Emma Phillips

Emma Phillips



Emma Phillips is a member of our labour law group. Her practice focuses on labour relations in the broader public sector, including in the university sector, and in privacy and freedom of information law, and human rights.

Emma joined the firm in 2006, after clerking for Justice Marie Deschamps at the Supreme Court of Canada. Emma has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before labour arbitrators and the Ontario Labour Relations Board.

Emma acted as counsel to the External Review on Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment in the Armed Forces, which was released in March 2015, and to an independent review commissioned by the UN on sexual abuse by peacekeepers. The UN report, Taking Action on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Peacekeepers, was released in December 2015.

Emma speaks regularly in the areas of privacy in the workplace, the application of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and human rights accommodation. One of Emma’s recent papers explores the recent trends in privacy law, including the clear affirmation by Canada’s highest courts that employees have a reasonable expectation of privacy in the workplace, and the increasing recognition of the importance of “informational privacy” in the workplace.

Emma received her law degree from the University of Toronto in 2005, where she also completed a Master’s degree in Criminology, writing her thesis on the transformation of the labour market in contemporary Cuba. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) in Anthropology from Harvard University. Emma was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2006.

Emma serves as co-Chair of The Advocate Society’s Labour and Employment Practice Group. She is also a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.