SAMANTHA SEABROOK

Samantha Seabrook founded SWL to change the way people think about their lawyers.

Samantha helps her clients manage their employment law challenges, and set correct foundations in order to succeed, innovate, and grow. Samantha does not over-complicate matters or over-sell. When conflict is necessary, she applies a rational, solution-driven approach to control the damage, and work with clients to minimize litigation, maximize end-goals, and mitigate future risk. Samantha’s experience in employment law, labour law, workers’ compensation, disability, occupational health and safety, human rights, workplace foundations and innovation practices, give her an broad perspective on workplace law matters.

Samantha started her career at Heenan Blaikie, working with Canada’s largest and most innovative employers. She then transitioned to Hicks Morley, where she became chair of the Workers’ Compensation practice group. In that role, Samantha guided a wide-range of employers from many sectors through WSIB claims and WSIAT appeals. At SWL, Samantha continues her WSIB and WSIAT appeals practice, representing employers in sectors such as police services, school boards, municipalities, manufacturers, food services, and telecommunications.

Samantha is a recognized workplace investigator. She uses an empathetic approach to engender trust from all participants in an investigation. Samantha has conducted workplace investigations addressing allegations of harassment, violence, sexual assault, discrimination, and hostile work environments.

In addition to conducting workplace investigations, Samantha has also developed and provided training on conducting workplace investigations. Samantha has also developed and provided training on workplace health and safety, accommodation of psychological disabilities, due diligence for occupational health and safety, and the duty to accommodate. As part of this work, Samantha regularly assists her clients with reviewing their internal accommodation and human rights complaints processes. 

Samantha regularly appears before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Provincial Offences Court, , the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal;  guiding the process swiftly and effectively.

Of course, Samantha’s belief in service also translates to action beyond the office, as she sits on the board of directors of Alternatives – East York Mental Health Counselling Services Agency, and Amazonia Yurahu Alliance (an organization that supports an Indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest).

Samantha Seabrook graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2011. Samantha is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the Association of Workplace Investigators, and the Canadian Association of Workplace Investigators.

Speaking Engagements & Publications.
  • SPEAKER • Accommodation in the Age of Covid-19

    31st Annual Schedule 2 Employers Conference, October 22, 2020

  • SPEAKER • Bullying and Harassment Workplace Investigations

    30th Annual Schedule 2 Employers Conference, October 22, 2019

  • SPEAKER • Workplace Investigations

    Ontario Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division, September 12, 2019

  • SPEAKER • Chronic Mental Stress and Workplace Investigations

    Municipal WSIB Users Group, May 10, 2019

  • SPEAKER • Advanced Accommodation

    29th Annual Schedule 2 Employers Conference, October 19, 2018

  • SPEAKER • Chronic Mental Stress

    Lancaster House, WSIB Conference, October 26, 2018

  • SPEAKER • Winning Cases at the WSIAT

    Lancaster House, WSIB Conference Workshop, October 24, 2018

  • SPEAKER • Mental Health Accommodation

    28th Annual Schedule 2 Employers Conference, October 18, 2017

  • SPEAKER • Suitable Modified Work: Applying the WSIA and Human Rights Code Criteria

    Toronto Workplace Safety and Insurance Conference 2017, October 13, 2017

  • SPEAKER • Human Rights and WSIB Workshop

    26th Annual Conference, Schedule 2 Employers’ Group, October 2015

  • SPEAKER • The Proposed Overhaul of the WSIB Classification and Rate Framework

    Hicks Morley Advantage CPD Seminar, June 2015

  • SPEAKER • Psychological Disabilities and the Workplace

    Hicks Morley Advantage CPD Seminar, March 2015

  • CO-AUTHOR • Minimize Your Risks: Mental Stress and the WSIB

    FTR Quarterly, Spring 2014

  • SPEAKER • Advanced Accommodation Workshop, Building A Resilient Workforce

    24th Annual Conference, Schedule 2 Employers’ Group, October 8, 2013

  • SPEAKER • Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

    FETCO, May 1, 2013

  • CO-AUTHOR • What constitutes a 'reasonable' investigation?

    Canadian Lawyer InHouse Magazine, April 2013

  • CO-AUTHOR • Meeting the Duty to Investigate Will Depend on the Circumstances

    Canadian Lawyer InHouse, February 2013

  • CONTRIBUTING AUTHOR • Acquisition of Bargaining Rights (Chapter)

    Federal Labour Law and Practice, D. Gilbert et. al., 2013

  • CO-AUTHOR • Charting occupational health and safety change in Ontario

    International Law Office Newsletter, November 23, 2011