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Alia Besharat – Senior Associate
Phone: 416-907-9249 x 241
Alia is a Senior Associate at Monkhouse Law and a barrister and solicitor licenced by the Law Society of Ontario. She obtained her LL.B. from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and her B.A. (Hons) in International Relations from Glendon College – York University. She articled at a boutique family law firm in Toronto and worked as an associate at a full service litigation firm prior to joining Monkhouse.
During law school, Alia was an active member of the Canadian Law Society and participated in several moot competitions. She works to give back to her community and is an active member of Young Women in Law. Alia enjoys exploring Toronto’s food scene and was bitten by the travel bug some time ago so be sure to ask about her most recent adventure.
Recent Court Cases:
Ofori v. BCG Logistics (2000) Ltd., 2022 ONSC 4562 (CanLII), <https://canlii.ca/t/jr8xc>and <https://canlii.ca/t/jr8xd>: Alia was able to get a $40,000 default judgment against a defendant that did not respond in an adequate way.
In The News:
The Globe and Mail – May 2, 2021
How can I make my boss pay me for overtime work?
Alia Besharat was quoted in the Globe and Mail about how employees are often unaware of their rights when it comes to working overtime hours. The requirement to pay overtime is an absolute right, subject to exceptions noted.
The Globe and Mail – November 29, 2020
Is a past criminal conviction and time served always an insurmountable obstacle to working in the public sector?
Alia Besharat discussed with the Globe and Mail about background checks, criminal records, and employment. Past criminal convictions are not an insurmountable barrier to employment.
I want to thank you and Alia for your patience, professionalism, guidance and your empathy. The process seemed overwhelming at times so it was great having a voice of reason guiding me through. I really appreciate you getting me to the point where there is closure and I can move forward in all aspects of my life. I would have no reservations recommending you highly. Thank you.
– AS (Dec 2020) from Milton, Ontario
Alia Besharat is extremely knowledgeable competent and sharp. She has the expertise and the experience to navigate convoluted cases and successfully turn them around for the benefit of her clients.
-XJ (Dec 2020) from Toronto, Ontario
I was extremely happy with the work that Alia was able to do for me. She was always open and honest in her communications and tenacious on my case. Thank you Alia!
-US (Feb 2020) from Toronto, Ontario
Amazing legal team. Fully transparent from start to finish… ahead of the pack by a long shot. Six out of five stars for Alia and the good folks at Monkhouse.
-DG (March 2020) from Toronto, Ontario
Andrew, Alia and the rest of the team fought very hard for me and in the end I was happy with the result.
It’s hard to find people in this day and age who will stand by you and fight for you, with Monkhouse law you get exactly that. If it had not been for Andrew and his team, what I had experienced would have gone unanswered.
Thank you so much once again. Words cannot express how grateful I am for you and your team. Anyone who needs help, this is the place to go, no questions about it, once you go with Andrew and his team, you will be taken care of.
-NJ (July 2020) from Toronto, Ontario