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Labour Law
Employment Law
Professional Discipline
Civil Litigation
Human Rights and Equality Law
Regulatory Law

Labour Law

Symes & Street represents trade unions at all levels of adjudication: from grievance arbitration to labour board proceedings and judicial review proceedings in court. Our lawyers offer a wealth of experience in the labour relations context in topics including human rights, occupational health and safety, disability, employment benefits, employment equity and collective bargaining.

A union’s needs range from immediate advocacy on behalf of a dismissed member to ongoing policy support about dealing with human rights, harassment and working conditions. Symes & Street works collaboratively with unions to meet their goals, whether they are to reinstate an employee or to negotiate a new collective agreement that will best protect their members.


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Employment Law

The employment field is a specialized area of law which engages numerous statutes as well as the common law (court decisions). In this non-unionized context, Symes & Street represents employees and employers with a full spectrum of services. Whatever degree of advocacy is needed, Symes & Street have the specialized knowledge required to address the complicated legal issues that arise from the individual employment relationship between an employer and employee.

The advice you need may be as simple as a quick conversation on employers’ human rights obligations, or you may need a thorough review of an employment contract. Often, the issue will be a contentious dismissal which can be dealt with through negotiation or, if necessary, through a civil action.

 

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Professional Discipline

Regulated professions such as nurses, doctors, lawyers and architects face unique employment relationships. They are governed by statute and supervised by professional colleges to guarantee a high level of service to the public. When misconduct is alleged and discipline or removal from the profession is a possibility, these professionals need representation before their profession’s tribunal. Symes & Street has a long history of experience in this field and advocates on behalf of these professionals in the registration, discipline and adjudication processes.

If you are an employee governed by a professional body, it may be wise to obtain assistance in the case that you want to practice in a new province, must deal with a client complaint or face discipline charges due to alleged bad behaviour. The particular administrative processes used by each tribunal can be confusing, and often you must provide a convincing legal argument in your defense that is outside your area of professional expertise. Symes & Street has years of experience in representing professionals and can make this process easier and more understandable.

 

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Civil Litigation

Symes & Street has extensive experience dealing with all aspects of civil litigation. Our lawyers have appeared before all levels of courts and tribunals in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Symes & Street can assist you in understanding each step of the litigation process.

Whether you are a Plaintiff wanting to assert your rights in court, or a Defendant who has been served with a claim, our lawyers will work carefully with you to understand what it is you hope to achieve and to tailor a legal strategy that fits your needs. Symes & Street provides creative, effective advocacy on your behalf in order to obtain the best possible outcome in court.

 

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Human Rights and Equality Law

Recent changes to human rights legislation in Ontario have made human rights and equality law a dynamic and challenging area in which to practice. There are a number of forums in which human rights matters can be addressed, and a variety of remedies that can be sought.

Symes & Street has considerable expertise and experience in navigating this specialized area of the law. Our lawyers have advised and represented clients on all manner of human rights issues before all levels of courts and tribunals in Ontario, including the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. Symes & Street provides expert advice and advocacy relating to human rights issues that may arise at work or in the community including sexual harassment and discrimination based on age, gender, disability, and family status.

If you have been affected by a potential human rights issue, whether as a complainant or a respondent, Symes & Street can assist you in understanding your rights and obligations and can advocate on your behalf in order to attain the best possible resolution of your issue.


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Regulatory Law

Many businesses and individuals find themselves subject to complex and sometimes overlapping regulatory schemes with which they must comply. Penalties for non-compliance can be severe, including incarceration.

Symes & Street is experienced in the practice of regulatory law. Our lawyers have advised clients on regulatory compliance and represented clients dealing with regulatory matters at specialized tribunals and in the courts. Symes & Street lawyers also act as special prosecutors of provincial regulatory offences, and on appeals to the Ontario Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal.

Symes & Street lawyers represent statutorily mandated regulatory agencies in the new home construction field before Tribunals and on appeal to the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal.

Whether you are seeking to ensure that you or your business are in compliance with the applicable legislation, or you have been charged with a regulatory offence, Symes & Street can provide you with expert assistance, advice, and representation.

 

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