Helen Richards
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4270

Helen (Burnett) Richards has a broad litigation practice with a focus on complex corporate/commercial and securities litigation. Her experience includes a number of large class proceedings in the areas of securities, conspiracy and food and beverage labelling. She also regularly advises clients in respect of director and officer indemnities and liability. In addition, Helen has a keen interest in legal issues affecting wineries and the wine industry.

Helen has provided advice to and represented clients in matters proceeding at all levels of court in Ontario and Saskatchewan, as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada. She has also represented clients in domestic and international arbitrations and regularly provides pro bono legal services at the Small Claims Court in Toronto.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Some recent matters in which Helen has been involved include:

  • Representing various retail and investment banks in securities and competition class actions

  • Representing a foreign partnership before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal on issues arising out of the Partnership Act

  • Representing a tobacco wholesaler in its objection to a tax assessment issued by the Ontario Ministry of Finance

  • Representing an international corporation in respect of a bilateral investment treaty arbitration

  • Representing an international corporation in a domestic arbitration arising out of the construction of a windfarm

  • Representing various companies entering into plans of arrangement before the Commercial List

  • Representing an international corporation in obtaining an Anton Piller Order to further its investigation into a large-scale, international counterfeit operation

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, November 28, 2016
Co-author: Access Denied: Primary Market Liability Regime Not Available to Secondary Market Security Holders
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, August 31, 2016
Blakes Bulletin on Securities Litigation, April 28, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, March 7, 2016.
Co-author: Common Law Securities Misrepresentation Claims - Still with Us in the Post-Green Era?
The Canadian Class Action Review, Volume 11, Number 2, March 2016.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Managing Enterprise Risk: Spotlight on D&O Liability
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, December 6, 2017.
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