Advocacy & Dispute Resolution

If you have a business problem that requires litigation, arbitration or mediation, we can help. Our skilled advocates have experience with a diverse range of disputes from claims for breach of contract through to complex multi-party proceedings. 

Our lawyers act as counsel in proceedings before the Ontario and Federal Courts as well as numerous administrative tribunals and arbitration panels. We are adept at traditional litigation in the courts and with alternative dispute resolution such as mediation and arbitration. In addition to broad-based commercial experience, we work in niche areas including franchising, trademarks, construction, real estate, shareholder disputes, insurance defence, secured lender enforcement, bankruptcy and insolvency, and employee terminations.

We represent domestic and international companies, both large and small in varied industries and business sectors. We also assist individuals, shareholders, directors and business operators when they find themselves in need of an advocate. 

We offer our advocacy and dispute resolution clients a full range of support that often starts by assisting with negotiations or mediation before a contentious point evolves into a formal arbitration or litigation dispute. When necessary, we have the experience with legal analysis, legal writing, witness examinations and oral advocacy to skillfully advance the best possible position for our clients both in and out of the courtroom. We take a practical and goal-oriented approach to dispute resolution, always focusing on the most effective way to achieve your objective. Understanding that every dispute is unique, we tailor our services to meet the needs of your situation and provide the optimal solution in the circumstances.  

Our advocacy and dispute resolution experience includes:

  • contract-based claims, including breaches, repudiation, wrongful termination, warranty or indemnity claims, post-closing adjustments, declaratory relief and breaches of the duties of good faith and honest contractual performance 
  • shareholder disputes, including oppression remedies, derivative actions and directors’ liability
  • defence of claims in regulated professions such as lawyers, real estate agents and funeral home operators
  • employment disputes and investigations for both employers and employees
  • intellectual property litigation, particularly claims and administrative matters involving trademarks
  • franchise litigation, both for franchisors and franchisees
  • real estate disputes, including commercial landlord and tenant matters
  • secured lender enforcement, including mortgage enforcement
  • proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, including receiverships and proposals
  • estates litigation, especially disputes relating to estate freezes and ownership of family businesses
  • construction disputes 
  • product/equipment liability
  • claims for misrepresentation, unjust enrichment and other equitable remedies
  • expropriation
  • election law 


Our partners have been ranked by Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, Chambers Canada, and Best Lawyers in Canada. We are actively involved in the legal community, including The Advocates’ Society.