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Nicole K. Skuggedal

Partner
  • Robinn Habkirk
  • Legal Assistant
  • P: 604.631.9256

Practices

Nicole practises in all areas of labour and employment law, including advising clients on wrongful dismissal, labour relations, human rights and privacy issues.

Nicole has represented clients in matters involving labour arbitrations, labour relations boards, employment standards tribunals, human rights tribunals, privacy commissioners, and has appeared before the British Columbia Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. Nicole frequently negotiates collective agreements and provides strategic and tactical advice to clients on drafting employment contracts and the labour and employment aspects of commercial transactions.

Recognition and Ranking

  • 2016 Lexpert Rising Star Award: recognized as one of Canada's Leading Lawyers under 40
  • In 2004, Nicole placed first in the Jessup International Law Moot and represented Canada at the international rounds of the Jessup Moot.

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member
  • BC Human Resources Management Association, Member

Community Activities

  • Western Canada Society to Access Justice, pro bono clinic volunteer

Bar Admissions

  • British Columbia (2006)
  • Northwest Territories (2008)
  • Yukon (2010)

Education

  • University of Victoria (B.Comm. (with Distinction) 1999)
  • University of Toronto (J.D. 2005)
  • Representing employers in both the provincial and federal sector in a diverse range of industries including: financial services, mining, transportation, construction, retail, First Nations organizations
  • Acting as chief spokesperson for first and subsequent collective agreements for clients in both the federal and provincial sector
  • Providing strategic labour relations advise to employers on matters such as collective agreement interpretation, discipline, grievance resolution, strikes and lockouts, including appearing at arbitrations and labour relations board hearings
  • Acting as counsel on labour board appeals, wrongful dismissal and general civil litigation trials including appearing before the British Columbia Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada
  • Providing employment advice including wrongful dismissal, employment standards and drafting employment contracts
  • Providing advice on human rights matters including the duty to accommodate, the permissible scope of drug and alcohol testing, responding to human rights complaints and developing harassment policies
  • Providing labour and employment advice to clients on corporate transactions, reorganizations, downsizing and closures; and
  • Representing employers in responding to privacy complaints and requests for information pursuant to provincial and federal privacy legislation