Immigration Issues

Have you been in Canada for a while and are now interested in applying for permanent resident status? Would you like to sponsor your spouse or perhaps claim Refugee Status? Are you facing deportation? Osborne Barnwell has over thirteen years experience in Immigration matters. He has assisted many clients in obtaining their landing. He has also represented clients at the Immigration and Refugee Board and in the Federal Court where, among other things, he has stopped many deportations of persons to areas of high risk.

Tax Issues

Mr. Barnwell is a former Certified General Accountant and for about eight l years worked for Revenue Canada in every capacity including that of an Appeals Officer. His office deals with Personal and Business Tax issues, including GST and PST. He has represented clients in appeals to Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court.

Employment Law

Do you believe that you have been wrongfully dismissed? Has your employer offered you a severance package that you do not believe is fair? Known for his skillful negotiation skills, Mr. Barnwell has an impeccable track record of obtaining just and appropriate payout packages for clients without going to Court. Mr. Barnwell has also represented clients in Workplace Safety and Insurance Board matters and before the Ontario Human Rights tribunal.

Are you an employer who is looking for a solicitor to draft an employment contract? Mr. Barnwell also has experience in this area.

Litigation Issues

No one wants to go to court. Litigation is expensive and can take years to be concluded. Mr. Barnwell will try his best to settle matters without going to court. If your matter does have to go before the Courts, you can be confident that Mr. Barnwell has over thirteen years experience in the Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, Ontario Court of Appeal and Federal Courts. Mr. Barnwell's office will keep you well informed every step of the way.

About OGB Law

Osborne Barnwell holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) (1978) degree with a major in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, located in London, Ontario. Canada. In 1980, he achieved an Honors Degree in Commerce, with Accounting as his major, from the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. In June 2000, he achieved the Designation of a Certified General Accountant (CGA) which was awarded by the Canadian General Accountants Association. From January 1980 to September 1988, he worked with Revenue Canada, now called Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA), as a Tax Auditor.

In 1991, he was awarded a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In February 1993, he was called to the Ontario Bar. After his call, he worked at the Federal Department of Justice at Toronto (the Firm at which he articled) in Immigration Litigation and in April 1994, he left that position to work for a Chartered Accountant Firm in Tax Litigation. Finding himself doing more accounting than litigating, he then formed a partnership and entered into Legal practice with another lawyer. They began a partnership in 1994, which dissolved in 1996.