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Halifax labour and employment, immigration firms join forces

Monday, March 29, 2021 @ 2:36 PM | By John Chunn

Andrea Baldwin and Nancy Barteaux announced that they have joined their respective immigration and employment law practices because of the synergies between their areas of practice.

“Andrea and I share many values including our approach to client service for the many employers we both represent,” Barteaux, founder and principal of the Halifax firm Barteaux Labour and Employment Lawyers Inc., said in a news release.

“We focus on providing strategic and timely advice and solutions to our clients for their workplace legal needs so they can focus on running their businesses.”

Immigration law is now a core practice area at the firm and Baldwin said she could not be happier. “Immigration law is a natural fit with employment law,” said Baldwin who represents employers across Atlantic Canada and beyond. “My move to the Barteaux firm is benefiting our respective clients. Many of my clients have employment law needs related to the hiring of foreign nationals and many of Nancy’s clients rely on international talent to meet their human resourcing requirements. Our clients now have access to our combined experience which provides added value.

“Nancy’s approach to the practice of law and her leadership style really resonated with me. She works hard, is driven to do the right thing for her clients and is generous with her mentorship of young lawyers. For all these reasons, joining the Barteaux team was the right decision for me.”

Since teaming up with Baldwin, Barteaux has observed how critical immigration can be for filling persistent skill shortages, and important infrastructure projects. “Even with COVID-19 travel restrictions which more or less closed Canada’s borders to international travellers, I have seen that immigration is as important a tool as ever for employers, especially those in Atlantic Canada who struggle to find qualified and available talent in the face of demographic and labour market challenges.”

Barteaux has practised almost exclusively in labour and employment law since she was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 1995. After becoming a lawyer in Nova Scotia in 2003, Baldwin established and grew a business immigration practice at a large regional law firm where she was a partner before moving to a law firm affiliated with one of the “Big Four” accounting firms in 2016 to launch their immigration practice in Atlantic Canada.