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Changes to the ESA are coming January 1 – are you ready? Nov 29 lunch and learn with Cherolyn Knapp

Creative Solutions for addressing the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, Bill 148

Cherolyn Knapp of Nelson, Watson LLP will be speaking on what will the changes to rules about minimum wage, vacation pay, personal emergency leave and equal pay for equal work mean to your business and how will you plan for the changes? Join us for this important information and strategy workshop.

Wed, 29 November 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST

Business Centre Guelph-Wellington 14 Macdonell Street, Guelph, Ontario

Lunch will be provided.

Link to register:

Lunch and Learn Series Sponsored by Global Currency Services

We’re hiring a litigation lawyer for a 1-year contract

Looking to break into practice outside the GTA? This may the opportunity for you. Practice law in Guelph, one of Canada’s best cities to live. Vibrant, growing, community law firm seeks litigation/employment associate with litigation experience for a 10 to 12 month contract to cover a parental leave. Start date February 1, 2017.

Primary focus of practice will be civil litigation, including employment, human rights, commercial disputes, property, estates and other general civil litigation. Work with a litigation team which includes partner, associate, paralegal and law clerk support.

The ideal candidate possesses experience in one or more of the above areas of law, strong desire to live and work in Guelph interest in civil litigation and/or employment law, desire to help individuals and small to medium businesses, and the attributes of a self-starter, team player, excellent written and verbal communicator, problem-solver and trusted legal advisor.

Reply by email to with covering letter addressed to C. Knapp, resume, references and compensation expectations. Discretion assured.

Deadline December 14, 2016.

See our posting on 


We’re hiring a corporate/real estate law clerk

Experienced law clerk needed for real estate and corporate practice in busy office in Guelph. The ideal candidate will be organized and an excellent communicator. Reply  with covering letter addressed to L. Villar, resume, references and compensation expectations to be sent by email to Deadline December 6, 2016.

See our posting here

Nelson, Watson LLP has moved to 15 Lewis Road, Guelph!

On July 29, 2016, Nelson, Watson LLP opened their doors at 15 Lewis Road in Guelph!

After multiple renovations and months of planning Nelson, Watson has successfully relocated to Lewis Road. The move marks a milestone at the firm as we continue to expand while offering the same quality services as well as more parking and meeting rooms to better serve current and future clients.

Visit our contact page for directions to our new office.

Renovations underway, Nelson, Watson LLP prepares to move!

We are counting down the days! On July 29, 2016, Nelson, Watson LLP will open its doors at 15 Lewis Road, Suite 101, Guelph, Ontario N1H 1E9.

The new office is easily accessible from the Hanlon Expressway/Hwy 6 and Speedvale Avenue. There will be ample parking, meeting rooms and work space for our team.

Telephone, email and facsimile contact information will remain the same.

We are looking forward to offering the same great quality of service in a bigger space! If you need help finding our location, please visit this map for directions.

Kim Landoni, elected to OBA Council for Central West Region

We are pleased to announce Kimberley Landoni has been selected as one of 6 successful candidates to represent the Central West Region on the Ontario Bar Association Council. Kim replaces Cherolyn Knapp following her completion of six years serving on OBA Council.

Kim was called to the bar in June 2015 and is an associate lawyer at Nelson, Watson LLP. She practices mainly civil litigation, employment and human rights law with Cherolyn Knapp and Heather MacDougall.  Kim grew up in Arthur and plays roller derby in her spare time.

Congratulations Kim!

Nelson, Watson LLP is moving August 1

Nelson, Watson LLP is moving! As of August 1, 2016, our address will be 15 Lewis Road, Guelph. The new office is easily accessible from the Hanlon Expressway/Hwy 6 and Speedvale Avenue. There will be ample parking, meeting rooms and work space for our team. Here is a map of the new location.  Our other contact information will remain the same. Stay tuned for more details!

Wolfe, Smith & Forster LLP will stay at its downtown Fergus location at 140 St. Andrew Street West, Fergus.



Can KW businesses get compensation for losses from LRT construction?

Cherolyn Knapp spoke to CTV Kitchener and Abigail Bimman for their 3-part series, “Up to Speed“.  Cherolyn explained that when a municipality or other level of government undertakes a public works project that causes business losses, businesses can seek compensation for Injurious Affection.  The remedy arises under Ontario’s Expropriations Act  (even when no land was expropriated).

Claims can be brought by commercial landlords or business owners and must be started within 12 months after they become aware of actual losses. It is not permitted to sue in Court. A claim is commenced by serving notice on the Municipality and filing it with the Ontario Municipal Board.   The business claiming compensation has to prove:

  •  the loss resulted from an act of an entity exercising statutory authority (i.e. a provincial government or municipality);
  • the loss resulted from a substantial interference with the business’ operations and the interference was unreasonable (i.e. the interference has to be substantial, not minimal); and
  • the loss resulted from the construction of the public work, not its use or operation (i.e. the fact of the construction of an LRT line, airport, highway, as opposed to the later use or operation of that public work).

Businesses should maintain financial records including records of when and how the  losses were incurred, records of communications from the municipality, photos, notes and video recordings with time and date stamps of actual construction interference.  They may also likely need to obtain expert reports from accountants and engineers to give opinions on the losses and the unreasonableness of the interference.

The upshot is that we all benefit as a society from improvements to public works and infrastructure. The law of injurious affection, as laid out in the Expropriations Act, requires that governments such as municipalities or the Province compensate business owners for the business losses caused by those projects.

Click here to see the 3 part Series.  Part 3: “Can You Sue for LRT Construction” includes Cherolyn’s interview.

For more information, contact Nelson, Watson LLP in association with Wolfe, Smith & Forster LLP and ask to meet with Cherolyn Knapp’s litigation team about a potential injurious affection claim.