Kate Findlay

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Kate Findlay

Kate Findlay



Kate Findlay practises in the area of dispute resolution. 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's commercial litigation practice focuses on securities litigation, class actions, product liability litigation, contract disputes, competition litigation, franchise disputes, professional negligence, financial and energy-related disputes. She routinely advises clients ranging from individuals to multinationals across a variety of sectors.

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:

  • SNC Lavalin in defence of a shareholder class action bringing statutory causes of action under the Securities Act for misrepresentation in the secondary market
  • Primerica Life Insurance Company in its successful resistance of a Rule 21 motion seeking dismissal of its application for declaratory relief
  • Owner of wind farm project in successful motion resisting stay of electrification of the wind farm project before the Divisional Court
  • 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
  • Toronto Dominion Bank before the Federal Court in three cases dealing with inadvertent disclosure of personal banking information contrary to PIPEDA
  • Horizon Legacy Energy Corporation in its successful opposition to motion to stay action
  • 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
  • Rothmans in class action claim by tobacco growers regarding historical tobacco smuggling
  • Telecommunications company in four arbitrations over three years in its successful defence of and prosecution of misleading advertising pursuant to the Competition Act
  • Gottardo Construction in its successful Rule 21 motion obtaining declaration regarding responsibility for payment for work performed by subcontractor
  • "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
  • Instructor, University of Toronto Medical School, Medical Professional Legal Issues Seminar, September 2016
  • Instructor, The Advocates’ Society, National Expert Witness Academy, May 2013