OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Canada's constitution is unique in that it is comprised of common law rules developed by courts, written statutes and unwritten rules based on custom, usage and practices. When issues of legislative constitutionality or validity of government action arise, businesses in federally regulated industries need counsel knowledgeable about all these aspects of the law and their application.

Clients come to Blakes because we have one of the premier constitutional law practices in Canada, which is led by Scholar in Residence Professor Peter Hogg, Canada’s leading legal scholar and constitutional law authority. Banking, finance, energy, oil and gas, communications, telecommunications, aviation, insurance companies and First Nations (among others) all rely on our lawyers for authoritative advice on Charter of Rights and Freedoms, aboriginal rights and federalism issues. Working closely with our pre-eminent Media & Defamation and Freedom of Information practices, we also represent Canada's major newspapers, publishers and broadcasters on constitutional law challenges on a regular basis.

Because of our extensive experience and record of success, we have been retained in many leading constitutional cases, appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada on a wide range of constitutional issues. These have included freedom of expression, access to information, application of provincial legislation to federally regulated companies, discrimination and equality rights, tax, and aboriginal rights. Our litigators have also represented clients before the Supreme Court of Canada in cases addressing the constitutionality of the Trade-Marks Act, parliamentary privilege, judicial independence, investigative powers, and health and environmental matters.


Representative Matters

  • Represented interveners in Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. v. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, where the Supreme Court addressed the Crown’s duty to consult with Aboriginal Peoples under the Constitution.
  • Served as counsel to the respondents in Grant v. Torstar Corp., where the Supreme Court recognized the defence of responsible journalism against a claim of defamation.
  • Represented interveners in R. v. Kapp, which outlined the modern test for ameliorative programs under the equality rights provisions of the charter.
  • Acted as counsel to the appellants in Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. v. Canada, a case that examined whether mandatory publications bans violate freedom of expression under the charter.
  • Represented the respondent in British Columbia (Attorney General) v. Lafarge Canada Inc. and the appellants in Canada Western Bank v. Alberta, where the Supreme Court refined the paramountcy and interjurisdictional immunity doctrines relating to the applicability of provincial legislation to federally regulated companies.
  • Served as counsel to interveners in Ontario (Public Safety and Security) v. Criminal Lawyers’ Association on the issue of whether freedom of expression guarantees access to government documents.
 

 PEOPLE

 
Page: 1 of 1       1        Items per page: 25 | 50 | ALL
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2269
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Product Liability, Privacy, Communications, Life Sciences, Infrastructure, Competition Litigation, Freedom of Information, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4316
Areas of Expertise: International Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Class Actions, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Mining
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5027
Areas of Expertise: Investment Treaty Arbitration, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition & Antitrust, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Africa, United States, Europe, Latin America, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, International Dispute Resolution
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9786
Areas of Expertise: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Insurance, Oil & Gas, Insurance Litigation, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2408
Areas of Expertise: International Dispute Resolution, Media & Defamation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Cybersecurity, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5088
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Competition Litigation, Foreign Investment, International Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Abuse of Dominance & Reviewable Matters, Cartels & Criminal Investigations, Competition Law Compliance, Merger Review & Control, Anti-Corruption & Bribery, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3859
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Corporate Litigation, Securities Litigation, Competition Litigation, Pension Litigation, Constitutional & Charter of Rights
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5849
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Class Actions, Privacy, Freedom of Information, Media & Defamation, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Cybersecurity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4009
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Securities Litigation, Corporate Litigation, Mining, International Dispute Resolution, Banking
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2399
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Product Liability, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Freedom of Information, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences, Government & Public Sector
Scholar in Residence | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3194
Areas of Expertise: Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4011
Areas of Expertise: Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Media & Defamation, Corporate Litigation, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, International Dispute Resolution, Securities Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2938
Areas of Expertise: Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Aboriginal Law, Brownfields Redevelopment, Chemical & Waste Regulation, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Communications, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Corporate Litigation
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3347
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Aboriginal Law
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4220
Areas of Expertise: Aboriginal Law, Anti-Money Laundering, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Construction, Corporate Litigation, Energy, Environmental & Aboriginal, International Trade, Media & Defamation, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, LNG
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-5257
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Class Actions, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Employment Litigation, Environmental Litigation & Enforcement, Employment Law, Pensions & Benefits
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2756
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Litigation, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, International Dispute Resolution, Product Liability, Tax Controversy & Litigation
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4274
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Media & Defamation, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Competition Litigation, Tax Controversy & Litigation, International Dispute Resolution, Cybersecurity and Data Breach Response & Litigation, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3052
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate Litigation, International Dispute Resolution, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Class Actions
Page: 1 of 1       1        Items per page: 25 | 50 | ALL