Suite 1100, Cabot Place
100 New Gower St.
St. John’s, N.L.
Steve’s practice focuses on employer-side labour and employment law, municipal law and general litigation in the areas of construction and insurance. He has a broad range of court and hearing experience, including labour arbitrations and labour board hearings, as well as judicial reviews, trials and appeals at the Trial Division, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Although sometimes unavoidable, Steve recognizes that litigating is not most people’s first choice for resolving a dispute. Steve’s work includes:
- Counsel for the employer at the Supreme Court of Canada in one of the leading cases on judicial review of arbitration awards (NLNU v. Newfoundland).
- Co-counsel for an intervener in a landmark Supreme Court of Canada case involving the Charter right to freedom of association (Ontario v. Fraser).
- Counsel for an intervener at the Supreme Court of Canada in a case considering the closure of a business and the statutory freeze provisions (UFCW v. Wal Mart).
- Counsel to the operator in a number of significant labour arbitrations, labour board hearings and judicial reviews involving the unique labour relations regime in the offshore oil and gas industry. Steve has also completed the offshore safety training, and has experience travelling offshore.
- Counsel to the employer in a number of complex occupational health and safety prosecutions, including issues such as mining safety, and the “Principal Contractor” obligations.
- Co-counsel in the successful defence of a significant and complex multi-million dollar product liability claim (Sobeys v. CRA Trailers).
- Counsel in a number of challenging municipal cases, including appeals relating to the ambit of municipal powers, a disputed municipal election involving a judicial recount and a Charter challenge, and numerous other cases involving taxation, tendering, liability and development issues.
- Counsel in a number of construction disputes, involving delay claims, professional negligence and tendering.