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Gillian S.G. Scott

Gillian S.G. Scott

Partner, Innovative Products

Key Contact: Franchise

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.4872



Areas of Expertise
Bar Admission

Ontario, 2003

  • York University, Osgoode Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop
  • University of Toronto, J.D.
  • Dalhousie University, B.A. (Hons.)
English, French

In her unique, client-facing business role, Gillian provides strategic leadership on the assessment, development, staffing, pricing, launch and management of Osler’s innovative legal product offerings. As part of Osler’s overall innovation strategy, Gillian is focused on transforming the business of law by providing maximum value to clients through new legal product offerings that address their pain points and service gaps. Gillian’s current focus is on Osler Dash, the Franchise and Distribution Group's automated franchise disclosure and e-contracting platform.

Gillian brings 15 years as a commercial litigator and litigation partner at Osler and three years in Client Development to her role, giving her a unique understanding of client challenges and business objectives. This experience informs her unique approach to developing and delivering client-focused innovative solutions, products and services.

    • Advising and defending a national bank in a number of disputes relating to the alleged disclosure of personal customer information
    • Advising Western Union, LinkedIn and other technology companies in respect of court proceedings relating to customer information access requests
    • Acting for blue-chip software company in licensing dispute relating to complex patent infringement litigation
    • Defending Amex Bank of Canada Inc., in a proposed class proceeding against a national bank with respect to prepaid card products
    • Representing General Motors of Canada Limited in numerous disputes and ongoing matters relating to the restructuring of its dealer network across Canada
    • Representing Yogurtworld Enterprises Inc. (dba Menchies) in a rescission claim brought by multi-unit franchisees
    • Advising and representing numerous franchisors in disputes with their franchisees relating to terminations, rescission claims, restrictive covenant and intellectual property matters
    • Representing the debtor InterTAN Canada Ltd. (Canadian subsidiary of Circuit City) in proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act
    • Acting for a major international airline in a regulatory investigation and parallel class action proceedings in Ontario, Québec and B.C. relating to allegations of price-fixing in the global and domestic air passenger and freight industries
    • The Royal Trust Company in launching a summary judgment motion seeking interpretations of commercial agreements governing the sale of a business, in response to a claim brought by beneficiaries of an estate
    • Culligan of Canada Ltd. and Culligan International in the settlement of an action by a bottled water distributor who claimed to be a franchisee and a beneficiary under a California settlement agreement in the settlement of an action by a bottled water distributor who claimed to be a franchisee and a beneficiary under a California settlement agreement

  • Lexpert: Ranked in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Franchise Law – Franchisor
  • Who’s Who Legal: Ranked in Who's Who Legal: Franchise; Ranked in Who's Who Legal: Canada: Franchise Law
    • Noted as “a young partner with a track record in dealing with high-stakes franchise litigation,” and “one to watch."
  • Best Lawyers: Ranked in Best Lawyers in Canada: Franchise Law
  • Franchise Times: Ranked in Franchise Times Legal Eagle as a Leading Lawyer: Franchise Litigation

  • Law Help Ontario/Pro Bono Law Ontario, Duty Counsel Volunteer

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association, Franchise Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Franchise Law Section
  • International Franchise Association
  • Advocates Society

  • Presented at Privacy Class Actions in Canada at the AccessPrivacy Annual Conference, June 2015.
  • International Franchise Association, Legal Symposium Task Force Member (2014-2016).
  • Co-chair at the CFA Franchise Law Day on January 29, 2015 held at The Old Mill Inn in Toronto.
  • Co-presented at the Basics Track seminar on Franchise Litigation at the International Franchise Association Conference in Chicago, May 2014.
  • Co-chaired and spoke at the morning plenary panel: “No Lawyer, No Cry” at the CFA Franchise Law Day, January 30, 2014.
  • Co-chaired the 13th Annual Ontario Bar Association Franchise Law Conference “The End of Innocence: The Arthur Wishart Act Comes of Age,” November 2013.
  • Member of the Continuing Education Committee, Canadian Franchise Association 2013.
  • Co-presented the Annual Legal and Legislative Update at the Canadian Franchise Association Legal Day, January 31, 2013.
  • Co-chaired the Ontario Bar Association Franchise Section Spring Dinner, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” examining the impact of the Tim Horton’s Summary Judgment Decision, May 29, 2012.
  • Presented at the Ontario Bar Association Franchise Section Live and Undecided Dinner Panel on “Limitation Periods and Rescission Remedies under the Arthur Wishart Act,” June 1, 2011.
  • 1250264 Ontario Inc. v. Pet Valu Canada Inc. – Case Report, a client update indexed on Wikifranchise and Lexology, February 10, 2011 (co-authored with Jennifer Dolman).
  • Costs Outcomes in Class Actions in Ontario: A Pragmatic Review of Costs Analysis in Recent Years, paper presented at 2009 Ontario Bar Association Class Action Colloquium, Toronto, December 1, 2009 (co-authored with Sonia Bjorkquist and assistance from Matthew Thompson).