Hugh A. Christie

Managing Partner || Toronto

Hugh Christie provides commercial and public sector clients with advice on all elements of employment law, from pre-hiring through recruitment, drafting agreements, benefit plans and policies, discipline, promotion, succession planning, termination, and post-employment obligations. Hugh deals with employment issues arising out of restructuring of the workplace as a result of corporate transactions and trans-border employment issues.

Hugh is co-chair of the Advisory Board of a Centre for the study of Labour and Employment Law at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, the only such Centre in Canada.

Hugh has lectured at the Law Society of Ontario, instructed at its Bar Admission Course, and lectured at the Canadian Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario, the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, and various universities across Canada, including the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University.

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  • LL.M., Mark of Distinction, London School of Economics, 1987
  • LL.B., Queen's University, 1981

Admittance to Practice

  • Ontario, 1983
  • England & Wales, 1988
  • Hong Kong, 1989

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Past board member, The Advocates’ Society
  • Past Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Queen’s University
  • Past Chair, Queen’s University – Audit Committee
  • Past Chair, Algonquin Forestry Authority


  • Ontario Bar Association’s 17th Annual Current Issues in Employment Law Seminar - "Executive Contracts and Complex Compensation" - Toronto - May 9, 2019
  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - "One Problem, One Continent, Three Countries: Employment Solutions for North America" - Boca Raton - November 9, 2017
  • Best Lawyers Award Badge
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Legal 500 Canada (2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (2013-present)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)
  • Chambers Global Guide (2010)

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