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Commercial Litigation

Commercial Litigation
Commercial Litigation

We understand that disputes draw time, money and energy away from the core focus of business and often present other risks, including reputational. Blakes litigators develop strategies that consider our clients’ strategic imperatives and the commercial realities. Before we vigorously advocate for you in the courtroom or resolve disputes at the negotiating table, we listen to your needs and work together to define success. Then we focus on achieving it.

Our national team has an exceptional track record litigating all kinds of commercial disputes, including litigation relating to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, outsourcing and licensing agreements, procurement arrangements, supply chain and distribution issues, insurance, and other contractual disputes.

At every stage, we focus on our client’s objectives ― from fact-finding and risk evaluation, through strategic advancement or defence of litigation, to final determination or resolution. Our lawyers are highly experienced at the trial and appellate levels in court, at the negotiating table, and before tribunals and government agencies. Clients benefit from our extensive experience in commercial arbitration and mediation, as we explore every opportunity to resolve disputes by the best available means.

Working closely with our inSource team, we use advanced legal technology tools to efficiently handle large, document intensive cases, e-discovery and investigations. This allows Blakes litigators to work seamlessly with our reviewers in house to both produce the highest quality work and advance our clients’ cases with alacrity.

Whatever the issue, our litigators are prepared to get into court or other forums quickly and assertively to ensure that our clients' interests are fully protected.

Awards & Recognition
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada

Recent Experience
  • Torstar Corporation in obtaining court approval of its acquisition by NordStar Capital LP and defeating the challenge by an unsuccessful bidder and its attempt to stay the transaction.

  • The Canadian Federation of Independent Business in its intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in CM Callow v. Zollinger, a landmark case clarifying the common law duty of honest contractual performance.

  • Dow Chemical in its C$1-billion-plus litigation with NOVA Chemicals Corporation with respect to operation of facilities under a joint venture.

  • Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) in relation to a proposal from a group of HBC shareholders for the privatization of the company.

  • The City of Greater Sudbury in the first reported case in Ontario to address the judicial review of a public procuring entity’s decision to debar a bidder under a city procurement bylaw.

  • Bell Canada in obtaining an injunction compelling Québecor Inc. to restore the broadcast signal that Groupe TVA had unlawfully interrupted during the Stanley Cup playoffs, impacting more than 425,000 Bell subscribers.

  • Hydro-Québec in successfully securing its rights to develop and modernize its power transmission network, the largest in North America, in front of the Supreme Court of Canada.​

  • ADAG Corporation Canada Ltd. in an appeal to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal to challenge a trial verdict requiring it to transfer ownership of the SaskOil Tower in Regina, Saskatchewan, to long-term tenant SaskEnergy.

  • Coast Capital Savings Credit Union in defending challenges before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and Court of Appeal to complete their continuance from provincial to federal regulation.

  • Suncor in the Alberta Securities Commission in an application to set aside or limit a shareholders rights plan adopted by Canadian Oil Sands, in which the ASC granted Suncor’s application and significantly limited the rights plan.

  • Station Mont-Tremblant (formerly Intrawest, now Alterra) in challenging the termination of rental pool agreements for more than 1,000 condominium units managed by Station Mont-Tremblant for the benefit of the unit owners. Success for Station Mont-Tremblant meant that it preserved tens of millions of dollars of rental revenues.

  • Several of the largest international insurers in a C$20-million subrogated action against CIMA+ and Garda, stemming from a fatal explosion in Quebec.

  • Cannabis clients in a judicial review process before the Ontario Divisional Court with respect to obtaining their licences.