Allan E. Black, Q.C.
ALLAN E. BLACK, Q.C. now retired, is peer rated as one of Canada's best labour and employment lawyers. Lexpert has recognized him as a leading practitioner in employment and labour law and as a practitioner "Most Frequently Recommended." He has also been awarded an excellent rating for his legal ability and highest sense of ethics by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review, a testament that lawyer peers consider him to demonstrate the highest level of his professional excellence. In 2010 Allan was nominated for the Peter S. Hyndman award for excellence in mentorship.
Allan has extensive experience representing trade unions, faculty associations and employees in all facets of labour relations, administrative, employment, human rights, and education law. He has appeared as counsel before provincial and federal labour relations boards, arbitration boards, as well as many other administrative tribunals and all levels of court. Allan is a former Vice-Chair of the British Columbia Labour Relations Board, and he has acted as an arbitrator in numerous grievances.
Allan has authored numerous articles and been a guest speaker in a variety of Continuing Legal Education programs, and other seminars. He has also met with and spoken to representatives of our clients on a variety of labour relations topics including grievance and arbitration preparation and presentation skills, updating labour relations and employment law principles, and other "in-service" topics. Allan is a member of the Arbitrators' Association of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers. Allan is a past Chair of the Labour Subsection of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and served on that Subsection Executive for a number of years.
Allan received his Bachelor of Arts in 1966 and his LLB in 1969, both from the University of British Columbia. He received training in negotiation and mediation through the program of instruction for lawyers at the Harvard Law School on negotiation. He was called to the BC bar in 1970. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1999. Allan is a founding partner of Black Gropper.