Miller Thomson LLP is one of Canada’s leading national business law firms with close to 550 lawyers. We consistently deliver the highest quality advisory and advocacy skills and expertise required by international clients doing business in Canada. We have more Canadian locations than any other national firm, allowing our lawyers to provide our clients with valuable local knowledge. More specifically, with offices in Montreal, Markham, Vaughan, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, London, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver, we are uniquely positioned to provide ‘on the ground’ insight and knowledge from the country’s key economic hubs, and under both the common law and civil law systems in Canada.
Miller Thomson’s national advocacy practice comprises close to 200 litigators, organized around a comprehensive range of sub-specialties. Our expertise covers complex commercial litigation, class actions, construction litigation, environmental litigation, insurance defence, IP litigation, securities litigation, shareholder disputes, tax litigation, insolvency, and labour & employment disputes, among other areas of litigation support. The national group has extensive experience acting for a wide range of clients in all industry segments in trial proceedings, court applications, arbitrations and appeals at the provincial and federal levels. These clients range from sole proprietorships and individuals to some of the largest and most recognized national and international corporations operating in Canada.
Our litigators look for opportunities for efficient and expedient dispute resolutions. In this regard, our litigators are experienced in mediation and arbitration proceedings of all types, whether required as part of the litigation process or undertaken pursuant to an agreement with the other side to a dispute.
The Group also draws on the firm’s discovery capabilities. Our litigators adopt procedures to drive greater case management and discovery efficiency, thereby mitigating the resource intensive, often costly document production phase of litigation.
We have extensive experience acting for clients in litigation concerning:
Employment and human rights
Real property disputes
Civil or extra contractual liability
Construction contracts, liens, claims
Patent and trademark infringement
Professional liability claims
Products liability claims
Interim orders and other relief sought on an urgent basis
Eyford Partners is a preeminent British Columbia litigation boutique. With offices in Vancouver and Kelowna, our firm advises clients provincially, nationally, and internationally.
Our lawyers have been repeatedly recognized in Benchmark Litigation, Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers™, Litigation Counsel of America, Lexpert®, and other publications of note.
Eyford Partners pairs the best of big law— the readiness to take on complex mandates, the commitment to legal excellence—with highly responsive service. We are an agile boutique, attuned to the needs of our clients.
Our lawyers have a proven record of success in advancing and defending complex claims. We are adept at every level of the process, from negotiations through to trial and appeal. Should a dispute proceed to litigation, our litigators have extensive advocacy experience. We have appeared at every level of court in Canada, served as counsel in landmark decisions, and secured a reputation as litigators and appellate counsel that can deliver when it matters most.
Appeals & Judicial Review — Our firm includes appellate counsel who have made civil appeals their professional focus. The depth of our experience in appeals is unparalleled in British Columbia. Our firm is generally retained when matters proceed on appeal, and most frequently represents clients in the Court of Appeal for British Columbia challenging or defending decisions of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Our lawyers have also appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada and judicial review proceedings from decision-makers such as municipal councils, regulators, and other administrative bodies.
Arbitration & Mediation — Our mediation and arbitration counsel have dedicated decades to honing their skills in this specialized area of law. Through creative problem-solving, we help clients to resolve disputes, preserve valuable relationships, and avoid costly trials. Our lawyers also regularly accept appointments as neutrals in arbitrated and mediated matters.
Business Disputes — From our offices in Vancouver and Kelowna, our commercial litigation lawyers provide strategic advocacy to clients, nationally and internationally. We have acted for a range of clients, from established global businesses to governments to entrepreneurs operating locally. While our goal is always to obtain a favourable resolution at the earliest opportune moment, we are more than prepared to advocate for our clients’ interests in court. We have appeared at every level of court in British Columbia—our record of success speaks for itself. Our litigators are highly sought out for their expertise in such complex areas as:
Class Actions: We represent defendants in proceedings involving medical and consumer products, deceptive/misleading marketing, and government and institutional negligence. We have the benefit of having acted for both defendants and plaintiff; this allows us to anticipate strategies employed by both sides.
Construction: We have a well-deserved reputation as problem-solvers. Our knowledge of closely related areas, such as construction insurance and surety bonds, and municipal law and expropriation, allows us to craft comprehensive solutions.
Employment: We advise businesses in B.C. and companies operating across Canada and internationally, helping them protect their commercial interests, their confidential information, and their public reputations.
Professional Regulation: We have developed in-depth experience in this specialized area, representing both professionals and regulatory bodies in many industries, including securities, legal, engineering, clergy, nursing, real estate, and healthcare.
