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James E. Dorsey, Q.C.

James E. Dorsey, Q.C.

3380 Redfern Place
North Vancouver, BC  V7N 3W1
Tel: (604) 980-7225
Fax: (604) 909-2755
Email: dorseyj@shaw.ca
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Primary Jurisdiction

British Columbia

Arbitration Practice

In practice since 1976; also active in federal jurisdiction.

Education

B.A., 1969, St. Dunstan's University; LL.B., 1973, Dalhousie University.

Background

Nova Scotia Health Labour Relations Restructuring Mediator-Arbitrator (2014-15); Reviewer, Metro Vancouver Labour Relations Function (2011); Member, Law Society of BC Credentials and Discipline Hearing Panel Pool (2011-15); British Columbia class size and composition arbitrator for school years 2006-10.

Chair - Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Review (2006-07); Nova Scotia Workers' Compensation Review Committee (2001-02); Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Review Committee (2001); Board of Governors, Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia (1990-95).

Commissioner of Inquiry - Saskatchewan Health Labour Relations Reorganization Commission (1996-97); British Columbia Health Labour Relations Reorganization Commission (1995).

President and Chief Executive Officer, Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia (1993-94); Partner, Braidwood, MacKenzie, Fujisawa, Brewer & Greyell (1984-91); Private practice as arbitrator, consultant and related third party roles in labour relations (1982-84); Associate lawyer, Braidwood, Nuttall, MacKenzie, Brewer, Greyell & Company (1976-77).

Standard Fees for Cancellation

Hourly rate for all services and time is $275 per hour. If timely notice of cancellation or adjournment is received, no fee is charged.

The circumstances when a fee may be charged and the amount of the fee are as follows:

  • One scheduled day of hearing is cancelled or adjourned on the workday immediately before the scheduled date, the fee is $1,375.
  • Two or three consecutively scheduled days are cancelled or adjourned within one week of the first scheduled date of proceedings, the fee is $1,650.
  • Two or three consecutively scheduled days are cancelled or adjourned on the workday immediately before the scheduled date of proceedings, the fee is $1,925.
  • Four or more consecutively scheduled days are cancelled or adjourned within one week of the first scheduled date of proceedings, the fee is $3,600.
  • Four or more consecutively scheduled days are cancelled or adjourned on the workday immediately before the first scheduled date of proceedings, the fee is $4,400.
  • In circumstances of earlier notice, regardless of the number of scheduled days, when a disbursement, such as a hotel cancellation charge, has been incurred a $300 fee for administrative services is charged. If the hourly fees for pre-hearing services equal or exceed $300, no administrative services fee is charged.

When six or more consecutive days are to be scheduled, I may ask you to consider other circumstances and amounts.

If I am paid for other work for all or part of the first scheduled day of proceedings that is adjourned or cancelled, the fee is reduced or not charged.

Lists and Panels

Registrar of Arbitrators under B.C. Labour Relations Code; Disciplinary and Credentials Hearing Panel Pool, Law Society of British Columbia; named arbitrator in numerous collective agreements in various industries.

Related Adjudication Experience

Vice-Chair, Canada Labour Relations Board (1977-82); Vancouver Police Board (1989-91); Member, Discipline and Credentials Hearing Panel Pool, Law Society of British Columbia (2011-15). Particular interest arbitration experience in education, hospitals, casinos, and hospitality.

Associations

National Academy of Arbitrators, 2008-17; Arbitrators Association of British Columbia (Director, 1983-85; Secretary, 1985-87, Vice-President, 2004-05; President, 2006-08; Past President 2010).

Arbitration Awards on CanLII

For Arbitrator Dorsey'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

Numerous published articles, book reviews and unpublished papers. Commissioned reports, books and encyclopaedic volumes – Sustainable or Spent Force? Review of Metro Vancouver Labour Relations Function (March 2011); Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Act Committee of Review 2006 Report (February 2007); The Nova Scotia Workers' Compensation Program: A Focused Review (March 2002); Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Act Review Committee 2001 Report (December 5, 2001); Review 2000 of the Saskatchewan Workers' Compensation Board: Recurring and Current Administrative Issues (October 3, 2000); Reorganization of Saskatchewan's Health Labour Relations (Health Labour Relations Reorganization Commission, 1997); Reshaping B.C. Health Sector Appropriate Bargaining Units (Health Sector Labour Relations Commission, 1995); Employment Law (Canadian Encyclopaedic Digest) (Western), third edition, Volumes 11C and 11D, Title 54.1 - Parts 1 to 8 [Constitutional Competence; Legislative Regulation and Common Law of Employment; National Goals and International Commitments; Federal Collective Bargaining Law - Private and Public Sectors; Alberta Collective Bargaining Law; British Columbia Collective Bargaining Law; Manitoba Collective Bargaining Law; and Saskatchewan Collective Bargaining Law] and 1988 and 1990 updates; Canada Labour Relations Board: Federal Law and Practice (Toronto: Carswell, 1983); Employee/Employer Rights in British Columbia (Vancouver: Self Counsel Press, 1974-1991); "Accreditation in Construction Labour Relations" (Halifax: Dalhousie Institute of Public Affairs, 1974).

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.