Our commercial and general litigation lawyers have expertise across a wide variety of subject areas, advocating on behalf of both businesses and individuals in providing representation and solutions that are customized to fit the circumstances of each case. Our commercial and general litigation lawyers have substantial trial and appellate experience, including in the Supreme Court of Canada.
We take on complex cases from lawyers, businesses, insurers and others, including appeals. This litigation includes a broad range of legal matters, such as cross-border litigation and interventions on behalf of interested groups.
If your dispute concerns a cheque, promissory note, bill of exchange or any other financial instrument, including an electronic instrument, we have the expertise and experience to handle your dispute in this highly specialized area.
We have acted for creditors, debtors and trustees in bankruptcy/insolvency situations, including under the Companies Creditor’s Arrangements Act.
We have the capability to enforce or defend, as necessary, actions on contract and in debt, including those secured by General Security Agreements and Bank Act security. Commercial contracts are at the heart of commercial litigation, and our commercial litigation lawyers regularly deal with issues of contractual interpretation as it may relate to a business or personal dispute. We also have expertise with respect to priority disputes among secured creditors, and with respect to debt collection and enforcement.
Our construction law practice group provides advice and effective representation to owners, developers, lenders, general contractors, construction trades and suppliers with disputes to be resolved, claims to be advanced and interests to be protected, in an efficient, straightforward and results oriented manner.
We provide timely fact and document review, analysis and remedy/defence choice services in real time, while a project is ongoing, before critical evidence is lost or destroyed and while personnel are available and cooperative.
Our lawyers act in all levels of court, on appeals and in all types of alternate dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation and arbitration.
We advance and defend all types of construction proceedings in all areas of construction law including construction lien claims, damage, delay, scheduling and impact claims, construction trust claims, deficiency claims, claims on bonds and letters of credit, claims involving tendering and procurement and professional liability claims.
We also provide standard form and custom drafted contract, construction document and settlement document preparation, review and negotiation services.
Your business dispute may involve other majority or minority shareholders, other directors, or your partners. We defend and pursue litigation in this area, including litigation arising from shareholders’ agreements and partnership agreements. We also have expertise in litigation concerning not-for-profit organizations. We have acted frequently in respect of oppression remedy actions both under the Ontario and Canada Business Corporations Act, as well as under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. We have acted in respect of Partnership Act winding up applications, or in resisting same.
Our environmental group has experience handling claims on behalf of fuel carriers, technicians and equipment manufacturers. We have also acted in a first party capacity in many environmental coverage claims. These claims can be complex and often involve significant damages and costs as a result of the level of remediation required to satisfy Canadian regulators.
In addition, we act for both public and private sector clients in judicial and administrative proceedings in environmental protection matters, municipal planning matters and in the enforcement of conservation authority regulations. We have also represented environmental health groups before environmental and planning tribunals.
We act both for and against professionals, in respect of negligence and breach of contract claims.
Our Real Estate Litigation team has extensive experience in dealing with remedies specifically related to real estate, including specific performance of agreements of purchase and sale, mortgage remedies, and title, survey and boundary issues. These matters are coordinated closely with our real estate specialists. We have litigated agreements of purchase and sale to trial, acted both for borrowers and lenders in respect of mortgage rights and remedies, including powers of sale, judicial sales, and foreclosures, and injunctions in relation thereto. We have also litigated mortgage and title fraud issues. We have conducted repair work with respect to boundary issues, and adverse possession issues or where necessary litigated same.
We have the expertise and experience to either pursue appropriate remedies on behalf of employees or defend employers against same.
Our lawyers handle a broad range of employment issues from contractual drafting to injunction motions. We have lawyers who have extensive experience dealing with issues arising from wrongful dismissal and human rights violations. We know that it is often important for our employer clients (and their insurers) to resolve employment disputes quickly and efficiently. However, if that is not possible, we have the talent and advocacy expertise to litigate these matters and handle complex injunction motions which often arise in these matters.