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Supreme Court of Canada and appellate advocacy

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Meet the team

Our Supreme Court of Canada and Appellate Advocacy team comprises litigation lawyers from across Canada who have extensive experience in appellate litigation. The firm has acted on more than 100 Supreme Court appeals for appellants, respondents and interveners. Our expertise includes special insight into the appellate process and many team members have clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada and other appellate courts.

Whether you have already won or lost at trial or are faced with litigation that will likely go to the appellate level, our Supreme Court of Canada and Appellate Advocacy team will help you achieve success at the highest level for several reasons:

  • Understanding unique challenges in Supreme Court of Canada work – Success before the Supreme Court of Canada or a court of appeal presents unique challenges. Our lawyers are able to creatively see a dispute from multiple perspectives, envision how the case will be perceived by the bench, simplify complex legal and factual issues into persuasive points of principle, and where necessary, have the courage to step away from one theory of the case and focus on what can win – all for the ultimate benefit of our client.
  • Leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada – A crucial step in a Supreme Court of Canada appeal is the leave application. While hundreds of applications for leave to appeal are filed every year, very few of these are granted. We have the experience and know-how to give our clients the best shot at obtaining leave to appeal. Our clients receive advice based on experience from both sides of the table: lawyers that have prepared successful leave applications and argued Supreme Court appeals, as well as lawyers that have worked at the Court and reviewed leave applications. We know what works and what does not. No matter the case, we will be able to frame your appeal so that it has the best chance of being granted.
  • Submissions before the Supreme Court of Canada and other appellate courts – The nature of a case can change once the trial judgment is issued and the case rises to the appellate level. Our team will distil the issues that matter to appellate judges.
  • Supreme Court of Canada agency services – Parties in an appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada must appoint an agent located in the National Capital Region. The members of our team who have acted as Ottawa agents distinguish themselves by their in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of the Supreme Court of Canada practice, in addition to their appellate-advocacy skills.

Rankings and accolades

  • Chambers Canada, Litigation Firm of the Year, Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Chambers Canada, Alberta: Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Chambers Canada, Quebec: Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1), Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Chambers Canada, British Columbia: Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Chambers Canada, Ontario: Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Chambers Global, Canada: Dispute Resolution, Chambers and Partners, 2017
  • Legal 500, Canada: Alberta: Dispute Resolution (Tier 1), Legal 500, 2017
  • Legal 500, Canada: Quebec: Dispute Resolution (Tier 1), Legal 500, 2017
  • Legal 500, Canada: Ontario: Dispute Resolution, Legal 500, 2017
  • Legal 500, Canada: British Columbia: Dispute Resolution, Legal 500, 2017

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