Title: Commercial law


Nicole K. Skuggedal



Nicole Skuggedal

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
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Local Time:Sun. 07:05
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Nicole practises in all areas of labour and employment law and general civil litigation.

Nicole has represented and co-represented clients in matters involving labour arbitrations, the Labour Relations Board, the Employment Standards Branch, the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, the Northwest Territories Human Rights Commission, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and has appeared before the British Columbia Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada. Nicole also provides strategic advice to clients on drafting employment contracts and the labour and employment aspects of commercial transactions.

Recognition and Ranking

In 2004, Nicole placed first in the Jessup International Law Moot and represented Canada at the international rounds of the Jessup Moot.


Languages: English
Joined the Law Firm in: 2006


Areas of Practice


  • Employment and Labor
  • Labor Law
  • Labor Relations
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Privacy & Freedom of Information


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

* Representing employers in both the provincial and federal sector in a diverse range of industries including: financial services, mining, transportation, construction, retail, First Nations organizations
* Providing strategic labour relations advise to employers on matters such as collective agreement interpretation, discipline, grievance resolution, strikes and lockouts, including appearing at arbitrations and labour relations board hearings
* Acting as counsel on labour board appeals, wrongful dismissal and general civil litigation trials including appearing before the British Columbia Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada
* Providing employment advise including wrongful dismissal, employment standards and drafting employment contracts
* Providing advise on human rights matters including the duty to accommodate, the permissible scope of drug and alcohol testing, responding to human rights complaints and developing harassment policies
* Providing labour and employment advice to clients on corporate transactions, reorganizations, downsizing and closures; and
* Representing employers in responding to privacy complaints and requests for information pursuant to provincial and federal privacy legislation

Professional Associations

Professional Activities
* Canadian Bar Association, Member
* BC Human Resources Management Association, Member

Community Activities
* Western Canada Society to Access Justice, pro bono clinic volunteer


"How to craft computer policies on personal emails and surfing" (December 8, 2011), Author

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Duty to Accommodate (2008)

Supreme Court of Canada issues Landmark Employment Law Decision in Keays v. Honda Canada Inc. (2008)

"What if you Suspect the Disability Claim to be False? A Guide to Fair and Proper Investigations" Insight Information Co., Duty to Accommodate (2005), Co-author


"Employment Law Update", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (May 31, 2012), Speaker

"Managing the Sick Employee", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (June 14, 2011), Speaker

"Accommodating Disabilities", Burnaby Roundtable, BC Human Resources Management Association (February 17, 2011), Speaker

"Dismissing", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (June 2, 2010), Speaker

"Managing the Sick Employee", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (October 30, 2008), Speaker

"Duty to Accommodate", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (June 21, 2007), Speaker

"Drug and Alcohol Testing", Lawson Lundell Labour & Employment Law Seminar (June 21, 2006), Speaker

Bar Admission

British Columbia (2006)
Northwest Territories (2008)
Yukon (2010)



University of Victoria (B.Comm (with Distinction), 1999)
University of Toronto (J.D., 2005)