Robert Grant Q.C.

Counsel

Robert Grant, Q.C. frequently collaborates with Power Law. He is one of Canada’s outstanding litigators.

Robert co-founded the Vancouver labour and employment and litigation firm of Gall, Legge, Grant & Munroe LLP after having been a partner in a national firm for two decades.

Robert’s broad experience covers most aspects of civil litigation, both at the trial and appeal levels, including administrative law and constitutional law. He is also extremely well versed in labour and employment law, and an experienced litigator of tax and real estate disputes.

Robert has appeared before a large array of Canadian courts (for instance, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Federal Court, and the courts of British Columbia and Alberta), as well as before many administrative tribunals (for instance, the Environmental Appeal Board, the Labour Relations Board, the Canadian Transportation Agency, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, and the Commission for Public Complaints Against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference)). He has also acted as an Inquiry Officer under the Expropriation Act.

Robert began his career as a professor of public law at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law and as a visiting professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Robert was a law clerk to Justice William McIntyre of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Robert practices in English. He is continuously working to improve his French-language skills.

Robert is a past Director of the British Columbia Law Institute and of the Islands Trust Fund Board.

Law Societies

British Columbia 1985

Education

LL.M. (Harvard University – 1986)

M.Sc. Physics (University of British Columbia – 1985)

LL.B. (University of British Columbia – 1984)

B.Sc. Honours (University of Manitoba – 1979)

Publications and conference presentations
  • “Canadian Law and Procedure” in Charles J. Harder, ed., Entertainment Law & Litigation (Lexus Nexus 2014)

     

  • Presentation: “Recent Development in Freedom of Association”, Suing & Defending the Government, CLE, 2010

     

  • Presentation: “Taking Stock: Stock Options in Employment Law”, Employment Law Conference, C.L.E., 2001

  • The Charter of Rights and Freedoms” in Susan Munro et al, eds., Annual Review of Law and Practice: Current to January 1, 1996 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1996)

     

  • The Charter of Rights and Freedoms” in Susan Munro et al, eds., Annual Review of Law and Practice: Current to January 1, 1995 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1995)

     

  • The Charter of Rights and Freedoms” in Susan Munro et al, eds., Annual Review of Law and Practice: Current to January 1, 1994 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1994)

     

  • The Charter of Rights and Freedoms” in Susan Munro et al, eds., Annual Review of Law and Practice: Current to January 1, 1991 (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 1991)

  • “The Charter’s Application in Private Litigation” (1989) 23 UBC Law Review 459 (with Robin Elliot)

Cases: Administrative Law
  • The Shipping Federation of Canada et al v Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, 2012 FC 301

     

  • Bajwa v British Columbia Veterinary Medical Association, 2012 BCSC 878

     

  • Public Service Alliance of Canada v Canada Post Corporation, 2011 SCC 57

     

  • Canada Post Corporation v Public Service Alliance of Canada, 2010 FCA 56

     

  • Canada Post Corporation v Public Service Alliance of Canada, 2008 FC 223

     

  • Nanaimo Port Authority v Kenmore Air Harbour Inc and Seair Seaplanes Ltd., 2007 FCA 211

     

  • Canadian (Human Rights Commission) v Canadian Airlines International Ltd., 2006 SCC 1

     

  • Amigo Airways Corporation, Seair Seaplanes Ltd. and Kenmore Air Harbor Inc., 2006, Decision No. 370-W-2006

     

  • Victoria Tours Limited v Passenger Transportation Board, 2005 BCSC 1693

     

  • Houweling Nurseries v District Director of the GVRD et al, 2005 BCSC 894

     

  • Canadian Human Rights Commission v Air Canada, Canadian Airlines International Limited, 2004 FCA 113

     

  • Kinetic Construction Ltd. v AG of Canada, [2000] FCJ 1181

     

  • Brown v British Columbia (Attorney General), [1997] BCJ No 1832

  • Houweling Nurseries Limited (Appellant) v District Director of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Respondent), Decision No. 2003-WAS-004(c)

Cases: Commercial Litigation
  • Branch v The Empire Life Insurance Company L’Empire Compagnie D’Assurance-Vie, 2013 BCSC 1141

     

  • Deltaport Constructors Ltd. v Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, 2013 BCSC 1705

     

  • Athwal v Black Top Cabs Ltd., 2012 BCCA 107612797 B.C. Ltd. v Ferguson, 2009 BCCA 404

     

  • Clifford v Flores et al, 2004 BCSC 358

     

