The 1970s were a time in which employers and unions clashed regularly. Trade unions sought to improve working conditions of workers in both the private and public sectors. Unions demanded substantial improvement when it came to working conditions, as well as reasonable wages and concrete steps to improve workplace health and safety.
It was in this context that the firm quickly developed an expertise in defending the rights of workers and using legal tools to respond to the needs of the firm’s union clients.
From the very beginning, the firm has worked with unions in the health and education fields. We have also worked with farmers facing expropriation of their land. Our firm has always been active in the telecommunications, oil and gas and petrochemical industries. The firm’s clientele has since expanded to most industries and fields of work and we represent unions and professional associations in both the public and private sectors.
The arrival of political refugees to Quebec and Canada, particularly from Central and South America also influenced the practice of several partners at the firm.
In 1999, the firm opened a second office in Quebec City to better meet the needs of our clients. Members of the firm are socially engaged and participate in the development of worker and union rights through their practice to ensure these rights be respected before tribunals and courts. Many share their expertise through teaching in a number of universities. The firm also participated in the creation of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (CALL), an association of lawyers working with unions to advance worker rights throughout Canada and internationally.
For more than forty years, the firm’s lawyers have played an important role in the fields of labour law, administrative law, constitutional and human rights law and workplace health and safety. Today the firm is proud to be known as one of the foremost firms practicing in these fields.