Koml Kandola, Barrister and Solicitor
Lawyer, Arbitrator, Mediator and Investigator with a focus on dispute resolution.
Koml received her law degree from UBC in 1999. She was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2000 after completing a law clerkship for five justices at the BC Supreme Court.
Koml spent the first 12 years of her legal career in private practice as a labour lawyer in downtown Vancouver. In addition to that experience, Koml has held a number of roles that give her a unique, well-rounded perspective and approach to labour relations issues. As legal counsel at the Health Employer's Association of BC from 2012 to 2015, Koml gained intensive experience conducting collective bargaining with the Nurses Bargaining Association, and representing health sector employers in labour relations matters.
In 2015, Koml was appointed as a Vice-Chair of the Labour Relations Board of BC, and then Registrar and Vice-Chair in 2017. In these roles, Koml adjudicated and mediated a wide variety of disputes and applications under the Labour Relations Code, in many different public and private sector industries. As Registrar, Koml was responsible for finding practical solutions to labour relations challenges often arising in time-sensitive and charged situations.
In July 2019, Koml commenced her own practice as labour arbitrator and mediator. In addition to her labour arbitration practice, Koml continues to focus on work as a neutral third party with Southern & Associates, with a specific interest in conducting workplace investigations.
With her unique experience, Koml is a trusted neutral who brings a collaborative, empathetic, and practical approach to workplace issues and uses her expertise to help parties move forward.