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We are based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. While our criminal defence work tends to be local to the Ottawa area, our workers’ rights and human rights work takes us further. We do union side labour law and union consulting throughout Ontario and are open to cases and projects across the country.

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Miriam Martin
Miriam Martin

Miriam heads up our criminal defence work. She is a fierce advocate for criminally accused persons, no matter what the charges. She also brings a wealth of experience as a union organizer and advocate. When it comes to bargaining, organizing or campaign work, her instinct is second to none.

miriam@avantlaw.ca

Daniel Tucker-Simmons
Daniel Tucker-Simmons

Daniel’s driven and compassionate lawyering style lends force of conviction and attentiveness of ear to his labour and employment advocacy. His technical know-how has enabled us to streamline our business practices and enhance the security of our communications, saving you money and protecting your confidentiality.

daniel@avantlaw.ca

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This is what sets our practice apart

Your Rights Your Rights

Avant Law is dedicated to your rights. Whether you are facing criminal charges, mistreatment in the workplace, or have been wronged by the state or your employer, we’ve got your back.

Within Reach Within Reach

We are committed to running a low-overhead and high-efficiency law practice. We believe in using technology and forming partnerships with other experts and professionals, to reduce some of the costs that make hiring a lawyer difficult for many people and small organizations.

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We offer exceptionally secure filing and communications systems, to protect your confidentiality. For our highest level of security, download our public PGP keys and send us a 4096-bit RSA encrypted e-mail. Or get in touch and ask for our secure phone line.

Avant Blog

Fired for no good reason: a legal primer on wrongful dismissal for Ontario non-union employees

Fired for no good reason: a legal primer on wrongful dismissal for Ontario non-union employees

The law in Ontario is pretty harsh on employees who have been fired. For the most part, employers are at liberty to fire an employee for almost any reason, or even for no reason at all. However, an employer’s power to dismiss without cause isn’t unlimited.

Spousal Compellability and Privilege: Can you be forced to testify against your spouse?

Spousal Compellability and Privilege: Can you be forced to testify against your spouse?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Criminal Law, Legal Information

Legally married spouses of criminally accused persons are now competent and compellable witnesses for the Crown. Those who are legally married nevertheless retain the right to assert spousal privilege, and to refuse to answer questions about communications during the marriage.

Being a Surety for Bail

Being a Surety for Bail

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Criminal Procedure, Legal Information

Many of us will be asked at some point in our lives to act as a surety for a partner, family member, loved one, co-worker or friend. What does being a surety mean? What are a surety’s responsibilities? What do I need to know to become a surety?