Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Litigation: General Commercial Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded firm with a distinguished practice in the securities litigation space. Particularly sought out for its expert representation in class action suits. Lists a range of financial institutions among its clients, as well as high-profile current and former company directors and corporations in sectors such as mining, leisure and cannabis. Demonstrates considerable expertise in internal investigations, including those stemming from whistle-blower complaints and securities regulatory proceedings.

Strengths One client shared: "The Cassels team I work with is highly analytical, careful and thorough. They work very hard, even under significant pressure."

Another attested: "The lawyers at Cassels have provided excellent client service to us. Their work has been rapid and responsive to the court's timetable. They have developed an excellent knowledge of our case."

Work highlights Represented six former directors of Sears Canada in claims brought by the monitor of the Sears Canada CCAA proceedings, a litigation trustee and the pension administrator alleging breach of duty of care, breach of fiduciary duty and oppression relating to the Sears Canada board's approval of a dividend.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe
Lara Jackson
as a "highly talented lawyer with good judgement." Others note her as "very intelligent and very composed; nothing ruffles her feathers." She handles general commercial and securities litigation, including class actions.

Wendy Berman
commands a formidable reputation for her work on securities class actions and regulatory proceedings. Sources speak highly of her, describing her as a "great leader and unbelievable lawyer; she is definitely the complete package." Others laud her "great client service," adding that she is "extraordinarily articulate and very hard-working."