  • Buller v Rosen; Rosen v Rosen, 2003 BCSC 1107

     

  • Dentech Products v Demed Manufacturing, 2001 BCSC 214

     

  • Re: Nesmont Precious Metals Corporation, 2001 BCSC 1240

  • Key Engineering Ltd. v University of British Columbia, [1995] BCJ No 2485

Cases: Constitutional Law
  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2016 BCSC 1764

     

  • Yukon Francophone School Board, Education Area #23 v Yukon (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 25

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2015 BCSC 1555

     

  • Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-vents v British Columbia (Education), 2015 SCC

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2015 BCSC 879

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2014 BCSC 851

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v British Columbia (Education), 2014 BCSC 741

     

  • L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-vents v British Columbia (Minister of Education), 2014 BCCA 40

     

  • L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-vents v British Columbia (Minister of Education), 2013 BCCA 407

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia, 2013 SCC 42

     

  • L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-vents v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2013 BCSC 111

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2013 BCSC 1242

     

  • L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-vents v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2013 BCSC 1243

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2013 BCSC 795

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2013 BCSC 751

     

  • L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-vents v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2012 BCSC 1614

     

  • Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique v British Columbia (Attorney General), 2012 BCCA 422

     

  • L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-Vents v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2012 BCSC 1206

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia, 2012 BCCA 282

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2012 BCSC 582

     

  • L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-Vents v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2011 BCSC 1495

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2011 BCSC 1219

     

  • Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique et al v British Columbia (Education), 2011 BCSC 1043

     

  • L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-Vents v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2011 BCSC 89

     

  • Vancouver Fraser Port Authority v Canadian Forest Products Ltd., 2009 BCCA 17

     

  • British Columbia Teachers’ Federation v British Columbia (Attorney General), 2009 BCSC 436

     

  • McIvor v Canada (Registrar of Indian and Northern Affairs), 2009 BCCA 153

     

  • McIvor v The Registrar, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, 2007 BCSC 827

  • Lewis v Burnaby School District No. 41, [1995] BCJ No 171 (CA)

Cases: Defamation
  • Burke v John Doe, 2013 BCSC 964

     

  • Seafarers’ International Union of Canada v International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada, Local 400, 2009 BCSC 1269

     

  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 213 v Hochstein, 2009 BCCA 355

     

  • IBEW Local 213 v Hochstein, 2007 BCSC 680

  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 213 v Pacific Newspaper Group Inc. (The Vancouver Sun), 2005 BCCA 44

Cases: Employment Law
  • Clayton v Lower Nicola Indian Band, 2013 BCSC 162

     

  • Stanley v Advertising Directory Solutions Inc., 2012 BCCA 350

     

  • Clayton v Lower Nicola Indian Band, 2011 BCSC 525

     

  • Stanley v Advertising Directory Solutions Inc., 2009 BCSC 708

     

  • Strauss v Albrico Services (1982) Ltd., 2008 BCCA 173

     

  • MD Management Ltd. v Dhut, 2004 BCSC 513

     

  • Strench v Canem Systems Ltd., 2005 BCSC 1736

     

  • Fording Coal v United Steel Workers and Virk, 2003 BCSC 977

     

  • RMH Teleservices v BCGEU, 2003 BCSC 278

     

  • Murrin Construction Ltd. and Construction and Specialized Workers’ Union Local 1611, BCLRB No. B49/2002

     

  • Schewe v Okanagan University College, 2001 BCSC 343

  • Rogers Cable TV Ltd. v IBEW, [1993] BCJ No. 2822

Cases: Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
  • Lang v Lapp, 2010 BCCA 517

Cases: Civil Proceedings
  • L’Association des parents de l’école Rose-des-Vents v Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, 2011 BCSC 89

Cases: Tendering
  • Metercor Inc. v Kamloops (City), 2011 BCSC 382

Cases: Legal Ethics Conflict of Interest
  • Clayton v Lower Nicola Indian Band, 2011 BCSC 525

Cases: Class Actions
  • Lam v University of British Columbia, docket: S035269

     

  • Novopharm Limited v British Columbia (Health), docket: S078427

     

  • Kristopher Gruber v LG Philipps LCD Co. Ltd et al, docket: S071569

     

  • Bryar Law Corporation v Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., docket: S070350

     

  • Westport Motorcars, Maro Downey v Mecerdez Benz Canada Inc et al, no: 080821

  • Frick v International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 213, docket: CA032218