Calgary, Alberta / Toronto, Ontario

Neufeld Legal P.C.



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Lawyer Profile

Starting a Restaurant

Buy/Sell a Restaurant

Restaurant Contracts

Franchise Operations

Restaurant Employees

Restaurant Lease

Licenses / Regulations

Disputes / Litigation


To Contact:

403-400-4092 (Calgary)

416-887-9702 (Toronto)

905-616-8864 (Mississauga, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Brampton, Milton, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo)



The employees of a restaurant or bar are the lifeblood of the establishment, such the appropriate legal arrangements need to be put in place and enforced for the protection of the establishment.

Employees are essential in the restaurant business, yet they can also be a great source of legal aggravation. As laws are generally drafted in favour of employees, as opposed to employers, it places the employer in a very precarious position, even when the employees are not meeting reasonable expectations. So even though you may theoretically be in the right, due to the general nature of the law, it is entirely possible to find yourself on the wrong side of the law when an employee is misperforming or underperforming.

The preferred method for dealing with any employee situation is to clearly define their role at the outset, whether they are employees or independent contractors, have a contractual agreement that clear spells out their role and obligations, and have a signed operations manual. Yet in most employment situations this is not the case and there is an ad hoc scenario, wherein the employer-employee relationship is not clearly defined. In such situations, it becomes even more important to consult a lawyer prior to undertaking any controversial employment action, as a fewer minor adjustments to the employer's approach could save the employer a considerable amount of money and aggravation.

Chris Neufeld is a business lawyer experienced in the operational side of the restaurant business, providing invaluable practical experience and knowledge when advising restaurant clients, both franchised and independently owned. There is simply nothing better than first-hand experience when providing restaurant clients with professional business and legal advice.

For knowledgeable and experienced legal representation in starting, operating and managing a restaurant or bar, together with a raft of legal intricacies and dilemmas that may arise, contact restaurant lawyer Christopher Neufeld at 403-400-4092 / 416-887-9702 or


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Restaurant Lawyer Chris Neufeld is a business lawyer with the law firm of Neufeld Legal Professional Corporation and is admitted to practice law in Alberta and Ontario (Canada) and New York (U.S.A.).  Chris' legal practice focuses primarily on business law, with considerable legal work [combined with practical experience] being undertaken for restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs and franchise operations. The law firm of Neufeld Legal Professional Corporation has offices in Toronto (1 Yonge Street, Suite 1801), Calgary (144 4th Avenue SW, Suite 1600) and Burlington (719 Catalina Crescent) which also serves Mississauga, Oakville, Hamilton, Brampton, Milton, Guelph, Niagara Falls and Kitchener Waterloo. Legal Disclaimer. Privacy. See also © 2016.