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), The Legal 500, 2018
- Legal 500, Canada: Quebec: Dispute Resolution (Tier 1), The Legal 500, 2018
- Legal 500, Canada: Ontario: Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500, 2018
- Legal 500, Canada: British Columbia: Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500, 2018
Select client work
- Constitutional Law – Solicitor-client privilege: Canada (Attorney General) v. Chambre des notaires du Québec, 2016 SCC 20.
- Human Rights Law – Equality – Aviation: Quebec (Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse) v. Bombardier Inc. (Bombardier Aerospace Training Center), 2015 SCC 39.
- International Law – Aviation – Limitation of liability in respect of international air transport: Thibodeau v. Air Canada, 2014 SCC 67.
- Taxation – Contract rectification: Quebec (Agence du revenu) v. Services Environnementaux AES inc., 2013 SCC 65.
- Class actions – Price fixing : Sun-Rype Products Ltd. v. Archer Daniels Midland Company, 2013 SCC 58.
- Constitutional Law – Equality – Rights and obligations of de facto spouses: Quebec (Attorney General) v. A, 2013 SCC 5.
- Insurance law – No-Fault automobile insurance legislation: Westmount (City) v. Rossy, 2012 SCC 30.
- Constitutional Law – Right to life, liberty and security of the person – Safe injection sites: Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community Services, 2011 SCC 44.
- Trade-marks – Confusion – Location of use: Masterpiece Inc. v. Alavida Lifestyles Inc, 2011 SCC 27.
- Government procurement – Trade agreements – Jurisdiction of Canadian International Trade Tribunal: Northrop Grumman Overseas Services Corp. v. Canada (Attorney General), 2009 SCC 50.
- Aboriginal Law – Obligations of the Federal Crown – Fiduciary duty: Ermineskin Indian Band and Nation v. Canada, 2009 SCC 9.
- Corporate Law – Change-of-control – Rights and interests of security holders -: BCE Inc. v. 1976 Debentureholders, 2008 SCC 69.
- Manufacturer’s Liability – Liability for latent defects: ABB Inc. v. Domtar Inc., 2007 SCC 50.
- Arbitration – Consumer protection – Arbitral jurisdiction over consumer disputes: Dell Computer Corp. v. Union des consommateurs, 2007 SCC 34.
- Transportation law – Seizure and detention of aircrafts: Canada 3000 Inc. (Re); Inter-Canadian (1991) Inc. (Trustee of), 2006 SCC 24.
- Solicitor-client privilege – Professional secrecy: Foster Wheeler Power Co. v. Société intermunicipale de gestion et d’élimination des déchets (SIGED) inc, 2004 SCC 18.
- Information technology – Internet lotteries: Reference re Earth Future Lottery, 2003 SCC 10.
- Pharmaceutical Patents – Patent validity – HIV medication (AZT): Apotex Inc. v. Wellcome Foundation Ltd., 2002 SCC 77.
- Maritime law – Bankruptcy and insolvency – Jurisdiction of Bankruptcy Courts: Antwerp Bulkcarriers, N.V. (Re), 2001 SCC 91.
- Professional liability – Chartered accountants: Prévost‑Masson v. General Trust of Canada, 2001 SCC 87.
- Constitutional Law – International law – Right of provinces to secede from Canada: Reference re Secession of Quebec,  2 S.C.R. 217.