Gavin is a partner at Roper Greyell, practicing in most areas of workplace law. He is also a member of the Management Committee and helps guide the direction and business of the firm.
Over his professional career, Gavin has always enjoyed building lasting client relationships, with a focus on being a trusted advisor for workplace decision-making. He likes clients to know that he is on their team, and in their corner.
Gavin believes lawyers should always tailor their approach to the needs of the particular client, as the first step to giving useful advice and finding solutions. “I won’t just tell a client what they must do. Excellent advice means crafting a menu of options on a continuum of risk, depending on the client, and helping navigate to the right solution.”
Gavin’s activity is wide-ranging: employment litigation, injunctive relief, collective bargaining in both the public and private sector; OHS critical incidents; workplace human rights; and administrative law and labour arbitration. He has particular depth in handling serious occupational health and safety incidents, labour relations and litigation strategy, and crisis management. Gavin has appeared in every level of court and every kind of workplace tribunal in British Columbia.
He also loves to teach and share his knowledge: Gavin has been a part-time instructor for CPABC for more than a decade, and speaks for other organizations regularly.
Gavin spends his time away from work cycling, mountain biking and skiing with (and usually far behind) his two boys, Sam and Oliver, and his partner Jenny. He loves the mountains and spends as much time as he can on them.
B.A., University of Toronto
LL.B., University of British Columbia
MSc., London School of Economics
Year of call
British Columbia, 1998
Membership / Affiliations
Canadian Bar Association
Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute
Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of British Columbia and Yukon (CPHR)
Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE)
Victoria Chamber of Commerce
Listings / Rankings
Carswell, Canada’s Top Employment Lawyers, 2006
Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory 2016-2021, Repeatedly Recommended for “Employment Law – Employer”
Best Lawyers in Canada, 2019-2022 (Employment and Labour Law)
Best Lawyers Global Business Edition, 2020 (Employment and Labour Law)
Who’s Who Legal, 2021 Global: Labour, Employment and Benefits