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Christine Ashton

Lawyer

905-940-0526 cashton@wvllp.ca Download vCard

Areas of ExpertiseEmployment & Labour Law, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Shareholder Disputes, Tax Dispute Resolution

Education University of Ottawa, B.A. (Hons.) 2005; Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B. 2008; In-Depth Tax Course, CPA Canada (in progress)

Languages English

Call to the Bar 2009 Ontario

Christine Ashton

Lawyer

905-940-0526 cashton@wvllp.ca Download vCard

Biography

Christine’s practice is divided between labour and employment law and tax litigation. Christine is dedicated to providing her clients with creative and effective solutions, in a responsive manner.

In regards to her labour and employment law practice, Christine represents unionized and non-unionized employers in all aspects of labour and employment law. Christine is thoroughly versed in issues surrounding the employment relationship from hiring, discipline, compensation, performance management, workplace health and safety, human rights, through to termination. In regards to her unionized clients, Christine has acted as the lead negotiator in collective bargaining and has effectively represented employers in regards to grievances and arbitrations. Christine is frequently engaged in the preparation of employment contracts, manuals, and policies, conducting workplace investigations, and providing client training workshops. Prior to joining Wilson Vukelich, Christine articled with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

Christine also provides advice and advocacy to executives and professionals on employment matters.

In regards to her tax litigation practice, Christine represents individuals and corporations in their disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency. Christine works with accountants and our firm's team of tax lawyers to successfully represent clients at the objection stage, at the appeal stage before the Tax Court of Canada, on applications for judicial review before the Federal Court, on rectification applications, for remission orders, and in regards to requests for taxpayer relief. Christine is particularly focused on positively resolving business related tax disputes, such as the improper assessment of independent contractors as employees, the denial of valid business expense claims, shareholder benefit assessments, and director assessments.

Involvement & Recognition

Christine is a member of and actively involved in various associations and boards of trade, such as the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Tax Foundation.  Christine regularly moderates and speaks at programs on labour and employment topics and tax litigation topics, including events held by the Ontario Bar Association, the Professional Engineers Ontario, the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade, and the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce. She also writes on various labour and employment issues and tax litigation issues.

Christine enjoys travelling and has been on trips to Ireland, England, Norway, France, Germany, Italy, Egypt, Belize, several Caribbean islands, several Greek islands, and the Galapagos Islands.