Harris is Western Canada’s largest workplace law and advocacy firm. We provide practical advice and creative solutions for our clients.
We are Western Canada’s largest workplace law and advocacy firm
Since 1992, Harris & Company LLP has been helping businesses like yours to meet their workplace goals. Through our firm values we:
- Provide outstanding client service;
- Maintain a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses; and
- Build ongoing client relationships.
The size of our firm ensures that we always have the bandwidth to be there when you need us. Our lawyers are leaders in their respective fields, assuring that our clients are receiving a wealth of knowledge and experience. We integrate with your team to better understand your particular environment, goals and legal needs. We provide practical advice and creative solutions.
Harris can help
Whatever your workplace legal needs, give us a call. We can help. Contact us
Harris & Company LLP was officially formed in 1992 when a group of employment and labour lawyers decided to leave their full-service firm to create a legal boutique which would allow them to focus solely on employment and labour law. We suspected back then what we now know: that we can serve our clients better if every lawyer in the firm immersed themselves in this area of law and studied the various business environments in which that legal advice was needed. As a result, our firm has become one of the largest and most recognized employment and labour law firms in Western Canada. As testament to the legal talent we have been able to develop, past Harris lawyers have gone on to become arbitrators, tribunal members, and Provincial and Supreme Court judges. Many of our senior-most lawyers are now mentoring the next generation of leaders. Over the years we have grown steadily—both organically from within and by hiring laterally to bring the brightest and best practitioners into the firm. To further broaden this depth of experience, in 2014, we merged with Taylor Jordan Chafetz boosting our labour, litigation, and administrative law offerings.
Committed to the communities we serve
We know how lucky we are to live in this part of the world, to be in the business we’re in, to have the clients and staff we have, and to be in a position to give back. We consider it a duty and an honour to support and help to strengthen the communities where we live and work.
We are proud to regularly support the Heart & Stroke Foundation, BC Children’s Hospital, United Way Lower Mainland, and Greater Vancouver Food Bank. At various points throughout the year we support many additional causes and campaigns as opportunities arise. Individually we contribute time and expertise as board members to a diverse range of charities and non-profits such as:
- Canadian Mental Health Association;
- St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation;
- One Girl Can;
- YMCA Foundation; and
- Kids Up Front.
The legal community
As one of Vancouver’s largest law firms, we have an important role to play in the legal community. We are committed to continually enhancing the legal profession and to promoting legal education, both within and beyond our walls. We recognize that students are the future of our profession and each year we welcome articling and summer students. We take pride in developing the best of the next generation of legal practitioners – giving them an in-depth taste of the nuances of our field. We also proudly sponsor of a number of fellowships, scholarships, and law school prizes, including:
- The UBC Civil Litigation Prize;
- The UBC Stuart Clyne Prize in Labour Law;
- The Allard School of Law Faculty Scholar Award; and
- The Adam Albright Memorial Award in Law.
Lifelong learning shapes our own development—even as seasoned lawyers. Harris’ practitioners are active in professional associations promoting legal education, including the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Bar Association. Members of our team also frequently lecture and teach at the University of British Columbia Peter A. Allard School of Law.
Your West Coast firm, with national reach
We know that for some of our clients, workplace issues don’t stop at the BC border. For this reason, we have set up referral relationships with law firms right across the country. Whatever and wherever your workplace needs, Harris can help. The most frequently utilized of all of our law firm relationships is our formal affiliation with the Ontario-based employment and labour law firm Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP. While we continue to operate independently in our respective jurisdictions, through this affiliation we have further strengthened our national presence by delivering seamless, value-added services to our national clients through our shared knowledge, contacts and resources. To round out this network of national legal service providers, we also maintain a roster of trusted accountants, pension specialists, OHS consultants, labour relations consultants, investigators, arbitrators and mediators. This ensures that our clients have access to a range of professional services expertise across the country, should the need arise. To speak with someone regarding your national workplace law and advocacy needs, please contact us.