OUR FIRM
Black Gropper is a progressive labour and employment law firm, located in downtown Vancouver.

Black Gropper was founded in 1999 by a group of partners and associates of the former Vancouver law firm, McTaggart Ellis, which had represented trade unions (local, national and international), labour organizations, teachers and other employees for over 50 years. We have a long standing and varied clientele of which we are extremely proud, and we continue to grow and develop new client relationships.

We believe that our success is rooted in our team of dedicated professionals who enjoy the practice of labour and employment law. We also credit our success to the collaborative, innovative and problem solving approach that we use to address our client's needs in a cost efficient and effective manner.

Please see our Practice Areas, Clients, Lawyers or Resources pages to learn more about our firm.
Recent News
Kas Pavanantharajah will present on a panel addressing The Impact of Senate Authority on Collective Agreements at the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ Western Regional Conference in Prince George in October.

Allan Black Q.C. will co-present a workshop on Legal Issues in Bargaining: An interactive session, with with Gavin Hume Q.C. and the Interim Chair of the Labour Relations Board Jacquie De Aguayo for Lancaster House in November.

Jessica Burke will co-present workshops on Union Advocacy; and Collective Agreement Interpretation at the BC Provincial Firefighters’ Association Educational Conference in Victoria in January.

Allan Black Q.C. will co-present a workshop on Grievance Arbitration at the BC Provincial Firefighters’ Association Educational Conference in Victoria in January.

Kas Pavanantharajah has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver, a human rights organization that provides support services to women, girls and children at the risk of involvement, involved in or affected by the criminal justice system.

Carolyn Janusz has been appointed Co-Chair of the Labour Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch for the 2016/2017 year.

Kas Pavanantharajah has been appointed as a Member at Large for the Social Justice section of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, having previously served as Treasurer for that section.
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