For over 150 years, WeirFoulds has been proud to serve its clients in their most difficult and complex matters. It is the firm of choice for discerning clients within its core areas of practice: Litigation; Corporate; Property; and Government Law. More than one-half of its lawyers practise before courts and tribunals in Canada and other jurisdictions, and have acted in some of Canada’s most significant mandates and landmark cases. Its corporate and commercial practice provides comprehensive services, delivered efficiently to a wide range of clients, including multi-national corporations, public and private businesses, banks and financial institutions. WeirFoulds is recognized as one of Canada’s premier real estate law firms in Toronto and Ontario and its practice covers all aspects involving property, from land development to commercial real estate, leasing and financing. Its government practice meets diverse challenges involving all levels of government in Canada and other public bodies through an inherent understanding of the intersection of politics, public law and private law. Reflecting the firm’s focus, its lawyers are consistently recognized as leaders in their chosen areas of practice and in the profession at large.
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November 2018: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds is hosting a seminar Wednesday, November 28, 2018, on hot topics in employment law including marijuana legalization, psychological health and safety issues, enforceable termination clauses and recent developments in employment law. For those planning to attend in person, registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. (EST) at the firm’s office, which is located at 66 Wellington Street West, Suite 4100, in Toronto. For those who’d prefer to participate by webinar, the program will begin at 9:00 A.M. (EST). For more information, or to register, contact the firm by no later than November 22, 2018, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 2018: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has had 34 of its lawyers listed in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada including Clare Burns and Bryan Finlay, both of whom were also recognized as Toronto “Lawyers of the Year” in trusts and estates and administrative and public law, respectively. Robert Warren was listed in the 2018 Lexpert® special edition for energy. Caroline Abela was appointed member at-large of the Canadian Bar Association’s wills, estates and trusts section executive committee. Kayla Theeuwen was featured in a Financier Worldwide article entitled, “UK targets overseas territories transparency,” discussing the imposition of public registers in British overseas territories and how they will affect corporate entities domiciled in those jurisdictions. Finally, Susan Rosales has returned to the firm as a senior land use planner.
September 2018: Bryan Finlay, Q.C., of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds will be awarded The Advocates’ Society Medal at a gala dinner in February 2019. The Advocates’ Society Medal is the highest expression of esteem the Society can confer on one of its members. Also, Frank Walwyn has been named by Canadian Lawyer one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada for 2018. Mr. Walwyn’s highly successful corporate and commercial litigation practice extends beyond Canadian borders to Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis. In addition, Glenn Ackerley, Raj Anand and Lisa Borsook have all been listed in the 2018 Lexpert® Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada. Finally, partner Raj Anand will be recognized as a “high achiever” in Canada’s South Asian community at this year’s Grant’s Desi Achievers Awards Gala in October.
July 2018: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has announced the launch of its Commercial Litigation Insights blog. Published by the firm’s commercial litigation practice group, which is chaired by Marie-Andrée Vermette, Commercial Litigation Insights will feature commentary on corporate and commercial disputes including contract and shareholder disputes, class actions, cross-border litigation, regulatory issues, and appeals and arbitrations. It is also intended to be a public forum for commentary on current issues. The blog will include case comments on recent decisions and developments of concern to the firm’s clients and potential clients. The blog has been created to be mobile-friendly and has integrated social media sharing features. To visit the blog’s site, click here.
June 2018: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds this month hosted an “enrichment opportunity” and speed mentoring event with Girls E-Mentorship, a Toronto-based charity. Spearheaded by associates Megan Mah and Kayla Theeuwen, the speed mentoring event brought together a diverse group of WeirFoulds lawyers, law clerks, law students, legal assistants and human resources, business development and marketing professionals, who shared their career experiences with GEM girls. At the event, the firm its pledge to provide an annual scholarship to help further a GEM girl’s educational and career aspirations.
May 2018: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds executive partner Lisa Borsook and partner Frank Walwyn have been shortlisted for the Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential 2018. The list of nominees was decided upon by an editorial panel at Canadian Lawyer, as well as by suggestions from readers and past honorees.Voting closes next Tuesday, May 22nd. The results will be announced in the August 2018 edition of Canadian Lawyer magazine. All readers of SCG Legal’s “eNews” are encouraged to cast their ballots on behalf of Ms. Borsook and Mr. Walwyn. You needn’t be a subscriber to Canadian Lawyer to participate in the poll. To vote, click here.
