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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Litigation: General Commercial

5 ranked lawyersBand 2British ColumbiaCanada 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Prestigious national firm with a strong dispute resolution team in Vancouver. Recognised for its strength in commercial litigation and class action defence, offering extensive services to clients in the natural resources, life sciences, technology and manufacturing industries. Standout capabilities in securities, shareholder and insolvency disputes. Boasts additional knowledge of product liability, infrastructure and Aboriginal law matters, with growing activity on cybersecurity litigation through a focused multidisciplinary team.

Strengths

Sources say: "Their strength is being able to serve their clients with compassion and efficiency."

Work highlights

Represented Lyft Canada in the successful dismissal of a stay application against the granting of its licence to provide transportation services in BC.

Notable practitioners

James Sullivan offers significant expertise in class action proceedings, frequently acting for a roster of financial services and technology clients. His practice includes a wide range of commercial, regulatory compliance and competition disputes.

Joseph McArthur is frequently relied upon by clients from the infrastructure, financial services and utilities sectors to handle commercial dispute resolution. He is particularly regarded for his wide-ranging trial experience and offers additional expertise as arbitration counsel.

Laura Cundari has a growing reputation in BC for her representation of clients from the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors. She has significant experience in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Peter Rubin is considered by clients to be "technically proficient as well as supremely business-minded." He is regularly mandated to act on a wide array of commercial disputes including bankruptcy, breach of fiduciary duty and allegations of fraud.

Sean Boyle is highly respected in the BC market for his expert handling of securities litigation. He is described by sources as "an absolutely incredible lawyer,"and his experience includes acting on class actions and commercial litigation for major financial services clients. Clients note: "He is very precise, professional and bright."

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Overview

Blakes has one of the most successful litigation and dispute resolution practices in Canada and we are known for our specialization and experience advising on complex issues. We advise on local, national and multi-jurisdictional matters (specifically the U.S.) from our Vancouver office, successfully leveraging the Blakes integrated national litigation platform.

With all of the advice and expertise needed under one roof, we leverage best practices across industries and take swift action to resolve disputes smoother, smarter, and with greater success.

We represent client interests at every stage of a dispute, from fact-finding and risk evaluation through final resolution and enforcement. We litigate in trial and appellate courts, resolve disputes at the negotiating table, and represent clients before tribunals and government agencies. Blakes litigators have appeared before all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and have been involved in precedent-setting cases involving hostile take-overs, indemnification of directors and officers, proxy contests and directors’ duties.

In large, document-intensive cases, we integrate skilled paralegal support, leading-edge document management technology and a project management and e-discovery team to manage matters efficiently and cost effectively.


Litigation: General Commercial Department

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Department location

2600 Three Bentall Centre

595 Burrard Street

PO Box 493314

Vancouver

British Columbia

Canada

BC V7X 1L3

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British Columbia

Litigation: General Commercial


James Sullivan QC
Band 3
Joseph McArthur
Band 4
Laura Cundari
Up and Coming
Peter Rubin
Band 4

Litigation: Securities