R. Seumas M. Woods
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3876

Seumas has a varied corporate-commercial law practice. He has appeared as counsel before all levels of courts in Ontario, as well as numerous arbitrations and mediations, and brings with him a strong knowledge of the law, as well as a practical, common sense approach to legal problems.

Seumas's practice encompasses many areas, including international dispute resolution, transactional securities litigation, construction litigation, gaming-related claims, commercial disputes, shareholder litigation, personal injury and occupier's liability claims on behalf of companies in the hospitality industry, product liability claims for both consumers and manufacturers, franchise and distributorship disputes, and estate litigation.

Seumas is co-chair of the Firm's International Dispute Resolution group.


Among the more notable cases that Seumas has litigated or arbitrated are:

  • A series of applications to Canadian securities regulators to cease-trade shareholder rights plans in connection with contested take-over bids, including BHP Billiton's bid for Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Cliffs Natural Resources Inc.'s bid for Spider Resources Limited, Research in Motion Limited's bid for Certicom Corp., and others
  • Proxy fights for the control of the boards of directors of Canadian public companies including Agrium Inc., Maudore Minerals Limited, Forbes and Manhattan Coal Corp. and Bioniche Life Sciences Inc.
  • Actions to restrain take-over bids, including hostile bids by Research in Motion Limited and Rusoro Mining Limited, based on the use of confidential information
  • Claims for over C$500-million against Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation by members of a joint venture involved in the design and construction of the Windsor Energy Centre
  • An ad hoc UNCITRAL Model Law arbitration by a software developer that resulted in a C$100-million award against Xerox Corporation
  • Ad hoc international arbitrations involving issues arising from the acquisition of a Canadian company by an Italian entity, and the modernization of a cold-rolling steel mill in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Ad hoc and ICC international arbitrations involving mining properties in Spain and Colombia
  • Arbitrations involving outsourcing, engineering services and the construction of alternate energy facilities (acting as Canadian counsel to public and private companies)
  • A C$17-million construction delay claim against the City of Mississauga in connection with the renovation of a project to renovate a historic building, which resulted in a trial judgment in the City's favour, subsequently upheld on appeal to the Court of Appeal
  • A negligent performance/product liability claim by the constructor of the Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island against the company that supplied the bridge's post-tensioning system
  • Refusal to deal cases brought against a motor vehicle distributor by two of its former retailers
  • Class actions by former Bre-X shareholders against the Ontario Securities Commission, by guests of a Caribbean resort against the resort's owner and by purchasers of the vitamin methionine against manufacturers of the product
  • Challenges to the validity of wills and the conduct of estate trustees and guardians of persons and property

Seumas is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, and Gaming Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014 (Repeatedly Recommended in Litigation - Corporate Commercial and Litigation - Securities)
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