Kelsey’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of employment law and general commercial litigation.
In her employment practice, Kelsey regularly advises employers on workplace issues such as drafting employment contracts, performance and attendance management, wrongful dismissals, human rights and the duty to accommodate, workplace investigations, and statutory compliance (both provincially and federally).
Her commercial practice includes shareholder and partnership disputes, fraud, bankruptcy, injunctions, and judgment enforcement.
Kelsey has represented clients in a broad range of matters at all levels of court including Provincial (small claims) Court, the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the Court of Appeal as well as in proceedings before the BC Human Rights Tribunal and the BC Employment Standards Tribunal. She has successfully represented clients in mediations, applications, and trials.
Successfully established just cause for dismissal for dishonest conduct in the workplace – Supreme Court of British Columbia: Mechalchuk v. Galaxy Motors, 2023 BCSC 635
Successfully reducing the amount of a fine in an order for contempt of court – Supreme Court of British Columbia: 1063664 B.C. Ltd. v. Perehudoff, 2021 BCSC 2136
Representing a corporate defendant before the Court of Appeal to appeal restrictive covenants in a purchase and sale agreement – Court of Appeal: Landmark Solutions Ltd. v. 1082532 B.C. Ltd., 2021 BCCA 29
Representing a unionized employer in an application to withdraw as a member of an employer group – Arbitration: Coast Capri Hotel v Unite Here, Local 40, 2018 CanLII 6383 (BC LRB)
Representing a non-unionized employer in an unfair labour practice complaint – Labour Relations Board: Mechar v Hunter-James & Associates Inc. (DBA Fox’N Hounds Pub), 2018 CanLII 2502 (BC LRB)
Successfully opposing the pre-trial examination of a witness. The Court awarded the client their costs of the application including legal fees on a full indemnity basis – Supreme Court of British Columbia: Cecile v. Capri Insurance Services Ltd., 2017 BCSC 2347
Successfully opposing the production of corporate documents – Supreme Court of British Columbia: Cecile v. Capri Insurance Services Ltd., 2017 BCSC 2190
Representing a unionized employer in a policy grievance for wage rates – Arbitration: 2016 CanLII 47555 (BC LA) | Unite Here, Local 40 v Coast Capri Hotel | CanLII
Representing an employer in a wrongful dismissal proceeding – Provincial Court: Davidson v. Extreme Excavating Ltd., 2015 BCPC 211
Bachelor of Arts, Honours in English Literature
University of British Columbia
University of Alberta
Our team is committed to providing sensible, practical, and cost-effective solutions to our clients’ workplace challenges, while keeping their long-term business goals in mind.
Our lawyers resolve complex disputes by taking a practical, results-oriented approach.
Kelsey was born and raised in Vernon and is thrilled to be practicing at the same law firm her grandmother worked as a legal assistant more than sixty years ago. Kelsey is proud to make Vernon her home and serves as a Director for the Sustainable Environment Network Society and Vernon Bar Association.
In her personal time, Kelsey enjoys riding around Vernon on her electric cargo bike, playing soccer and beach volleyball and performing with the Vernon Girls Trumpet Band. She is also active in the promotion of real-time air quality monitors and environmental awareness: www.purpleair.com