April 2018: The annual gathering of SCG Legal’s Team Canada took place earlier this month in Toronto at the offices of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds. The two-day conference, which was attended by representatives of all nine Canadian member firms, focused primarily on marketing and business development and featured presentations by in-house counsel from BMO Financial Group, Nissan Canada and Xerox Canada, as well as the editors of Canadian Lawyer InHouse and Lexpert. The event was capped with a reception in honor of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell, an alumnus of the firm, followed by dinner. Next year’s event will be held in Vancouver at the offices of British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson. Also at WeirFoulds, Rob Eberschlag has joined as a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities groups. Mr. Eberschlag has more than 18 years of experience providing strategic advice to clients on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, investment funds and corporate governance and compliance matters. He also has experience handling Canadian and international mining, energy, and oil and gas transactions, including joint venture, property acquisition and royalty transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Eberschlag was a partner in another major Toronto law firm. He completed his legal education at the University of Victoria.
March 2018: From complex forms and documents to tax and other commercial issues, the registration process of dealers and advisors comes with a variety of risk and challenges. Ontario member firm WeirFoulds makes the process easy and painless through our “Registration Services Program” – a fixed-fee solution designed to navigate the process in an efficient, cost-effective and creative manner. We are pleased to offer registration services for all categories of registration in Canada. To learn more about this program, please click here.
February 2018: With Canada’s recent enactment of legislation legalizing the use of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes, Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has launched a cannabis practice group. Composed of attorneys Michael Dolphin, Conor Dooley, Shawn English, Ryan Filson, Ralph Kroman, and Michael McIsaac, the group, drawing on its corporate and securities law expertise, will advise clients on becoming licensed producers, seed financings, equity and debt financings, acquisitions, regulatory compliance, commercial leasing, taxation and employment matters, among other things. For more information, contact partner Michael Dolphin, who co-heads the group.
December 2017: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds partner Jordan Glick has been recognized by his peers as one of Lexpert’s 2017 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. Mr. Glick is an experienced litigator and plays a key role in the firm’s professional self-regulatory bodies practice group. His public law litigation practice includes acting as external counsel for a variety of professional and industry regulatory bodies where he provides advice on complaints and mandatory reports and prosecutes discipline committee matters. He has also provided litigation support in areas including registration, privacy, proceedings administered under the Provincial Offences Act and civil litigation. Recipients of the 2017 Rising Stars award were selected by an advisory board comprised of senior partners and other counsel from across Canada.
November 2017: Raj Anand of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has contributed an essay to LexisNexis’ one-of-a-kind publication, Canada at 150: Building a Free and Democratic Society. Mr. Anand’s essay is a personal account of his experience with the Quebec Secession Reference, a decision that confirmed lawyers’ obligation to uphold the rights of minorities. His essay is one of more than 50 curated essays on major political and historical developments in Canadian constitutional history. The book offers an insightful, balanced look at Canada’s constitutional past and present, highlighting its achievements while acknowledging persistent injustices. It can be purchased online from the LexisNexis online store.
October 2017: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has donated to relief efforts spearheaded by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Bar Association and GlobalMedic. The firm’s Caribbean practice group works in a number of the affected jurisdictions including the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica. Many of the Caribbean practice group’s colleagues, friends and clients are among those who have been affected by the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes. Part of WeirFoulds‘ contribution to GlobalMedic’s relief efforts has included lawyers and staff volunteering their time to assist the charity with packing emergency aid kits destined for regions affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. To learn more about GlobalMedic’s relief efforts in the Caribbean, please visit its website.
September 2017: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has been recognized in as the top Ontario regional firm in Canadian Lawyer‘s survey for the second time in the last three years. The publication commended the firm’s “expert dealmakers and problem solvers” and for having “a range of lawyers with excellent litigation experience and skills,” as well as “a strong complement of corporate and real estate lawyers.” Also at WeirFoulds, Caroline Abela has been appointed co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s International Private Client Committee. IPCC is for lawyers whose practices encompass international estate planning, estate litigation and asset protection, as well as the governance and succession of closely held corporations. Ms. Abela’s expertise is in complex estates and trusts litigation and commercial and corporate litigation. She has been recognized as a leading commercial and corporate litigator in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and in 2017 was named an American Bar Foundation fellow.
