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Claire Hildebrand
Claire Hildebrand Associate | Vancouver

About Claire

Claire practises in both commercial litigation and insolvency and restructuring. Her commercial litigation practice focuses on contractual disputes, tort claims, shareholder litigation and transactional claims. Claire's insolvency and restructuring practice focuses on advising debtor companies, unsecured and secured creditors, purchasers of distressed assets and other parties affected by insolvency issues. She has experience working on behalf of financial institutions and accounting firms, as well as mining, resource and construction companies. Claire joined Blakes as an articling student after clerking for six Justices of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Claire frequently provides pro bono legal advice through Access Pro Bono.

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  • Counsel to an actuarial services firm in a professional liability dispute

  • Arbitration counsel to an international construction company in a dispute involving delay and disruption claims in connection with the construction of significant energy infrastructure

  • Counsel to Carillion Canada, the Canadian subsidiary of Carillion plc, one of Canada's largest integrated construction support services and facilities management services, in its CCAA proceedings

  • Counsel to an international mining company in a contractual dispute regarding the purchase of mineral tenure claims

  • Counsel to a multinational automobile manufacturer in defence of a product liability claim alleging unintended acceleration

  • Counsel to a helicopter transportation company under CCAA protection in a successful application regarding the purchase of industrial equipment

  • Counsel to an international manufacturing company in a commercial leasing dispute

Awards & Recognition

Claire has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2024 (Restructuring/Insolvency)

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada 2024 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law)

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada – 2022–2023 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)

Professional Activities

Claire is a member of the Canadian Bar Association Executive Committee for the BC Insolvency Subsection. She also sits on the board of directors of the Allard Hall School of Law Alumni Association.


Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 2017
JD, University of British Columbia – 2015
MA, University of Toronto – 2012
BA (Hon.), Queen's University – 2011

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