Black Gropper is a progressive labour and employment law firm, located in downtown Vancouver.

Black Gropper was founded in 1999 by a group of partners and associates of the former Vancouver law firm, McTaggart Ellis, which had represented trade unions (local, national and international), labour organizations, teachers and other employees for over 50 years. We have a long standing and varied clientele of which we are extremely proud, and we continue to grow and develop new client relationships.

We believe that our success is rooted in our team of dedicated professionals who enjoy the practice of labour and employment law. We also credit our success to the collaborative, innovative and problem solving approach that we use to address our client's needs in a cost efficient and effective manner.

Please see our Practice Areas, Clients, Lawyers or Resources pages to learn more about our firm.
Black Gropper is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and is equipped to address all arising labour issues.

This includes addressing:
  • Overtime and scheduling
  • Sick leave and quarantine
  • Family Responsibility Leave
  • Compassionate Care Leave
  • Layoff and partial layoff
  • Working from home
  • Safe work requirements
  • Leave cancellations
  • Use of vacation time
  • Employee medical information
  • The duty to bargain changes to terms and conditions of employment

Black Gropper remains available to support our clients, and we invite you to contact us with your COVID-19 concerns.
Recent News
In May, Jessica Burke will present on a panel addressing Criminal Law and Regulated Professions, as part of the Trial Lawyers Association of BC’s Criminal Cross-Over Legal Education Program

This year marks Black Gropper’s 20th year in practice; and next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Allan Black Q.C.’s call to the bar. Black Gropper evolved from the law firm of McTaggart Ellis which was founded in 1917. It was the oldest firm practicing union side labour and employment law in the Province.

Gall Levit has joined the Canadian Bar Association of BC (CBABC) Equality and Diversity Committee which advises and assists in the implementation of strategies and programs to recognize equality and diversity within the CBABC, the legal profession and the justice system.

Allan Black QC has been appointed to the Vancouver Police Board.

Kas Pavanantharajah has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver, a human rights organization that provides support services to women, girls and children at the risk of involvement, involved in or affected by the criminal justice system.
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