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Harris is once again Ranked as a Leading Firm in the 2014 Edition of Chambers Global Guide
Harris is once again Ranked as a Leading Firm in the 2014 Edition of Chambers Global GuideMarch 26, 2014 | Permalink

We are pleased to announce that in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for BusinessHarris has once again been recognized as a leading firm in the area of Employment, Labour & Pensions. Eric Harris, QC, Gavin Hume, QC, Peter Csiszar and Geoffrey Litherland were ranked as leading individuals.

According to Chambers, sources say, Eric Harris QC,"He's a leader in the country," and Gavin Hume, QC is widely viewed as a "top-level labour lawyer."

Chambers and Partners publishes one of the most respected and trusted legal directories. The rankings for Chambers Global are based on thousands of interviews conducted by a team of 50+ full-time researchers. These researchers identify and rank the world’s best lawyers based ontechnical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client.




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Harris Ranked as one of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 Labour & Employment Boutiques
Harris Ranked as one of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 Labour & Employment BoutiquesJanuary 14, 2014 | Permalink
Harris Ranked as one of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 10 Labour & Employment Boutiques

Harris is pleased to announce it has been named one of Canadian Lawyer's top 10 labour and employment boutique firms in the country. “I haven’t seen another firm with as consistent a level of practice” says a public sector in-house lawyer.

Canadian Lawyer selected Canada’s top labour and employment boutiques by asking readers to rank a shortlist of notable firms, and by drawing on the experience of in-house counsel and large-firm lawyers. The top 10 boutique firms are rated most highly by other lawyers.

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Harris Receives Top Rankings in “The 2014 Who’s Who in Canadian Law Firms:Serving Clients in the US, Canada, and Globally”
Harris Receives Top Rankings in “The 2014 Who’s Who in Canadian Law Firms:Serving Clients in the US, Canada, and Globally”January 07, 2014 | Permalink
Harris Receives Top Rankings in “The 2014 Who’s Who in Canadian Law Firms:Serving Clients in the US, Canada, and Globally”

We are pleased to announce that once again Harris is the only firm to receive the highest ranking in The 2014 Lexpert®/ American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada – “Who’s Who in Canadian Law Firms: Serving Clients in the US, Canada, and Globally” in the area of Labor Relations & Pensions – Vancouver.

The identification of leading practitioners and firms is based upon comprehensive survey work across the country, which has been ongoing since 1994. The process targets lawyers acknowledged as leaders in their respective fields, lawyers prominent in professional organizations, and lawyers otherwise enjoying significant recognition from their colleagues.

The survey work uses peer reviews to identify which counsel the Canadian legal profession regards as the top lawyers in various practice areas. Moreover, law firm positions in the bull's-eye charts depend on the cumulative recognition their individual lawyers have achieved in these surveys.


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Eric Harris, QC Ranked as Leading Labour Lawyer in Lexpert®/ American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Eric Harris, QC Ranked as Leading Labour Lawyer in Lexpert®/ American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in CanadaJanuary 07, 2014 | Permalink

Harris is pleased to announce that Eric Harris, QC has been listed as one of the leading 500 lawyers in Canada.

The 2014 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada has been published since 1997 and is the most comprehensive guide to legal talent in Canada. It identifies the most frequently recommended lawyers across Canada in 39 practice areas. It has become the resource of choice for American and Canadian in-house counsel and law firms in need of Canadian legal expertise.

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The Justice Institute of BC Foundation Honours Eric Harris, QC
The Justice Institute of BC Foundation Honours Eric Harris, QCDecember 09, 2013 | Permalink
The Justice Institute of BC Foundation Honours Eric Harris, QC


We are pleased to announce that on November 28th, Eric Harris, QC was honoured at the 12th Annual Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) Foundation Awards for Justice and Public Safety.

Each year, the Gala recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions in the areas of justice, public safety and community leadership. Eric was awarded The JIBC Foundation Community Leadership Award for extraordinary leadership that demonstrates the value and spirit of community.

“Eric has touched the lives of many by giving generously of his time and resources, both professionally and personally,” said John Chesman, JIBC Foundation Chair. “He has been an involved member of his community for years, whether it be through offering legal advice or supporting community causes. Individuals and organizations alike have greatly benefited from Eric’s guidance and leadership.”

"Everyone at Harris is honoured to work with someone like Eric, this award underscores the contribution he has made, and continues to make, to the profession and the community.” said Geoffrey Litherland, managing partner.


