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PRACTICE AREAS

Our first duty as your lawyer is to be your advocate. We will take whatever problem you bring to us and create a sophisticated, personalized litigation strategy designed to achieve results. Our core areas of practice are listed here, but our cases often involve unique or developing areas of law. We have the expertise and resources to service a broad range of litigation issues and files.

We act for a large number of clients in complex corporate/commercial matters and all aspects of business litigation. Our lawyers have represented Canadian and international clients in some of Canada’s highest-profile commercial litigation cases. We also advise clients on issues surrounding contractual disputes, shareholder agreements, directors’ liability, product liability, partnership disputes, as well as banking and financing issues.

Our lawyers have acted in matters involving shareholder agreements, investor disputes, derivative and oppression remedy matters. We have represented corporations, brokers and dealers, and individuals before the Ontario Securities Commission on enforcement matters, including insider trading, cease-trade orders and applications, deceptive practices and non-disclosure issues.

Our lawyers act for both plaintiffs and defendants in claims involving professional standards and liability and commercial litigation matters based upon claims of professional negligence, including accountants’ and auditors’ negligence, lawyers’ negligence, engineers’ and architects’ negligence, as well as bankers’, underwriters’ and financial advisors’ negligence. We also act for individuals subject to professional disciplinary action and review by regulatory agencies. We understand the issues involved in professional liability matters and the multi-faceted approach required to deal with these types of cases.

Our lawyers have represented professionals before regulatory bodies including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Mutual Fund Dealers’ Association, the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Certified General Accountants of Ontario.

We act for both plaintiffs and defendants in libel and slander matters. Robert Rueter is among the most respected defamation litigators in Canada. We have an expert understanding of the issues and procedures unique to defamation litigation and employ them to our clients’ advantage. Our lawyers have acted in defamation matters for individuals and corporations in connection with all forms of media and also in unusual contexts such as in advertising campaigns, trade relations, employment and contractual negotiations.

Our lawyers regularly act in matters involving rights-based claims under the federal and provincial Human Rights Codes and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We also represent clients in a broad range of constitutional and administrative matters, appearing before all levels of court and a large number of tribunals. Our lawyers have acted in successful constitutional and Charter challenges before the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

We are experienced in advising and representing clients in virtually all areas of labour and employment law. As advisors, we provide our clients with practical advice on labour and employment issues. As litigators, we regularly represent our clients on labour and employment disputes at all levels of court and before administrative tribunals. Our lawyers also conduct workplace investigations for corporations on a variety of issues, including fraud, falsification of documents, workplace harassment, bullying, sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.

Our mandates have included acting as independent investigator as well as representing corporations and executives whose activities were being investigated, and defending corporations and individuals when charges are laid involving violations of regulatory offences.

We have the specialized knowledge and experience necessary to address the business, regulatory, and liability issues that can arise in environmental claims. Our lawyers have acted in all aspects of environmental litigation, including civil litigation of liability for cleanups of historical contamination, appeals of government orders, defence of environmental prosecutions and environmental assessments. We also advise our clients outside the courtroom, through negotiations and dispute resolution processes. Our clients include large and small businesses, financial institutions, professionals and individuals.

PRACTICE AREAS

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Corporate/Commercial Litigation

We act for a large number of clients in complex corporate/commercial matters and all aspects of business litigation. Our lawyers have represented Canadian and international clients in some of Canada’s highest-profile commercial litigation cases. We also advise clients on issues surrounding contractual disputes, shareholder agreements, directors’ liability, product liability, partnership disputes, as well as banking and financing issues.

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Securities Litigation

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Professional Liability

Our lawyers act for both plaintiffs and defendants in claims involving professional standards and liability and commercial litigation matters based upon claims of professional negligence, including accountants’ and auditors’ negligence, lawyers’ negligence, engineers’ and architects’ negligence, as well as bankers’, underwriters’ and financial advisors’ negligence. We also act for individuals subject to professional disciplinary action and review by regulatory agencies. We understand the issues involved in professional liability matters and the multi-faceted approach required to deal with these types of cases.

Our lawyers have represented professionals before regulatory bodies including the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Mutual Fund Dealers’ Association, the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Certified General Accountants of Ontario.

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Defamation

We act for both plaintiffs and defendants in libel and slander matters. Robert Rueter is among the most respected defamation litigators in Canada. We have an expert understanding of the issues and procedures unique to defamation litigation and employ them to our clients’ advantage. Our lawyers have acted in defamation matters for individuals and corporations in connection with all forms of media and also in unusual contexts such as in advertising campaigns, trade relations, employment and contractual negotiations.

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Public Law

Our lawyers regularly act in matters involving rights-based claims under the federal and provincial Human Rights Codes and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We also represent clients in a broad range of constitutional and administrative matters, appearing before all levels of court and a large number of tribunals. Our lawyers have acted in successful constitutional and Charter challenges before the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Labour & Employment

We are experienced in advising and representing clients in virtually all areas of labour and employment law. As advisors, we provide our clients with practical advice on labour and employment issues. As litigators, we regularly represent our clients on labour and employment disputes at all levels of court and before administrative tribunals. Our lawyers also conduct workplace investigations for corporations on a variety of issues, including fraud, falsification of documents, workplace harassment, bullying, sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.

Our mandates have included acting as independent investigator as well as representing corporations and executives whose activities were being investigated, and defending corporations and individuals when charges are laid involving violations of regulatory offences.

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Environmental Law

We have the specialized knowledge and experience necessary to address the business, regulatory, and liability issues that can arise in environmental claims. Our lawyers have acted in all aspects of environmental litigation, including civil litigation of liability for cleanups of historical contamination, appeals of government orders, defence of environmental prosecutions and environmental assessments. We also advise our clients outside the courtroom, through negotiations and dispute resolution processes. Our clients include large and small businesses, financial institutions, professionals and individuals.

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