General Counsel

Small Business Owner

No matter how small, every business stands to benefit from the advice of legal counsel.  Our lawyer provides general counsel services to small businesses on a regular basis and can be retained to advise on day to day legal issues that arise or brought in on a more comprehensive level for specific matters and projects. 

Our lawyer will get to know your business and understand your goals in order to consistently act with those interests in mind.  Retaining our lawyer’s general counsel services can provide much of the same services as in-house counsel based on the needs of your specific business.  

There are considerable benefits to choosing our lawyer’s general counsel services. General counsel services offer business owners the flexibility to determine the type of representation that is right for their business.  These services may be more affordable than the traditional hourly retainer fees.

Your business might be subject to regulation by various federal or provincial legislation and regulations.  As general counsel, our lawyer can advise you on how to comply with these laws as well as to represent you in any litigation that might arise in the event that your business is accused of not doing so.  

If you are a business owner or entrepreneur and find yourself in need of regular legal advice, general counsel services might be the right fit for you and your business. 

Business Law

Business Planning Meeting

Starting a business requires thorough planning. Our lawyer assists business owners in the formation of legally sound business entities and helps entrepreneurs devise business strategies that help them achieve their goals.  Our lawyer advises on the business start-up and formation process including issues related to selection of entity type and jurisdiction. 

Employment Law

Workplace Presentation

Preventative advice and counseling is the best way for businesses to keep from accidentally violating employment standards and regulations. Our employment lawyer works closely with businesses and human resource professionals to help them understand the landscape of employment laws and regulations to keep their businesses in compliance with those standards.

Our employment lawyer offers preventative counseling to businesses assisting with the preparation and review of employment policies and procedures, as well assisting in the drafting of business policies, employee handbooks and employment contracts to ensure compliance with employment standards and regulations.

As part of our employment preventative counseling, our employment lawyer will design and lead training for your management on employment policies and provide you with the required materials for your staff on anti-discrimination and anti-harassment procedures.

Our employment lawyer will also assist in the creation of non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, compensation and hourly wage determination, as well as termination and severance packages. She can also give advice on employment matters, such as taking on new employees or circumstances under which employment may be terminated and represent you in any employment related dispute.

Employee Policies and Procedures

Workplace Policies

Defined and universal employment rules give employees guidance and assurance that all employees will be treated under the same set of policies. Company employment policies and procedures provide businesses with important legal protection, which is why it is critically important to use caution in establishing these policies. 

Employers should carefully review all employee handbooks and policies on a regular basis to make sure policies and procedures comply with applicable employment legislation and to avoid potential legal issues in the future. 

Our lawyer routinely works with employers before and after an employment handbook has been developed to ensure that all policies and procedures are align with current employment standards and to avert expensive legal disputes with employees.

Employment Agreements

It has become more common for employers to require new employees to sign employment agreements when they are hired.  These agreements are used to set out the obligations and expectations between the employee and employer.  Employment agreements may also be used to protect company secrets and to discourage “employee poaching” by competitors.

Confidentiality agreements

Confidentiality agreements are used to prevent a job applicant or an employee from sharing information about the company that he or she learns during a job interview or during the course of employment. The confidentiality agreement (often called a nondisclosure agreement “NDA”) should specify the information that the applicant or employee may not disseminate or share.  The agreement should also clearly state the period of time the agreement is valid and the period of confidentiality.

Non-compete agreements

In a non-compete agreement, the employee signs a contract agreeing to not work for a competitor company or to start a competing business for a certain time period after his or her employment ends.  Non-compete agreements must clearly state the period of time the employee must refrain from competition and must also clearly define the types of businesses that are considered competitors, both in terms of industry and geographic location.

Work product agreements

Work product agreements protect a company’s intellectual property by stating that anything the employee creates during his or her employment remains the property of the company, rather than of the individual employee.  The contract should clearly define the type of product to be protected by the agreement. 

Our employment lawyer can help your company establish proper documents that will protect the outcome of the investments you make in your staff.