Peter A. Gall

Peter A. Gall, Q.C., Partner


Phone: (604) 891-1152

Peter A. Gall is widely recognized for his expertise in general civil litigation, administrative law, constitutional law as well as labour and employment law. He has acted as counsel before various administrative tribunals and at all levels of the courts. Mr. Gall also represents clients in the sports and entertainment fields.

He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in numerous cases, including:

Mr. Gall was counsel to the Korbin Commission on the contractual relationships between the government and doctors in British Columbia.

He has authored numerous articles on administrative, constitutional, and labour law, some which have been cited and quoted from by the Supreme Court of Canada. A regular guest speaker in Canada and abroad, he has been a keynote speaker at the Stanford lectures for Canadian Judges. He has served as the associate editor of the Administrative Law Reports and is a former contributing editor of the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Cases. He has been an adjunct professor at Stanford, University of Victoria, and University of British Columbia Law Schools, and was Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Law School during the Fall term of 2004.

Formerly, Mr. Gall was a founding partner at Heenan Blaikie’s Vancouver office from 1991 to 2014. He also previously founded Jordan and Gall, which merged with Blakes and started the Blakes’ Vancouver office. Earlier in his career, from 1976 to 1980, he was an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia Law School.


1. “Judicial Review of Labour Tribunals: A Functional Approach”, in U.B.C. Law Review (1979), “Proceedings of the Administrative Law Conference”

This article was cited and relied on by the Supreme Court of Canada in Canadian Broadcasting Corp. v. Canada (Labour Relations Board) [1995] 1 S.C.R. 157 and a passage from the article was quoted by the B.C. Court of Appeal in B.R.A.C., System Board of Adjustment No. 435 v. Canadian Pacific Air Lines Ltd. [1986] B.C. J. No. 1206

2. “Freedom of Association and Trade Unions: A Double-Edged Constitutional Sword”, in Weiler and Elliot (eds): Litigating the Values of a Nation: The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Pacific Institute of Law and Public Policy, 1984)

Passages from this article were quoted with approval by the Supreme Court of Canada in Re: Public Service Relations Act [1987] 1 S.C.R. 313, at pps. 404-405 and 415-416.

Referred to by the Supreme Court of Canada in B.C. Health Services, [2007] 2 S.C.R. 391

3. “Legislation by Litigation: Individualized Accommodation in the Workplace” (2012) with Susan Chapman in the Supreme Court Law Review, Volume 59, page 381.

4. “Seeking Clarity in Moore v. British Columbia (Education)” (2014) with Susan Chapman in the Supreme Court Law Review, Volume 64, page 425.

5. “Problems with a Faith-Based Approach to Judicial Review” in Robertson, Gall, & Daly, eds, Judicial Deference to Administrative Tribunals in Canada: Its History and Future (Markham: LexisNexis, 2014) and in the Supreme Court Law Review, Volume 66, page 183


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