James Oakley

James Oakley

Suite 501, Fortis Building
139 Water Street
P.O. Box 5211
St. John's NL  A1C 5W1
Tel: (709) 726-6744
Fax: (709) 726-6746
Email: joakley@nfld.net

Primary Jurisdiction

Newfoundland and Labrador

Arbitration Practice

In practice since 1986.


LL.M. (ADR), 2011, Osgoode Hall Law School; LL.B., 1979, University of Western Ontario; B.Ed., 1976, Memorial University of Newfoundland; B.A., 1974, University of Alberta.


Arbitrator, Mediator, Oakley Dispute Resolution, areas of practice include labour disputes, property and civil disputes, adjudication of costs disputes as Master of Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, law practice in Newfoundland and Labrador since 1980.

Standard Fees for Cancellation

Available upon request.

Lists and Panels

Newfoundland & Labrador Labour Relations Agency; Labour Canada.

Related Adjudication Experience

Chairperson (Interim), Newfoundland Labour Relations Board, 2003-2004; Vice Chairperson, Newfoundland Labour Relations Board, 1991-2004; Chairperson, Newfoundland Labour Standards Board, 2000; Adjudicator, unjust dismissal and wage recovery appeals under Canada Labour Code; Chair, Disciplinary Panels (police and correctional officers); Chair, Conciliation Board, appointed under Newfoundland Labour Relations Act; appointed final offer selection arbitrator, fish price disputes, 1998; ADR: municipal planning and zoning, general civil litigation.


National Academy of Arbitrators; ADR Institute of Canada, C. Arb.; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, MCIArb

Arbitration Awards on CanLII

For Arbitrator Oakley's awards on CanLII, click here. Note: CanLII, the Canadian Legal Information Institute, offers free access to the full text of recent awards by this arbitrator.

Related Publications

"Ethical Issues and Due Process", Proceedings of National Academy of Arbitrators, co-panelist, BNA Books, 2010; "Employee Duty of Loyalty - A Canadian Perspective", author, Comparative Labour Law and Policy Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2, Winter 1999; "Charter of Rights and Independence and Administrative Tribunals", paper presented to Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, May 2001; "Principles of Evidence for Administrative Tribunals", paper presented to Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, May 1997.

Arbitrators are invited to send awards to decisions@lancasterhouse.com. In an effort to facilitate access to justice, Lancaster House forwards all awards it receives from arbitrators to CanLII.