August 2017: Raj Anand, a senior partner at Ontario member firm WeirFoulds and Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, has been named one of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers for 2017 in the Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal Law category. Mr. Anand has championed human rights in Canada for more than 30 years. He previously served as chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and founding chair of the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Center. Most recently, he was appointed by the Law Society of Upper Canada to chair a major research and policy initiative, aimed at confronting issues of systemic racism in the legal and paralegal professions and advancing the public interest.
July 2017: Marie-Andrée Vermette, a litigation partner at Ontario member firm WeirFoulds, has been elected a director of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, whose mission is to promote access to justice in French in the province of Ontario. The board of directors is responsible for overseeing the activities and affairs of AJEFO. Ms. Vermette specializes in complex litigation cases, including high-profile corporate and commercial disputes, class actions and public law cases. She has been recognized as a leading practitioner in corporate and commercial litigation in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada. She is also recognized in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.
May 2017: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds executive partner Lisa Borsook was honored at the 2017 Canadian Civil Liberties Association annual gala for excellence in law. The gala celebrated extraordinary Canadians from all walks of life and across several different industries. In addition, she was also recently inducted into the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Hall of Fame. A leading authority on property development, commercial leasing and infrastructure, Ms. Borsook represents many of the real estate industry’s leading firms at the local, national and international levels. She is also a member of the SCG Legal board of directors.
April 2017: Michael McIsaac of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds is now a regular panelist on the “Moore in the Morning” free-for-all on NewsTalk 1010. “Moore in the Morning” is hosted by John Moore and is Toronto’s most listened-to morning show. The show focuses on breaking news and live interviews with newsmakers of the day. Mr. McIsaac has appeared on the show several times to share his views on several topics. He has a broad-based practice representing a wide variety of middle-market Canadian companies across a range of industries including investment banking, manufacturing, finance, consumer products, automotive, renewable energy, construction and health services. Mr. McIsaac is also well-known for his 51-kilometer swim across Lake Ontario for a campaign he dubbed “Crossing for a Cause.” The swim raised $155,000 for the Douglas Wright Foundation, a charity organization devoted to fighting melanoma in Canada.
March 2017: Michael Swartz of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has been selected by the Toronto Construction Association nominations and awards committee as the winner of the 2016 TCIC Chancellor’s Award of Excellence. The Construction Institute of Canada is dedicated to raising the level of construction industry professional excellence through education, training and continuing professional development. His selection as the recipient of the TCIC Chancellor’s Award of Excellence is a recognition of his efforts to give back to the industry to which he devotes much of his practice. Mr. Swartz is a frequent speaker at various construction association meetings on issues of concern to the construction industry. He also teaches construction law courses at various postsecondary educational institutions and serves on the Toronto Construction Association industry practices committee, the Ontario Bar Association construction and infrastructure law section, and the task force on construction lien act reform.
February 2017: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has been shortlisted for Global Competition Review‘s annual award for “Litigation of the Year – Non-Cartel Prosecution: Creative, Strategic and Innovative Litigation on Behalf of Plaintiffs in a Non-Cartel Private Action,” based upon the representation it provided in the Kobo eBooks case. Toronto-based Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services, offering more than 5 million eBooks and magazines to millions of users around the world. WeirFoulds represented Kobo in bringing a precedent-setting antitrust case to set aside a Canadian Competition Bureau settlement agreement that would have adversely affected Kobo’s eBook business, resulting in the first-ever successful challenge to the bureau’s settlement powers. The winner of the award will be decided by online vote. Please register your support for WeirFoulds’ nomination by clicking here. Enter your email address, scroll down to the seventh item (Litigation of the Year – Non-Cartel Prosecution: Creative, Strategic and Innovative Litigation on Behalf of Plaintiffs in a Non-Cartel Private Action), and select choice #3 (Kobo Canada e-books settlement challenge). Voting ends February 24th. A full description of the GCR awards and the Kobo case can be found here. Winners will be announced at GCR‘s 7th annual awards ceremony, which will be held March 28, 2017, in Washington, D.C.
January 2017: Glenn Ackerley, Lisa Borsook, Bryan Finlay QC, and W. A. Derry Millar of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds once again have been ranked in the 2017 edition of the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. Published since 1997, and produced in collaboration with American Lawyer Media, the Lexpert®/ALM 500 profiles the “most frequently recommended lawyers” across Canada in approximately 35 practice areas identified by means of an extensive, annual peer survey. Mr. Ackerley was ranked for construction law; Ms. Borsook, for property leasing; and Messrs. Finlay and Millar, for litigation corporate commercial.