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Jenson Leung and his team assists clients with all labour, employment and long-term disability matters, including wrongful dismissal, human rights, arbitration, insurance and privacy matters.

 

Jenson has extensive experience representing individuals, non-profits and business clients throughout the Lower Mainland. He regularly advises and assists clients in dealing with employment contracts, executive compensation, employee discipline/management, terminations, and long-term disability insurance denials.

 

Jenson grew up in the Lower Mainland, and graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in 2013. He attended the University of Calgary for his first year of law school then obtained his law degree from the University of Victoria in 2017 after completing the UVic Law Co-op program, where he worked with the Ontario Securities Commission in Toronto and two major Vancouver law firms.

 

Jenson joined Kane Shannon Weiler LLP since November 2022 in its Surrey office. Prior to joining KSW Lawyers, his past experience included over five years of full-time legal experience in the areas of employment law, insurance defence, regulatory law and civil litigation. He has also managed the closing process for a major commercial real estate transaction. His litigation experience includes assisting with a 2-month long commercial arbitration and acting as lead counsel on wrongful dismissal trials in BC Supreme Court.

 

Throughout the years, Jenson has volunteered with various organizations including as board member for the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC and a committee member for the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (BC). Jenson has also appeared on TV, radio and podcast interviews and presented at the 2021CPHR BC & Yukon conference.

 

Jenson also co-owns a commercial cleaning business with his wife. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his dog, meeting new people, scuba diving, and video games.

Education and Certifications 

  • University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, 2017
  •  University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Arts, 2013
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional - Canada (CIPP/C)
  • Vice Chair/Board Member – Wildlife Rescue Association of BC
  • Member/past committee member – Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (BC)
  • Member – Canadian Bar Association
  • Snider v Reotech Construction Ltd., 2021 BCPC 238, aff’d 2022BCSC 317 – where a two-year construction labourer was awarded a 4.5 month notice period, which was substantially affirmed on appeal.
  • Nicolas Jr. v Ocean Pacific Hotels Ltd., 2022 BCSC 1052 – successfully representing a hotel employee who was laid off then terminated during theCOVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2016 CLEBC Human Rights Conference (as co-author). Recent decisions regarding Applications to Dismiss a Complaint alleging Failure to Accommodate: What an Employer needs to prove to have a complaint dismissed
  • Business in Vancouver (as co-author). Fight against gender-based wage discrimination is far from won.
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3.3.2020
Human Rights
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Our client was injured in a helicopter crash at work. The employer then terminated her employment while she was on medical leave and WorkSafeBC benefits. Our client filed a complaint under the Human Rights Code and the employer applied to dismiss the complaint under s. 27(1)(c) of the Code. We resited the application to dismiss and it was denied as the employer was unsuccessful in showing that the complaint had no reasonable prospect of success. Importantly, the tribunal found that “determinations made by WorkSafeBC abour whether an employee can return to a pre-injury job are not based on a human rights analysis of whether an employer has fulfilled its duty to accommodate.”
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1.21.2020
Commercial, Insurance & Criminal
CHRIS DRINOVZ
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Chris was co-counsel for the defendant in a case where the plaintiff claimed that the defendant intentionally ran him over with her vehicle. After a six day trial, the Court dismissed the plaintiff’s claims for aggravated and punitive damages and found the plaintiff was in fact 50% responsible for the incident.
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11.19.2019
WorkSafeBC Compensation
CHRIS DRINOVZ
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Judicial review – Workers Compensation Board accepted our client’s claim for a back injury sustained on a first day on the job with her new employer. In setting her long-term wage rate, WCB found her to be a ‘temporary’ worker. We argued for our client that her employment was permanent. WCAT dismissed our claim and affirmed the initial WCB decision. We petitioned the BC Supreme Court, and the Court found the WCAT decision was patently unreasonable as it failed to make findings about the words of our client’s oral employment contract. This judicial review presented an interesting intersection of employment law, workers compensation law, and administrative law. Read Chris’ blog post about this case here.
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9.20.2019
Employment Insurance & CPP
CHRIS DRINOVZ
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Chris’ client was denied Employment Insurance benefits after the Commission determined that she had left her job voluntarily. We appealed to the Social Security Tribunal and successfully argued that our client was in fact terminated from employment and therefore she was entitled to EI benefits. She received a retroactive payment and ongoing support during her search for new employment.
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