Dispute resolution

The latest entry into the crowded Toronto litigation boutique pedestal, Tyr Law was forged by three partners, Jim Doris, Jim Bunting and Sean Campbell, after calving off of their former firm, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, where all three cultivated their litigation pedigree and earned their individual reputations. Looking to sidestep the conflicts potentially encountered from the corporate capacity at Davies, these entrepreneurial partners went all in on this newfound freedom, naming their firm after the Norse war god who presides over matters of law and justice. Peers are watching and already impressed with the venture. “I have referred them work because they are trusted and experienced counsel,” confirms one. “They are top-notch commercial litigators, all coming from major national law firms but bravely going out on their own as a boutique litigation start-up.” Another elaborates, “They are a combination of extremely experienced and highly respected lawyers like Jim Doris and dynamic, younger and technologically savvy lawyers gaining excellent reputations like Jim Bunting and Sean Campbell. They are the epitome of civility while [being] zealous advocates for their clients.” Clients are equally impressed; one offers a pithy and glowing accolade: “The team at Tyr is excellent. These lawyers have Bay Street pedigree and training but are cost-efficient and tech-friendly. The result is that they are extremely tough and get great results for their clients, but without some of the traditional billing inefficiencies and excessive costs you see at big law firms. They have embraced remote practice as well as any firm in Canada, and during the pandemic, instead of allowing their clients’ files to stall, they have pushed them forward more than ever, conducting discoveries, examinations, and contested hearings remotely and getting great results for their clients.” Speaking to the basket of varieties of work the firm has been attending to, one peer observes, “They are a market disrupter. They are taking a different tack. Jim Bunting has sports law, a lot more government work, and insurance coverage work. In fact, Jim Doris has built up an interesting niche in this area. There are not many Bay Street lawyers who will take on the insurance company.” Another peer opines, “It takes real you-know-what to walk away from Davies but I think they did a good thing. They can now spread their wings and explore where they can go with their practices, individually and collectively. You want to sue a bank, an insurance company, or a mining company? You can’t DO that at Davies!” Speaking to the lawyer’s individual talents, a peer states, “Jim Doris is low-key but SMART! He is a gold medalist, clients love him.” A client speaks to the advantages of Doris’ demeanor: “In an extremely tense negotiation among a number of leading lawyers, Jim displayed a sense of judgment and pragmatism that was able to take the temperature down and get the deal done.” Bunting is called “the flashy guy, the big personality, from a perspective of marketing, he’s the face. At Davies he had [litigation figurehead] Kent Thomson to stand behind but I think Bunting will now start to shine, you’ll see him on a whole whack of cases.” Beyond the three main partners, others of a more junior level are starting to emerge in their own right. Pinta Maguire, who joined the firm from Lenczner Slaght, acted with Bunting in representing publicly traded cannabis companies Emblem Cannabis and Aleafia Health in arbitration proceedings seeking damages for an alleged breach of a long-term supply contract. Following expedited arbitration proceedings, the case settled, with the clients receiving $29 million. Anisah Hassan is also a recipient of praise. A client testifies, “Anisah assisted me in the defense of a complicated matter before the Ontario Securities Commission. We were retained just over a week before the start of what proved to be a three-week hearing. She is an exceptional young advocate, a quick study with an agile mind, and she has the courtroom skills of a far more experienced litigator.” Hassan is working with Bunting on a potentially precedent-setting application by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to the Federal Court to determine whether Google search results are subject to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. This case seeks to confirm whether a “right to be forgotten”, allowing individuals to have search results relating to them removed from search engines, exists under current Canadian law. Carlos Sayao is also developing a fan base among clients. “Carlos is another outstanding lawyer at Tyr; he is extremely smart, insightful, pragmatic and responsive. He has an excellent, comprehensive and confident command of the files that he manages for us and provides strategic advice that is always on-point, thoughtful, and practical.”