Summary

We have developed a broad municipal liability practice, defending all types of liability claims against municipalities and their related agencies, boards, commissions and employees. We have experience with both regional and local tier municipalities as well as the various available municipal insurance arrangements.   We are familiar with the coverage issues and self-insured retentions that relate to these arrangements.

More than 20 of our lawyers from both our Toronto and Ottawa offices practise predominantly in the municipal liability field and form our Municipal Liability Group. Our lawyers have extensive trial and appellate experience defending municipalities.  We also regularly act as counsel at mediations and arbitrations for our municipal clients. We have experience representing municipalities at coroners' inquests, administrative and Human Rights tribunals and in defence of class actions. We ensure client confidence in the manner in which we present their defences, especially in matters of significant public and media interest. We can also help manage press inquiries.

We are mindful of the wide-ranging social, policy and financial impact of certain claims, and we have developed strategies to assist municipalities in responding to the various issues that can arise from a given claim. We recognize a step taken in one case may have broad ramifications for the development of the law affecting municipalities in other matters.

Our specialized expertise in defending claims against municipalities includes:

  • Personal injury claims
  • Police and emergency services claims
  • Infrastructure claims, including class actions
  • Roadway design and maintenance claims
  • Parks and recreational trail claims
  • Occupiers' liability claims
  • General liability claims
  • Environmental liability claims

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