Kate Findlay

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Kate Findlay

Kate Findlay



Kate Findlay practises in the area of dispute resolution. Ms. Findlay's commercial litigation practice focuses on product liability and complex commercial litigation, in particular, class actions, contract disputes, securities litigation, professional negligence and financial disputes. She routinely advises clients ranging from individuals to multinationals across a variety of sectors, with particular experience in the pharmaceutical and telecommunications sectors.

Ms. Findlay regularly represents clients in court, arbitrations, mediations and regulatory proceedings. She has successfully acted as lead counsel before all levels of court in Ontario and has represented clients before various administrative boards, tribunals and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ms. Findlay has previously served as an adjunct professor at Queen's University, Faculty of Law where she taught trial advocacy for several years. She is involved in our pro bono program and has represented several clients pro bono before the Ontario courts.

Professional experience

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J.D., Queen's University, 2008
M.P.A., Queen's University, 2006
B.A. (Hons.), University of Toronto, Trinity College, 2005
  • Ontario 2009

Ms. Findlay has acted in the following matters:

  • GlaxoSmithKline Inc. in a successful trial decision dismissing allegations pertaining to the negligent design and manufacture of a vaccine product
  • GlaxoSmithKline Inc. in a summary judgment motion and before the Ontario Court of Appeal in defence of a claim alleging an anti-depressant led to violent behaviour
  • GlaxoSmithKine Inc. opposing certification in a class action in Alberta relating to an anti-depressant
  • SNC Lavalin in defence of a shareholder class action bringing statutory causes of action under the Securities Act for misrepresentation in the secondary market
  • CCLA in an intervention dealing with the constitutionality of CPSO policies requiring physicians to provide an "effective referral" to patients
  • Primerica Life Insurance Company in its successful resistance of a Rule 21 motion seeking dismissal of its application for declaratory relief
  • Bank of Nova Scotia in its successful summary judgment motion obtaining dismissal of negligence claim, successful defence of appeal to summary judgment motion, including successful cross-appeal with respect to costs
  • Numerous physicians in the defence of a variety of types of medical malpractice actions, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and Health Professions Appeal and Review Board matters, including successful trial decision, appeal decision, summary judgment motions and divisional court applications
  • Telecommunications company in four arbitrations over three years in its successful defence of and prosecution of misleading advertising pursuant to the Competition Act
  • "Application of Charter Rights in the Context of Administrative Monetary Penalties," Canadian Constitution Foundation, Law and Freedom Conference,  January 2015.
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society