Kathryn Raymond, Q.C. arbitrates and mediates workplace disputes in the public and private sectors. She also practices employment and administrative law representing both employers and employees.
Kathryn graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1985. Today, her ADR practice includes labour relations arbitration, appointment to the Nova Scotia Minister of Labour’s List of Arbitrators, adjudication of complaints involving labour standards, labour relations and occupational health and safety issues as a Vice Chair of the Nova Scotia Labour Board, adjudication of human rights and discrimination complaints as a Nova Scotia Human Rights Board of Inquiry, arbitrations in the education sector, and insurance disputes and tax assessment adjudication as a member of the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal. Kathryn finds it especially rewarding to resolve harassment and bullying complaints in the workplace. Kathryn also conducts workplace investigations.
Kathryn’s experience as arbitrator and mediator is founded upon over 30 years of experience as an advocate for her clients. In her employment and administrative law practice, Kathryn provides advice and legal representation before the courts and tribunals. Having practiced law in both Toronto and Halifax, in private practice as well as in-house counsel, Kathryn has comprehensive knowledge and experience in all issues related to the workplace, including employment law, labour relations, human rights, professional regulation, and administrative law.
Her knowledge includes statutory interpretation and application in regulated environments, having been involved in statutory and regulatory development in Nova Scotia and policy development with both the Nova Scotia and Ontario governments. Kathryn also has extensive experience in a professional regulation and healthcare context as neutral counsel to adjudicative and investigative tribunals, including medical staff privileges litigation and professional discipline. This includes training tribunal members, procedural advice during hearings, policy development and procedural design.
Kathryn brings insight from over three decades of experience to the table to help parties settle their disputes and to advocate for her clients. Kathryn’s strength is her analytical ability and practical approach. She can simplify and clarify what may be complex issues. She understands the interpersonal relationships and operational dynamics that can lead to legal disputes in the workplace.
Kathryn’s areas of interest include access to justice, interest-based mediation, cultural competency in adjudication and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of dispute resolution in the interest of healthy workplaces.
ADR services include mediation, arbitration, mediation/arbitration (med-arb), neutral case evaluation, workplace investigation, private mini-trials and final appeals in civil disputes. Kathryn offers dispute systems design, policy development, training and education for quasi-adjudicative tribunals and other conflict management services. Legal services for her employment law clients include empathetic, concise legal advice and comprehensive litigation support.
Hearings or mediations may be expedited upon request. To book an arbitration or mediation, Kathryn’s availability may be checked via her online calendar, www.adrweb.ca. Kathryn’s reported decisions are listed below and available for review on Can LII.