Brittany Bates

Associate, Toronto
Direct: 416.864.7508
Main: 416.362.1011
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Year of Call: Ontario, 2023
  • Biography

Brittany Bates is a labour and employment lawyer in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office. She advises and represents employers in the private and public sectors on a wide range of labour, employment and human rights matters.

Brittany summered and articled at Hicks Morley before returning as an associate. Prior to joining the firm, she gained valuable labour relations experience acting as the lead research associate for interest arbitration and central collective bargaining negotiations in the long-term care and home care sectors. This experience has shaped Brittany’s practical and client-focused approach to her advice and representation.

Brittany received her Juris Doctor from Western University where she graduated on the Dean’s List. During law school, she held the positions of co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee, co-president of the Labour and Employment Law Society, and program manager of the Sport Solution Clinic, where she advocated for Olympic and national-level athletes in resolving sport-related issues.

Brittany received various academic awards during her studies including the Law Society of Ontario Prize for graduating in the top 15 students of her class, and the J.S.D. Tory Writing Prize for her paper titled, “Improving Labour Arbitration in Canada to Address Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace through the Use of Criminal Law Rules and Concepts.” Prior to law school, Brittany obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts in political science and labour studies from McMaster University, and her Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University.

Outside of her practice, Brittany enjoys reading, long-distance running and spending time with her family and dog.

Memberships & Affiliations

Ontario Bar Association – Member (Labour & Employment Law section)

Canadian Bar Association – Member

Select Publications & Presentations

Keynote Address, “Bargaining Trends for Fire, Police and Paramedics in the Post-COVID World” Emergency Services Steering Committee Annual Meeting (November 29, 2023)


Western University, J.D.

Queen’s University, M.I.R.

McMaster University, B.A. (Hons.)