Amanda Lawrence-Patel is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. Amanda advises both public and private sector employers on a wide range of labour and employment matters, with a particular emphasis on labour relations issues, legislative compliance and human rights matters in the private, school board and university sectors.
Amanda appears as counsel on a variety of labour and employment disputes, including grievances, human rights applications, applications to the Ontario Labour Relations Board and complaints to the Ministry of Labour. Amanda also provides clients with ongoing support and advice in matters pertaining to legislative compliance, contract drafting and policy implementation. Amanda frequently provides workplace investigation training and accommodation training to clients at Hicks Morley’s internal workplace sessions and she frequently provides external training on issues such as workplace investigations, the duty to accommodate and workplace harassment.
Amanda is a member of the Ontario Bar Association.
Memberships & Affiliations
Canadian Bar Association – Member
Ontario Bar Association – Executive Member (Education Law Section), Member (Labour & Employment Law Section)
Hicks Morley United Way Committee, Co-Chair, 2017 – 2020
Select Publications & Presentations
“COVID-19 Education Law Update – Accommodating Staff and Students” Osgoode Professional Development (May 15, 2020)
“Current Trends and Emerging Issues in Student Discipline” Ontario Bar Association’s Institute (February 6, 2019)
“Work Integrated Learning: Best Practices for Legal Risk Management” Osgoode Professional Development (February 15, 2018)
“The Duty to Accommodate Does Not Require the Removal of Essential Duties” Ontario Bar Association (June 1, 2015)
“Tranchemontagne Test for Discrimination Upheld at HRTO” Ontario Bar Association (January 22, 2015)
University of Toronto, J.D.
Acadia University, B.A. (Hons.)