Irfan’s practice focuses on employment litigation, class actions, privacy law and corporate/commercial litigation.
He has a particular focus on employment-related matters. He regularly acts for and advises employers on employment class actions, employment contracts, restrictive covenants, terminations, wrongful dismissal claims, human rights, reprisal and harassment complaints, workplace investigations and employment privacy issues. Irfan has acted as counsel to defendants in a number of precedent-setting national employment class actions including in matters on behalf of Canada Cartage and the Canadian Hockey League.
Irfan has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in Ontario and at various Ontario administrative tribunals, including the Ontario Labour Relations Board and the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. In Alberta, Irfan has appeared as counsel in the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal. In Nova Scotia, Irfan has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.
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Irfan is an elected member of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) Class Actions Law Executive. He also sits on the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers’ Program Planning Committee. Irfan is a member of the OBA Labour and Employment Law Section, the Toronto Lawyers Association, the Advocates’ Society and the American Bar Association. He is also an instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop.
Irfan co-heads the firm's pro bono program in partnership with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, providing pro bono services to clients on various employment, pension and human rights issues. Irfan also participates in several other pro bono and community initiatives such as Law Help Ontario, CARFAC and Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS), a high school program that uses legal education as a tool to assist students to succeed in school and become engaged and active citizens.
Irfan acts as a Professional Resource for law students with the Queen’s Law Career Development Professional Network and acts as a judge for the annual Canadian rounds of The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.