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Canadian Class Action Defence

In Canadian Class Action Defence, we provide timely, reliable and practical information about defending national and international class actions involving Canadian courts. We share strategic insights on preventing, preparing for, managing and resolving cross-border class actions, both nationally and internationally, using specific cases or developments as the springboard for our discussion. Since Canada does not have a mechanism to centralize class actions brought in different provinces on behalf of the same class (unlike U.S. MDL), managing overlapping class actions in Canadian jurisdictions poses some unique challenges. In this blog, we consider how best to manage these challenges as well as highlighting the differences between jurisdictions.

Financial Services Law

We act on behalf of leading North American and international financial institutions and a wide variety of global industry leaders on a spectrum of finance transactions. With our network of offices across Canada and in New York, we seamlessly navigate between U.S., international and Canadian lending environments, anticipate and address industry-specific issues and provide integrated banking and debt finance expertise on domestic and cross-border transactions. Osler’s Financial Services team is recognized by leading surveys of legal professionals, including:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 –  Osler is ranked among the “Most Frequently Recommended” (tier one) firms in the Toronto market in Banking & Financial Institutions law.
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms 2013 – competitors describe Osler as “strong on the banking side” while clients note our “deep bench firm-wide” and ability to “utilise the wide expertise of the firm.” 
  • Chambers Global 2012: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Osler is identified as “a dominant presence in Toronto”, with our leading lawyers in the area recognized for “first class service” and “strong technical skills.”

Pensions & Benefits Law 

We provide advice to national and multinational employers, pension plan sponsors and administrators, public sector pension funds and financial institutions with respect to the Canadian and U.S./cross-border legal and regulatory aspects of pension plans and employee benefits plans. Pensions & Benefits Law is a discussion of Canadian and U.S./cross-border Pensions & Benefit Legal Issues. Osler’s Pensions & Benefits team is recognized by leading surveys of legal professionals, including:

  • Chambers Global 2012: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Osler is ranked in “Band One” (top tier) in Pensions & Benefits Law with its practice described by sources as “one of the best in Canada” and “one of the top for pensions.”
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 – Osler is ranked among Canada’s “Most Frequently Recommended” (tier one) firms in Pensions and Employee Benefits law.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 – Osler is positioned as “top-ranked” by number of lawyers listed in Employee Benefits law in the following markets: Canada-wide; Ontario and Quebec, provincially; and Toronto and Montréal, regionally.

Technology, Innovation and Outsourcing

Our Technology team combines practitioners with subject matter expertise and industry knowledge on: Information Technology, Outsourcing and Complex Services Arrangements, Privacy and Regulatory Compliance & Innovation Business. Osler’s Technology team is recognized by leading surveys of legal professionals, including:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 lists Osler as the #1 firm in the Ottawa and Montréal markets in its “Technology Lawyers Who’s Who” section.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 also lists Osler among the “consistently recommended” firms in Technology Transactions law in the Ottawa, Montréal and Toronto markets.
  • PLC Multijurisdictional Outsourcing & IT Guide 2012 – Osler is listed among Canada’s “Leading” (tier one) firms in Outsourcing and Information Technology law.
  • Chambers Global 2012: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business – Osler is ranked among Canada’s leading Information Technology practices, and is noted for its “long-standing strength” and “significant expertise in IT contracting.”

The Conduct of an Appeal

In the summer of 1990, near the end of his Supreme Court clerkship with Justice John Sopinka, Mark was asked to co-author a book Justice Sopinka wanted to write about appellate law and practice. Over the next couple of years, they built The Conduct of an Appeal, from scratch. There was nothing like it in Canadian legal literature at the time. The first edition of the book in 1993 completed a Sopinka trilogy that began with The Law of Evidence in Civil Cases in 1974 and continued with The Trial of an Action in 1981. These books, as they evolve in subsequent editions, remain as a tribute to Justice Sopinka’s important contributions to Canadian legal scholarship.

In the time that has passed since the publication of the second edition of The Conduct of an Appeal in 2000, there have been many judicial and statutory developments in the subject matter of this work. Mark has endeavoured to capture and reflect those changes in a way that will be as user-friendly as possible for practitioners and academics alike.

As new developments in appellate law and practice occur, Mark comments on them in this blog.

Podcasts & Webcasts

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During this webinar our panel of experts will lead a forward-looking and practical discussion of business risk management in light of recent employment law developments.

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The clock is ticking. Canada’s anti-spam law (CASL) will come into force on July 1, 2014. With only six months to plan, it is critical for businesses to put compliance planning at the top of their agenda.