Labour Rights Law Office
Founded in Coquitlam in 2013, Labour Rights Law was Canada’s first virtual employment, labour and human rights law firm. The founding partner of Labour Rights Law, Sebastien Anderson, identified that there was a more modern, innovative way to practice law than the traditional law firm model. Melding his three passions of labour relations, the law, and technology, he established a virtual law firm model. Sebastien was the first lawyer to prepare and present a paperless judicial review application in the Supreme Court of BC. Labour Rights Law practices law in a highly secure digital, high-tech, paperless environment. As an example, we have adopted speech to screen technology that relieves our staff of the monotony of transcribing dictation and instead allows them to perform more meaningful and challenging work. The virtual specialized practice model allowed Labour Rights Law to “make house calls” to bring the lawyer to the client in the comfort and privacy of their office or home in the Tri-Cities or to residents of rural BC. The Tri-Cities presented a niche market for a law firm specializing in employment, labour, and human rights law, which helped the firm to grow significantly from its humble beginnings as a two-desk home office. Our firm now provides employment for four lawyers, an Office Manager, a Paralegal, an Administrative Legal Assistant, and a part-time student. Clients are attracted to our modern, innovative high-tech virtual law office model as well as our reasonable hourly rates.
In Business Since 2013
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Business Impact Award
What motivated you to start your business? Why are you passionate about what you do?
In 2013, Sebastien Anderson introduced Labour Rights Law as a new, innovative virtual business model for the practice of law, which was deliberately disruptive to the old-school traditional “bricks and mortar” law firm. Due to the pressure to meet unreasonable billable hour targets and obligation to put in face time in the office, women lawyers were leaving private practice in disproportionate numbers compared to men. At the same time, there was a significant increase in self-represented litigants attempting to represent themselves in legal proceedings because they found downtown law firm’s legal fees to be excessive. Labour Rights Law, with the help of technology, developed a model that incorporates work-life balance for our lawyers and staff and a client intake process that is accessible to potential clients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This has enabled us to provide meaningful legal advice during a free half-hour consultation with one of our lawyers.
Why do you deserve to win the Business Impact award?
Labour Rights Law has reduced its environmental footprint in a number of ways. Since our inception in 2013, our firm has been paperless. All of our client files are digital. If our clients provide us with paper records, we scan them and return the paper copies to our clients. The COVID pandemic has actually assisted us in our goal to maintain a paperless practice. Since the courts and administrative tribunals re-opened following being shut down by the Provincial Health orders, hearings have been conducted via web conference, which has required the parties to submit their materials in a digital format. Labour Rights Law is meeting and exceeding our performance goals due to our innovative, modern business model. When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the closure of many law firms, we continued to function as usual because all of our lawyers are already accustomed to working from their home offices and all of our data is stored digitally and is accessible by our lawyers and staff anywhere an internet connection is available. Our innovative and modern approach is not limited to our business model; it is also reflected in our creative approach to problem-solving and exceptional service to our clients. Lastly, our firm pays our lawyers to participate in continuing legal education to ensure their knowledge base is up to date with evolutions in the law. As a result, we are able to ensure that we provide the best quality legal advice with respect to our fields of practice. Another way that we ensure that we deliver exceptional legal advice is we do not “dabble” in areas of law that are not within our specialty areas of practice. For example, we are not personal injury lawyers purporting to practice employment law.
Premier's People's Choice
Our innovative and modern law firm business model has given us a significant competitive advantage over traditional employment, labour, and human rights law firms. Our online presence continues to grow, and our intake process is completely streamlined. Our clients can enjoy timely legal advice with the flexibility of consulting at home, in their offices, or in our office. Put another way, we make “house-calls!” Labour Rights Law lawyers have demonstrated corporate citizenship by giving back to the community in a variety of different ways. This includes volunteering to participate on community boards such as the Tri-City Women’s Transition Society, Tri-Cities Pride Society and various constituency associations. Additionally, we actively assist new residents with voter registration during Federal, Provincial, and Municipal elections. Over the years, our law firm has provided its local community and individuals across Canada with hundreds of hours of free legal advice relating to their jobs and businesses. Access to justice, and making a meaningful contribution to society, is an important priority for all of us at Labour Rights Law.