Chris has a broad practice, advising corporate, public and industrial clients on matters concerning labour and employment law, energy and natural resources, and franchise law. In his labour and employment practice, Chris advises employers with respect to collective bargaining and collective agreement negotiations, union grievances, strikes and lockouts, human rights complaints and Occupational Health and Safety matters. He also assists in responding to unfair labour practice complaints and other Industrial Relations matters, and acts for employers in wrongful dismissal litigation.
Chris represents clients in construction and engineering related matters, including Energy and Utilities Board hearings and applications; large infrastructure projects and private-public partnerships (P3s); construction litigation; consultation of indigenous peoples; and regulatory advice and representation.
His practice extends to franchise law issues. Chris works on behalf of both franchisors and franchisees to provide strategic legal advice when things are running smoothly, as well as litigation and/or dispute resolution support when necessary. He assists in the preparation and review of franchise documents, including franchise disclosure documents and franchise agreements, and advises on issues such as terminations and rescissions.
Before pursuing his legal career, Chris was an engineer in both New Zealand and Canada. He applies his background in electrical engineering to provide well rounded advice when dealing with energy and engineering related issues. During his time at UNB’s Faculty of Law, he was a Beaverbrook scholar and received the Barry Morrison prize for legal writing.
Chris is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the New Brunswick Law Society. He is the President/Treasurer of the New Maryland Sunbury Liberal Association and is a board member with NBSPCA. When not in the office, he enjoys playing music and spending quality time with his wife and his dog.
May 10, 2021
The Supreme Court of Canada continues to expand the scope of Aboriginal rights. On April 23, 2021, in R. v. Desautel, for the first time the…