to the practice of law. In 2013, we introduced to the legal marketplace one of the first virtual labour, employment and human rights law offices in Canada: Labour Rights Law. As a result of our innovated law office environment, in 2017 our Firm was honoured to receive the Innovative Workplace Award from the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch).

Our philosophy is that we are people with legal education and experience helping other people to resolve their legal challenges and issues. We look forward to the honour of you letting us help you!


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Law Society of British Columbia
Law Society of Alberta
Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Contact Sebastien
Phone: 604-475-0041; or
Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350
Extension: #222
Direct: 604-283-3304
Send Sebastien an E-Mail


Susan Beach, Associate Lawyer
Susan Beach, Senior Associate Lawyer

JD (UVic), BScN (UVic)

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
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: #231
Direct: 604-283-3306
Send Susan an E-Mail


Sherry Shir, Associate Lawyer
Sherry Shir, Senior 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
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
Send Sherry an E-Mail


Anthony Moffatt, Associate Lawyer
Anthony Moffatt, Associate Lawyer

Anthony Moffatt practices exclusively in the area of employment, labour relations and human rights. He advises clients on a wide variety of employment, human rights and labour issues. He has represented clients in wrongful dismissal actions, employment standards complaints, labour board applications, and human rights proceedings.

Before joining the Labour Rights Law Office, Anthony was a Senior Policy and Legal Advisor at WorkSafeBC where he provided advice to the Board of Directors and drafted policy and occupational health and safety regulations. Before that, Anthony practiced employment and labour law at a national law firm in Ontario and a large downtown firm in Vancouver. He has published articles and presented on numerous employment law-related topics, including privacy law and human rights law.

Anthony was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007 and to the BC Bar in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Humanities degree from Carleton University (2000), a masters degree in political science from the University of Toronto (2002), and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia (2006).


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Law Society of British Columbia
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Contact Anthony Moffatt
Phone: 604-475-0041; or
Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350
Extension: #223
Direct: 604-283-3310
Send Anthony an E-Mail


Kiran Cheema
Kiran Cheema, Barrister & Solicitor

In 2011 I graduated from University of West England, Dublin, Ireland, with an LL.B. Honours degree.

Prior to Law School, I worked at my father’s medical office for more than a decade, to assist bilingual patients and create greater public awareness about diabetes and maintaining a healthy life style in the South Asian community. This experience assisted me to become proficient in Punjabi.

I also worked for three years as a Student Border Services Officer. CBSA Officers examine passengers and goods to determine their admissibility to Canada.

Following graduation from Law School, I worked as a volunteer for the Elizabeth Fry Society at the Downtown Community Court in Vancouver, BC. More than fifty percent of offenders who appeared in the Community Court have a mental illness, a drug addiction, or both. Many are chronic offenders. This experience gave me insight into their challenges and how the Community Court addressed them, so that there was a meaningful treatment and sentencing of offenders.

The Elizabeth Fry Society then hired me to oversee a program for women in conflict with the law or who were in a state of transition. The society’s philosophy is one of self-direction and independence, with individual treatment and goal planning that focuses on the development of a variety of coping skills and self-reliance.

I also have experience as a Designated Paralegal during which I gained experience appearing in court, preparing litigation documents, and assisting legal aid clients with their complex needs.

As an Articling Student I gained experience in the fields of Corporate, Commercial and Real Estate law.
My previous work experience in the government sector, in a charitable organization and, in the private sector has provided me with a broad range of experience and understanding of the needs of employers and employees. I look forward to developing my skills and abilities in the fields of employment, labour, human rights and administrative law, as well as civil litigation.


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

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

Contact Kiran

Phone: 604-475-0041; or
Toll-Free: 1-877-708-8350
Extension: #225
Direct: 604-283-3347
Send Kiranan e-mail


Madeline Harden
Madeline Harden, Articling Student

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
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