François Laurin-Pratte

François is counsel in the disputes department of our Montréal office. He specializes in complex legal research and the drafting of legal opinions, appeal briefs and plans of argument. He provides strategic support for large-scale trials in inferior courts and in appeal court hearings. François' practice covers various areas of civil, commercial, administrative, and constitutional law. His expertise includes consumer law, competition law, securities law, the distribution of financial products and services, corporate and business law, franchise law, municipal law, private international law and fundamental rights.

He provides to the litigation group and the other groups within the firm a comprehensive view and a realistic focus of the cases. He has knowledge of both Québec civil law and Canadian common law. He first studied civil law at the University of Montréal and then completed a Juris Doctor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for the Honourable Justice Clément Gascon. François is a member of the Québec Bar as well as the Bar of Ontario.

Representative Work

  • Association of Ontario Chicken Processors

    The Association of Ontario Chicken Processors in its intervention before the Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec to preserve harmonized assurance of supply for chicken processors in Québec and Ontario.

  • The Association of Ontario Chicken Processors in its intervention before the Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec to preserve harmonized assurance of supply for chicken processors in Québec and Ontario.
  • Acts for the plaintiff Bruno Gélinas-Faucher in his constitutional challenge of section 282 of the Quebec Election Act, which deprives persons domiciled in Quebec from the righy to vote by mail after two years of temporary residence abroad.
  • Amex Bank of Canada in connection with the defence of four class actions concerning credit card fees and various provisions of the Consumer Protection Act.
  • Hydro Québec in connection with the defense of two class actions related to administrative fees and the implementation of a new billing system.
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and certain of its board members, in connection with a proposed class action and an authorization request to bring an action in accordance with Article 225.4 of the Securities Act brought by shareholders.
  • Amaya Inc. and certain of its board members, in connection with a proposed class action and an application for leave to bring an action under section 225.4 of the Securities Act brought by shareholders
  • Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix Inc. – defence of a class action concerning the right to unilaterally modify a loyalty reward program and the application of the Consumer Protection Act.

Latest Insights

  • Osler Update Oct 20, 2022

    The Superior Court of Québec denies certification of a proposed worldwide securities class action

    Osler lawyers review a Québec court decision in which a proposed securities class action was solely based on a short seller report.

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    The Superior Court of Québec denies certification of a proposed worldwide securities class action
  • Osler Update Nov 24, 2021

    Supreme Court tightens discrimination and strengthens freedom of expression

    In a recent civil liability case, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that not all offensive comments are discriminatory, even if they are based on a...

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    Supreme Court tightens discrimination and strengthens freedom of expression
  • Osler Update Jul 22, 2021

    The Court of Québec’s jurisdiction over civil matters must be revised, says the SCC

    In a ruling dated June 30, 2021, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of Québec to hear civil cases in...

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    The Court of Québec’s jurisdiction over civil matters must be revised, says the SCC
  • Osler Update Sep 20, 2019

    Québec Court of Appeal limits the Court of Québec’s jurisdiction

    Québec’s Court of Appeal rendered its ruling on the scope of the Court of Québec’s jurisdiction and concluded that the Court of Québec’s...

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Awards and Recognition

  • Best Lawyers: Recognized as “One to Watch” in Corporate and Commercial Litigation

Media Mentions

  • Osler News Feb 16, 2024

    Osler welcomes seven new partners and one new counsel in 2024

    Osler is pleased to announce the addition of seven new partners and one new counsel across our offices in Toronto, Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver,...

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Speaking and Writing

Published Work

Co-author, with Éric Préfontaine & Fabrice Benoît, “Les actions collectives en valeurs mobilières, le lien de causalité et la théorie de la fraude dans le marché”, in Développements récents en litige de valeurs mobilières (2023), (Montréal: Éditions Yvon Blais, 2023), p 262.


Credentials

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Juris Doctor
  • Université de Montréal, Bachelor of Civil Law
  • Université de Montréal, Bachelor of Psychology

Languages

  • English
  • French

Professional Affiliations

  • Barreau du Québec
  • Law Society of Ontario