Geoff has practised in the area of employment and labour law for over 25 years. Geoff has built his practice by offering straightforward and practical advice to his clients, with a strong focus on responsiveness and service. He represents both private and public sector employers in a wide variety of industries.

Geoff has appeared on appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the BC Court of Appeal. He acts for employers in wrongful dismissal actions, injunction applications, and other court matters. He also represents employers in arbitration and human rights hearings, labour relations board proceedings, collective bargaining, and before other administrative tribunals.

From 2009 to 2014, Geoff was our firm’s Managing Partner and was a member of our firm’s Management Committee for 12 years.  He has also sat on boards of directors of not-for-profit organizations.

Recognition

  • Recognized Lawyer, Labour and Employment Law, Best Lawyers in Canada, 2010 – present
    Repeatedly Recommended, Employment Law, Employer, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2017 – present
    Recognized Lawyer, Employment & Labour – British Columbia and Nationwide, Chambers Canada, 2016 – present
    Ranked Lawyer, Labour & Employment, Who’s Who Legal Labour, 2016 – present

Recent Speaking Engagements

“Freedom Of Expression”, Civil Litigation section, Canadian Bar Association, September 2013
“Recent Damage Awards In Canada”, Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers Annual Conference, 2012

Publications

“Shop Talk: Defamation And Communications Issues In The Workplace”, The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC, November 2014
“Great Canadian Railtour Company vs. Teamsters Local Union 31, 2012 BCCA 238”, (counsel comment contributor), Take Five, OnPoint Legal Research, July 2012
“An Employer’s Guide To Dismissal: A National Resource For Human Resource Personnel”, (co-author), Canada Law Book, second edition, 2007

Professional & Community Activities

Director (and Past President), Hollyburn Country Club, 2013 – 2018
Member, Employment Law and Labour Law sections, Canadian Bar Association, BC branch
Former Managing Partner, Harris & Company, 2010 – 2014
Former Director, The Georgians (Alumni of St. George’s School), 2011 – 2015

Practice Areas

Year of Call

  • British Columbia, 1993

Education

  • LLB, Dalhousie University, 1992
  • MSc, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, London School of Economics, 1989
  • BA (Hons), Queen’s University, 1988