Municipal Litigation & Expropriation — We have successfully represented property owners, including homeowners, developers, and farmers, as well as local and international businesses, local governments, and Crown corporations on a wide range of municipal matters. Our lawyers have appeared as counsel at every level of court in British Columbia as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. They also frequently appear before City Councils and administrative tribunals, including the Board of Variance.
Indigenous Consultation & Reconciliation —We support First Nations, domestic and foreign business, and government clients with strategic counsel and advocacy by drawing on our extensive experience in negotiations and litigation. Our lawyers have acted as counsel in high-profile aboriginal litigation proceedings, led engagement with Aboriginal groups on the review and reform of comprehensive land claims policy, served as chief federal negotiators for the Government of Canada, and advised the Prime Minister of Canada about Aboriginal participation in the development of oil and natural gas pipelines.
Insurance — We defend liability claims brought against insurers and the insured in a wide variety of dynamic industries. Insurers can depend on our litigators for clear guidance in cases involving coverage disputes. We have appeared as counsel at every level of court and tribunal in British Columbia and our clients include both Canadian and internationally-based insurers in the US and the UK. International insurers know that they can depend on our skilled litigators to actively defend their interests in British Columbia.
Securities Regulation — Eyford Partners acts for public companies, directors, officers, brokerage firms, investment advisors, and mutual fund sales professionals in complex securities litigation in the courts and before regulatory bodies. Drawing on our years spent in leadership positions at regulatory authorities, we move decisively to protect our clients’ interests, ability to operate, and reputations from litigation and regulatory action. If engaged early on, we are often able to protect against a notice of hearing being issued by regulatory authorities, which—regardless of the final verdict—can be devastating to the professional reputations of market participants. We also counsel clients in responding to inquiries from regulatory authorities.
Founded in Vancouver in 1979, Whitelaw Twining started as a small, boutique law firm with three partners. Since the beginning, we’ve pushed beyond standard litigation to find progressive, creative solutions for our clients.
Culture: Driven, progressive, creative – we don’t settle for how things have always been done. We’re doing away with traditional law firm hierarchies, choosing collaboration over competition and balance over burnout. From support staff to senior partners, we work side-by-side, sharing success as a team.
Approach: We work closely with every client to determine their needs and find the most efficient and effective resolution. We think outside the box, finding creative solutions that improve cycle times, and we share updates every step along the way. With an eye on data and analytics, we are continually improving our processes to give you the best service possible.
Expertise: When it comes to litigation, we don’t do one-size-fits-all – we are industry leaders in 27 areas of law. We have a deep understanding of what makes each sector unique, allowing us to specialize our services and achieve the best results possible.
Offices: We are headquartered in downtown Vancouver, BC with locations in Victoria, and Calgary, AB. Our spaces are designed to be open, collaborative and inspiring – and we all share the view.
McMillan LLP is one of Canada’s leading national law firms with offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Hong Kong. As a full service business law firm, McMillan’s wide-ranging expertise serves public, private and not-for-profit clients nationally and around the globe, across a broad array of industries with particular emphasis on infrastructure and construction; natural resources and energy; technology and technology transactions; and transportation. With globally recognized expertise and acknowledged leadership in cross-border transactions and investment into Canada, raising debt and equity, resolution of complex disputes and guidance through complex regulatory regimes, we provide creative and solutions-oriented business and legal advise to our clients. Our firm values – respect, teamwork, commitment, client service and professional excellence – are at the heart of McMillan’s commitment to serve our clients, our local communities and the legal profession.
McMillan’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group is one of Canada’s leading domestic and cross-border corporate commercial litigation firms. Our lawyers are recognized for their creativity and effectiveness in bringing disputes to satisfactory conclusions, both inside and outside the courts. And with specialists in key areas such as competition, intellectual property, real estate, securities and others, McMillan’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group always strives to deliver a complete solution – no matter the nature of your corporate or commercial disputes.
As experienced litigators, we always assess risk and opportunities before advising clients on the likelihood of success and helping them weigh their options. We also understand that litigation is not always the preferred option, and help clients pursue a full range of resolution avenues including early negotiated settlements and alternative dispute resolution methods. If we proceed to court, however, we are recognized for our ability to tenaciously advance our clients’ commercial interests.
Competition / Antitrust
White Collar Crime & Investigations
Tim Murphy, Managing Partner, CEO
John Clifford, COO
Paul Davis, Chair of the Board of Partners
Claire Duckworth, Executive Director, CFO
Brett Stewart, Chair of the Risk Management & Finance Committee
Tushara Weerasooriya, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee