Laurie Jessome

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Laurie Jessome* is a partner in the Employment & Labour Group at Cassels and serves as Chair of the firm’s Advocacy Group. Laurie provides advice to, and advocates on behalf of, employers on all aspects of the employment relationship, including drafting employment agreements, drafting and enforcing restrictive covenants, discipline and dismissal issues, employment standards compliance, and human rights complaints. She also advises on and conducts workplace investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment and other forms of employee misconduct. Laurie has represented clients before provincial and federal human rights tribunals, the Superior Court of Ontario, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Employment Standards Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Labour, and in mediations and grievance arbitrations.

Laurie has authored articles on employment issues, which have appeared in prominent publications including Lexpert, Workplace Magazine, HR Professional Magazine and Canadian Corporate Counsel. She is also co-author of The Canadian Human Rights Act: Quick Reference and a frequent contributor to firm publications on topics of concern to employers in Ontario.

*denotes Professional Corporation

  • Chambers Canada (Employment)
  • “Laurie Jessome is fantastic and is very knowledgeable. She gives very calm and measured guidance in a way that reassures us that things are being handled, which is really helpful in problematic situations. She is excellent.” – Chambers Canada (Employment & Labour)
  • “She’s to the point yet personable. She’s a true partner for our operations. I trust Laurie’s guidance, I know she always has the company’s best interests in mind.” – Chambers Canada (Employment & Labour)
  •  “I found her to be extremely knowledgeable, diligent, and pragmatic. Her approach was calm and methodical.” – Chambers Canada (Employment & Labour)
  • “Demonstrates ‘unbelievable thoroughness’ in her work with ‘excellent people skills.’” – Chambers Canada (Employment & Labour)
  • LL.B., University of Toronto, 2002
  • B.A. (Hons.), St. Francis Xavier University, 1999
  • Ontario, 2003
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association