About Justice Institute of British Columbia

Justice Institute of British Columbia is Canada’s leading public safety educator – a dynamic post‐secondary institution recognized nationally and internationally for innovative education and research in the areas of justice and public safety. JIBC offers a range of applied and academic programs (certificates, diplomas, and degrees) that span the spectrum of safety – from prevention to response and recovery.

About The JIBC Foundation

Since 1994, The JIBC Foundation has supported the Justice Institute of British Columbia by raising funds for student scholarships and bursaries, applied research opportunities and equipment and other tools for learning. By inspiring giving through various fundraising initiatives, the Foundation ensures that JIBC continues to maintain its worldwide reputation for excellence and innovation as Canada’s leading public safety educator.



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Harris Lawyers Recognized in Who’s Who Legal 2013
Harris Lawyers Recognized in Who’s Who Legal 2013December 09, 2013 | Permalink

We are pleased to announce that Eric Harris, QC, Gavin Hume, QC and Colin Gibson have each been recognized as leading labour and employment lawyers in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013 and Who’s Who Management Labour & Employment 2013. Our lawyers were selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only those lawyers who have met the independent international research criteria are listed. Who’s Who stated:

“Three ‘first-rate’ practitioners are selected from Harris & Company. Gavin Hume QC has a ‘high profile’ in the field due to his ‘in-depth knowledge of the law’. Eric Harris QC is a great ‘problem solver’ and ‘the one to turn to with less conventional problems’. Colin Gibson is a ‘creative individual’ who ‘gets things done’.”



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Harris Recommended as Leading Firm in the Inaugural Edition of Legal 500 Canada 2014
Harris Recommended as Leading Firm in the Inaugural Edition of Legal 500 Canada 2014November 19, 2013 | Permalink

We are pleased to announce that Harris and three of our lawyers have been recommended as leaders in the area of Labour and Employment Law in the inaugural edition of The Legal 500 Canada 2014 guide.

According to Legal 500 “Lawyers at Vancouver employment boutique Harris & Company are ‘technical, business-minded and highly pragmatic’. Name partner Eric Harris QC is singled out for particular praise as ‘the top employment specialist in BC for complex labour relations matters’. The firm excels on both the consultancy and litigation side of labour and employment work and has specialist experience in human rights, Aboriginal law, health, business immigration and pensions and employee benefits. Among the other names to note, Gavin Hume QC is appreciated for being ‘not only as an employment specialist but also a considerate counsel’, and Peter Csiszar ‘knows the law inside out’. The firm handles a steady stream of wrongful dismissal claims, collective bargaining matters and grievance issues.

 

About Legal 500

Published for over twenty years, the Legal 500 guides provide the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal service providers. 

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Harris Participates in the CIBC Run for the Cure
Harris Participates in the CIBC Run for the CureOctober 07, 2013 | Permalink
Harris Participates in the CIBC Run for the Cure

For the 3rd year in a row team Harris participated in the CIBC Run for the Cure which raises money for Breast Cancer research through the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  This year was our most successful year yet with donations totalling $1785.00.  We congratulate those who participated and a huge thank you to all who donated.


 



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Harris Welcomes Claire Marchant
Harris Welcomes Claire MarchantOctober 02, 2013 | Permalink

Harris is pleased to announce that Claire Marchant has joined our firm from a large international law firm where she worked in the labour and employment group.

Claire represents clients in both the public and private sector on matters relating to labour, employment, occupational health and safety issues, human rights complaints, workplace policies, employment and consulting agreements, employment standards disputes and termination agreements. In addition, Claire practices privacy law, advising clients on a range of privacy issues, access requests, and privacy policy review and development

Geoffrey Litherland, the firm’s managing partner states. “the addition of Claire enhances our ability to advise and represent employers, now and in the future, in the areas of labour, employment and other aspects of workplace law”.



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Harris Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
Harris Lawyers Recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada 2014August 13, 2013 | Permalink

Harris is pleased to announce that 13 of our lawyers have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada.

Harris lawyers were recognized in four areas of specialization and were top-listed in the areas of Labour & Employment Law, Education Law and Workers’ Compensation Law in British Columbia, based on the number of lawyers profiled across these practice areas.

Congratulations to the following lawyers on their rankings in the Best Lawyers in Canadafor 2014:

Judith C. Anderson

Terri A. Cohen

Peter A. Csiszar

Barry Y. Dong

Colin G. M. Gibson

Eric J. Harris QC

Gavin Hume QC

Vincent P. Johnston*

Chris Leenheer

Geoffrey J. Litherland

Nazeer T. Mitha

Adriana F. Wills

Alan D. Winter

(*) most recently identified best lawyer.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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