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Our Approach

At Ryder Wright Blair & Holmes we pride ourselves on being open and approachable. We work with you as part of a team to address your issues and needs.

The members of RWBH value the long term relationships we develop with our clients. We can help you see the big picture and achieve long term solutions, rather than simply focusing on matters on a case by case basis. We strive for efficiency and always provide high quality service at reasonable rates.

The members of the firm have many passions outside of law: social and political causes, playing music, travel, and, of course, spending time with our families. We are committed to maintaining a balance between our work and our outside interests and believe this balance allows us to bring energy, creativity and focused attention to our work on behalf of our clients.

Our Firm

Based in Toronto, Ryder Wright Blair & Holmes LLP is a mid-sized law firm. Each of the lawyers in the firm offers a unique expertise. Together we have built RWBH’s reputation as an exceptional union side labour law firm.

RWBH has represented unions before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario and British Columbia Courts of Appeal, and the Divisional Court as well as in all manner of Labour Relations Boards proceedings, arbitrations, mediations and contract negotiations.

We have successfully represented clients operating in industrial and commercial settings; telecommunications; local and provincial governments; universities, colleges and school boards; and hospitals and health centres. The firm has also acted on behalf of the members of a number of different professions in professional discipline matters and in other regulatory and licensing proceedings.

RWBH also has a wide range of experience in representing clients on public policy issues. We have been retained to appear before legislative committees and inquiries, to draft briefs and position papers and to provide strategic public policy advice.

For a detailed list of our services, please see Areas of Practice.

Our History

The firm's roots reach back to James McRuer, distinguished counsel and later Chief Justice of Ontario, and author of a seminal report on civil liberties in Ontario; to Andrew Brewin, Q.C., who defended the rights of Japanese-Canadians before the Privy Council and was for many years NDP Member of Parliament in Toronto's east end; and on to Ian Scott, Q.C., who was one of the leading appeal and administrative lawyers in the province and later Attorney-General of Ontario between 1985 and 1990.

Alick Ryder and John Brewin began their practice with the firm Cameron, Brewin, McCallum and Scott. In 1980 Cameron, Brewin and Scott merged with Gowling & Henderson. In 1989 Alick Ryder, David Wright and Pamela Chapman left Gowlings and, along with their former colleague Kevin Whitaker, former Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board and now a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, formed the firm that is today Ryder Wright Blair & Holmes LLP.

Our founding partner, Alick Ryder, retired in 2012. In his 46 years of practice, Alick established many precedents that advanced the interests of unions and working people. His legacy remains at RWBH, both in the training and skills he imparted to our lawyers and in the culture of the firm. Alick established our commitment to providing high quality and practical advice to clients and maintaining a balance between our working lives and other interests.