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Torys LLP

Litigation: General Commercial

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What the team is known for

A firm of choice for litigation in Toronto, Torys has a deep bench and a strong reputation for handling complex files. The firm has a thriving securities litigation practice, covering negligence, misrepresentation and fraud, as well as impressive capacity for oppression claims, competition, employment and energy matters and class action defence. It is well positioned to act for clients on multi-jurisdictional and cross-border mandates. The team offers substantial experience across various sectors, including technology, financial services, transportation and media.


One impressed client said: "I appreciate their responsiveness, their understanding of our business, and their ability to be practical and pragmatic."

"The team practises at the highest level," enthused one commentator, while another said: "They work very well together and as a team ensure that we are kept up to date at all times."

Work highlights

A combined Torys team from Toronto and Montréal represented Bank of America and Merrill Lynch Commodities in class actions in Ontario and Québec, with plaintiffs seeking CAD1 billion in damages for alleged market manipulation in the precious metals market.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Bernstein has a varied practice handling disputes relating to allegations of fraud, defamation and environmental indemnities, among other areas of expertise. He operates out of the firm's Toronto office.
"Andrew Bernstein is brilliant and a master of federal court." "He adds a concise and practical touch to a file."

Andrew Gray focuses his practice on contentious securities mandates. He has experience acting for underwriters on class action proceedings relating to issues such as misrepresentation and disclosure violations.
"He is like a professor; he cuts through complex issues and easily explains them in layman's terms." "Andrew Gray is a real subject matter expert in securities issues."

Gillian Dingle is developing an excellent reputation as a commercial litigator, with notable expertise in securities disputes. From her base in Toronto, she represents clients in contractual, shareholder and property-related litigation.
"Gillian Dingle is a great lawyer with practical solutions and a cost-effective approach." "She knows the financial sector very well. Having been an in-house counsel she provides business-focused advice."

James Tory is a high-profile and well-regarded Toronto-based litigator with extensive experience representing clients in single-plaintiff and class action disputes.
"James Tory is a terrific lawyer."

John Fabello acts for a number financial institutions on securities class action proceedings, with expertise extending to regulatory investigations and disputes. He co-heads the firm's securities defence practice from the Toronto office.
"He is very responsive, provides quality analysis and is very articulate."

Toronto-based Linda Plumpton represents a number of blue-chip national and international clients, including financial institutions and investment funds, in high-end disputes. She demonstrates particular skill handling commercial litigation, class action proceedings and antitrust disputes.
"Linda Plumpton is a top-flight lawyer who does great work." "There is no doubt in my mind, she is a fabulous attorney."

Patricia Jackson is a highly seasoned disputes specialist who possesses a commanding reputation in the litigation field attained through her many decades of practice. She is based in Toronto and operates a commercial practice which extends to class action and appellate disputes.

Sheila Block continues to be instructed on some of the market's most high-profile commercial litigation and arbitration suits. She receives plaudits for her longstanding practice at the highest level of the commercial disputes market in Toronto and across the country.
"She stands out for her depth of experience, as well as her crisp, outside-of-the-box thinking."

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Before courts at all levels, and across all types of disputes that companies can confront, our litigators set precedents and effectively manage outcomes for clients.

Complex commercial litigation is a significant part of the work we do for clients: our team handles high-stakes commercial and business disputes where high-quality strategy and judgement are critical.

Our litigation and corporate practices work together to resolve clients’ most sensitive cases. Our objective in all cases is to find practical solutions and avoid expensive and time-consuming legal proceedings. If litigation cannot be avoided, we have deep experience helping clients in their commercial disputes across Canada, at all levels of Canadian courts and before provincial and federal regulators.

Our clients value the sense of partnership we bring to managing their high-stakes litigation. We serve clients on all forms of commercial conflicts that may arise during the course of their business relationships, including shareholder litigation, activism issues, contract and transaction disputes.

We act for clients across a wide range of industries, including in retail and consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, banking, finance, insurance, real estate, construction, technology, telecommunications, government and healthcare.

Litigation: General Commercial

Torys LLP


79 Wellington Street West, 30th Floor

PO Box 270, TD South Tower




ON M5K 1N2

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Litigation: General Commercial

Andrew E Bernstein
Band 5
Gillian Dingle
Up and Coming
James C Tory
Band 3
Linda M Plumpton
Band 1
Patricia D S Jackson
Senior Statespeople
Sheila R Block
Band 1

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