Chris Pigott’s practice is focused on labour, employment, and public law. Chris represents federal and provincial employers in industries ranging from telecommunications, transportation, and banking, to retail, manufacturing, and health care. Chris provides sophisticated strategic advice, representation in negotiations and litigation, and guidance on law reform and policy development.
Chris has extensive experience in complex labour and employment disputes. He advises clients on how to achieve their goals in the face of major labour negotiations, organizational change and restructuring, and other critical developments that impact their workplace. Chris routinely provides advice in negotiations and other labour matters that stretch across provincial and international borders.
Chris also represents clients in judicial review and appeal proceedings arising from labour, employment, and human rights disputes. He appears before the Ontario and Federal Courts, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. Chris has acted as lead or co-counsel in several significant recent appeals in the Supreme Court and Federal Court of Appeal, including:
- Mounted Police Association of Ontario (constitutional right to collective bargaining)
- Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (constitutional right to strike)
- AECL v. Wilson (unjust dismissal in the federal sector)
- Canada Post v. CUPW (federal sector health and safety inspections)
Chris has substantial experience with public law and public policy issues in the labour, employment, and human rights context. He provides advice to private and public sector clients on legislative action and government initiatives that impact their operations, and helps them craft legal and practical strategies in response. He also routinely acts for clients in matters that involve administrative or constitutional law issues, including litigation under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Chris has an active international practice. He advises Canadian, foreign, and multinational employers on business and human rights, international labour standards, the international union movement, and cross-border industrial relations. He is active within the Canadian Employers Council, the exclusive representative of Canadian employers concerning global labour and employment issues.
Chris has taught labour and employment law and policy at the Western University Faculty of Law, the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources at U of T, and the Osgoode Hall Law School Certificate in Labour Law.