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Nicole is described by clients as "fantastic to work with; she's always professional, a very good communicator and a well-rounded lawyer - I have nothing but the highest regard for her." 

- Chambers Canada, 2018 Guide

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.

Professional Activities

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

Community Activities

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

Recognitions & Rankings

Recognitions & Rankings

  • Chambers Canada ranked in the Employment & Labour (British Columbia) category
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: recognized as one of the leading lawyers to watch in the area of Employment law (Employer)
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2017: recognized for Employment Law
  • 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



  • 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
  • Representing employers in responding to privacy complaints and requests for information pursuant to provincial and federal privacy legislation

News & Publications

News & Publications

Blog Posts

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • "Employment Law Update", 2017 Labour & Employment Law Seminar, May 31, 2017, Co-speaker
  • “Cause and Effect: Proof and Perils of a Just Cause Allegation”, 55th Annual HR Conference & Tradeshow, Vancouver Convention Centre West (May 2, 2017), Speaker
  • "Hot Privacy Topics, Coast-To-Coast: Hiring, Health and Hacks", 13th Annual Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) Conference, Winnipeg, MB, September 22-24, 2016, Speaker
  • “Human Rights and Privacy Law Update”, 2016 Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, Co-speaker
  • "Employment Law Update", 2015 Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, May 28, 2015, Speaker
  • "Human Rights & Privacy Update", June 11, 2014, Speaker
  • "Employment Law Update", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (May 31, 2012), Speaker
  • "Managing the Sick Employee", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 14, 2011, Speaker
  • "Accommodating Disabilities", Burnaby Roundtable, BC Human Resources Management Association, February 17, 2011, Speaker
  • "Dismissing", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, June 2, 2010, Speaker
  • "Managing the Sick Employee", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar, October 30, 2008, Speaker
  • "Duty to Accommodate", June 21, 2007, Speaker
  • "Drug and Alcohol Testing", June 21, 2006, Speaker
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Assistant Contact

  • Robinn Habkirk
  • Legal Assistant
  • T: 604.631.9256

Bar Admissions

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


University of Victoria (B.Comm. (with Distinction) 1999)

University of Toronto (J.D. 2005)

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