General Practice, Solo & Small Firm - Lower Mainland Section Meeting (ONLINE ONLY) 

Apr. 29, 2020
Vancouver Online

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Making the Jump: Transitioning from Big Firm to Solo/Small Firm
This meeting is being hosted by the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm - Lower Mainland Section.

Speaker(s): Kirsten Hume Scrimshaw and Andrea Zappavigna, Ally Workplace Law
Time: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm (Pacific Time)
Location: Webinar Only
CPD Hours: 1.00


The “Big Firm” life has its perks, but it’s not for everyone. Kirsten Scrimshaw and Andrea Zappavigna are partners in a boutique firm, but both started their practices in a more traditional law firm. They’ll discuss the biggest differences they’ve noticed between large and small; share their journeys and experiences in deciding to go small; and provide tips and advice on how to take the best from the Big Firm experience to succeed at the Small Firm level.

Speaker Bios

Kirsten Hume Scrimshaw 

Kirsten, the founder of Ally Workplace Law, has 20 years' experience practising employment and labour law. She has represented employers and employees in both public and private sectors, and has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia. Kirsten's practice covers a full range of workplace issues, and she also works with First Nations and aboriginal agencies in their role as employer. Kirsten is often called in to give advice and conduct independent investigations as part of her clients' workplace safety obligations. She is the founder and Co-Chair of the CBABC Workplace Investigations Section.  

Andrea Zappavigna  

Andrea is a labour and employment lawyer who has practised in Vancouver for over 15 years.  During this time, she has practised in a number of arrangements, including the largest management-side firm in western Canada, a boutique litigation firm, and ‘in-house’ as labour lawyer.  She is now a partner at Ally Workplace Law, a nimble labour and employment law firm with offices in North Vancouver and downtown.  Andrea helps her clients find efficiency and profitability through a sustainable, diverse and well-functioning workforce.  She provides strategic advice, training, and assistance with every stage of the employment relationship.

Accessibility & Inclusiveness
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Webinar/Teleconference (if applicable)
Sections host webinars from Internet-capable venues where significant interest has been expressed by Section members in attending remotely. This Section meeting will be offered as a teleconference or webinar depending on the resources and technology available at the venue. 

Webinar or teleconference instructions will be sent to your email that we have on file one day prior to this meeting date. These instructions will indicate when you should log in, as the meeting may start a little later than expected, as members and speaker(s) may be setling in, or if there is a lunch/dinner component.

If you have not received instructions by days end one day prior, please email

Please ensure to sign-in at the meeting; failure to sign-in will result in de-registration. CBABC requires this as a record to confirm your attendance for this meeting for your CPD reporting (if applicable).


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