Patrick Trent

Patrick Trent  


Executive Summary

Patrick Trent is a partner in our Montréal office. Since 2004, Patrick's focus has been on labour and employment law, as well as administrative law. Patrick advises employers on all matters related to employment standards, labour relations, workplace human rights issues and workplace health and safety. He has represented clients before the Commissions des relations du travail, the Commission des lésions professionnelles, in grievance arbitrations, at the Court of Québec, the Superior Court of Québec and the Québec Court of Appeal. He also advises on labour and employment matters relating to commercial transactions, privacy and confidentiality issues, and restrictive covenants. As well, Patrick has developed expertise in matters concerning the health and social services sector, more specifically in providing advice to health establishments in the context of disciplinary matters concerning physicians as well as in corporate, employment and union certification matters.

Before becoming a lawyer, Patrick worked as a Parliamentary Intern in Ottawa in 1998-99.

Representative Work

  • Represented A&D Prévost in a collective agreement interpretation grievance: Maxime Larouche/Gaétan Héroux/Métallurgistes Unis d’Amérique section locale 9414 and A&D Prévost Inc., (2013), decision by Jean-Guy Clément, grievance arbitrator.
  • Represented the McGill University Health Centre in the context of a wrongful termination grievance:  Madame Marie-Géralda Malivert/Syndicat des employé(es) du Centre universitaire de santé McGill and le Centre universitaire de santé McGill, (2012), decision by Jean-Guy Clément, grievance arbitrator.
  • Represented a large employer in a workers’ compensation claim before the Commission des lésions professionnelles. The employee’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits on account of her depression was denied: M. P. and Compagnie A, (2012 QCCLP 6017), decision by Margaret Cuddihy.
  • Represented a lawyer in the context of an unjust dismissal complaint before the Commission des relations du travail and in a subsequent application for judicial review by the former employer:  Marie-Claude Caron and Robert Daigneault, Cabinet d’avocats, (2009 QCCRT 0290), Marie-Claude Caron and Robert Daigneault, Cabinet d’avocats, (2011 QCCRT 0008) and Robert Daigneault, Cabinet d’avocats and Marie-Claude Caron, (2012), Superior Court of Québec;
  • Represented Motos Jean-François Hamel Ltée in the context of an unjust dismissal complaint by a former employee before the Commission des relations du travail: Sylvie Béliveau and Motos Jean-François Hamel Ltée, (2011 QCCRT 0308), decision by Alain Turcotte.
  • Represented McGill University in the context of an interpretation grievance:  L’union des employés de service, Local 800, F.T.Q. and Université McGill, (2011), decision by Maureen Flynn, grievance arbitrator.

Publications & Presentations

  • Various media interviews with La Presse, Canal Argent, Radio Centre Ville, 2012.
  • Presenter, “Legal Issues Surrounding the Use of Video Surveillance Equipment,” loss prevention seminar, Conseil Québécois du Commerce du Détail, 2012.
  • Presenter, “The Disciplinary Process Applicable to Physicians When the Complaints are Made by Employees,” BLG Montréal Health Law Symposium, 2012.
  • Presenter, “The Use of GPS Devices in the Employment Context,” BLG Toronto Labour & Employment Annual Symposium, 2011.
  • Presenter, “Responding to and Investigating Internal Fraud,” BLG Ottawa Labour & Employment Symposium, 2011.
  • Numerous presentations to clients and in the context of seminars on the following topics: employer’s duty to accommodate, psychological harassment, the hiring process, social media, managing employee leaves, employment terminations, workplace health and safety and employees with psychological disorders.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • ​Recognized in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Canada as a Next Generation Lawyer (Labour and Employment).