Our Firm

We are a boutique employment and labour law firm of 14 lawyers, a mediator, an articling student and a dedicated team of support staff with offices in both Vancouver and Surrey.  Employment and labour law is all we do.  We love to empower employees, level the playing field, and impact the outcome.  We are also a strong advocate for workers through their unions, providing a wide range of services and support to unions from a variety of industries.

Firm History & Partners

The firm was founded in 2001 by Dick Hamilton and Nicole Howell on departure from a mid-sized Vancouver law firm.  They sought to create a different kind of law firm where a lawyer could care more about the client and less about billing targets. View More


Most firms say that they are client-centric, cost-effective, and demonstrate legal excellence. But what does this really mean and how do you know it’s true? We’d rather just tell you how we’re different. View More


Our clients include white and blue collar employees at all levels, and spanning all industries. We recognise that the issues our clients face affect both their livelihood and their futures. View More


Our client was a 37-year old restaurant manager with 13.5 years of employment who alleged she was terminated (or constructively dismissed) whereas the owner claimed she was suspended and then abandoned her position. View More


After 15 years of employment, I was terminated without cause and escorted out of the building. I was offered a severance package and told I had 7 days to accept it. It was a low point. The lawyers at HHBG made me feel like I had regained control. View More

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Managing Partner, Surrey Office
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