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About Chris

Chris is a Partner in McInnes Cooper’s St. John’s office who practices exclusively labour and employment law. He advises businesses, governments, institutional and non-profit entities on all aspects for effectively managing their workforce, including:

• pre-employment screening
• workplace health and safety and respectful work environments
• conducting workplace investigations
• imposing disciplinary measures
• accommodating disabilities
• workplace privacy
• human rights issues
• collective bargaining
• collective agreement administration
• management of strikes and lockouts

Chris believes in a close working relationship with clients, aimed at solving labour and employment problems creatively and avoiding adjudication wherever possible. Where adjudication is unavoidable, however, Chris has significant experience and a record of success representing employers in human rights complaints, wrongful dismissal suits, grievance arbitration, judicial review and labour board hearings.

Chris is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, for which he teaches the Bar Admission Course on employment law. He is a director with the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, and holds a 5th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate.

Education

  • LL.B., University of New Brunswick (2003)
  • B.A., Memorial University of Newfoundland (2000)

Bar Admissions

  • Newfoundland & Labrador (2004)

Languages

  • English