Duncan Marsden

Partner

Calgary
DMarsden@blg.com
403.232.9722

Duncan practises in all areas of labour and employment law. He provides advice to clients on dismissal procedures, dispute resolution, managing downsizing and other cost-saving exercises, employment litigation and corporate due diligence.

He provides advice on all aspects of employment-related documentation, as well as workers’ compensation, discrimination law, termination tax issues and the interpretation of employment contracts and policies.

 

He frequently provides training to civil court provincial judges on employment law updates.

Before moving to Canada and joining BLG in 2007, he practised for several years in London, England, with the world’s largest law firm in its employment law department.

He is fluent in English and French, and also speaks some German.

He is an avid runner and recently broke a world record for the furthest linked marathon as a charitable fundraising initiative.

He is a member of the Regional Management Committee in BLG’s Calgary office. 

Experience

  • ADT Security Services Canada, Inc v Fluent Home Ltd., 2019 ONSC 2804. A
  • ADT Security Services Canada Inc. v. Fluent Home Ltd., 2018 ONSC 3092.
  • Garland Canada Inc v Shusheski, 20017 ABQB. 
  • Ahmed v. Alberta Health Services, 2015 ABQB 825.
  • Sanders v. A-G of Canada, Federal Court T-1082-14, March 17, 2015. 
  • Mallot v. A-G of Canada, Federal Court T-1864, Nov 13, 2014. 
  • Workers’ Compensation Board Appeals Commission, Decision Number 2015-0383.
  • Workers' Compensation Board Appeals Commission, Decision Number 2015-0297.
  • Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta decision: Balsara v. Zellers Inc., 2013 AHRC 7.
  • Worker’s Compensation Board Appeals Commission, Decision Number 2009-730: concerned the deductibility of premiums. 
  • Sanders v. A-G of Canada, Federal Court T-1082-14, March 17, 2015.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Part-time Commissioner, Alberta Human Rights Commission, Current, August 2018
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Calgary South, Labour & Employment
  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales

Community Involvement

  • Duty counsel for pro bono Court shifts, Provincial Court and Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta
  • Volunteer lawyer, Volunteer Lawyers Service

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers Canada - Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Employment & Labour (Recognised Practitioner) - Alberta) and in the 2020 edition (Employment & Labour (Recognised Practitioner))
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert ® Directory (Workplace Human Rights)
  • Recognized in the 2020 and 2019 editions of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (Litigation Star: Labour and Employment)
  • Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Future Star: Alberta"
  • 2014 Canadian National Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award winner

Bar Admission & Education

  • Alberta, 2009
  • England and Wales, 2000
  • College of Law, York University, 1997
  • Diplôme d'études juridiques françaises, Université Robert Schumann,Strasbourg, 1995
  • LLB (with French), Leicester University, 1996