Summary

Litigation at the Supreme Court level is unique unto itself: it requires precise advocacy — both written and oral — that focuses on only the most critical and persuasive issues involved in a case. BLG litigators have the broadest Supreme Court experience of any firm in Canada. Our depth of experience gives us a one-of-a-kind perspective into every facet of advocacy at the Supreme Court, including: the process of obtaining leave to appeal; the issues relating to written advocacy before the Supreme Court; and insights into the sui generis experience of making oral arguments before the Court.

The Firm's leading performance before the Supreme of Canada has positioned us to provide counsel in high-complexity appellate matters. BLG is also Canada's largest law firm — which gives our firm an unparalleled breadth of experience and expertise in diverse industries and fields. Our appellate litigators work hand-in-glove with subject matter experts in whatever commercial matter is before the Court — including banking, tax, labour and employment, and all manner of product liability. Whatever service you require, we are well-equipped to exceed your expectations.

Publications & Presentations

    Representative Cases

    Supreme Court of Canada Experience

    • World Bank Group v Wallace, 2016 SCC 15, [2016] 1 SCR 207.
    • Chartered Professional Accountants Canada in Deloitte & Touche v Livent Inc, [2016] SCCA No 84
    • Godbout v Pagé, 2017 SCC 18
    • Trinity Western University v Law Society of Upper Canada, 2016 ONCA 518, leave to appeal to SCC granted, [2016] SCCA No 418
    • Canadian Pacific Railway Co v Canada (Attorney General), 2016 SCC 1, [2016] 1 SCR 6
    • Cinar Corporation v Robinson, 2013 SCC 73, [2013] 3 SCR 1168
    • Loyola High School v Quebec (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 12, [2015] 1 SCR 613
    • Carter v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5, [2015] 1 SCR 331
    • Hinse v Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 35, [2015] 2 SCR 621
    • Amaratunga v Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization, 2013 SCC 66, [2013] 3 SCR 866
    • Chaoulli v Québec (Attorney General), 2005 SCC 35, [2005] 1 SCR 791
    • Finney v Barreau du Québec, 2004 SCC 36, [2004] 2 SCR 17
    • Canadian National Railway Co v Canada (Attorney General), 2014 SCC 40, [2014] 2 SCR 135
    • Québec (Attorney General) v A, 2013 SCC 5, [2013] 1 SCR 61
    • Opitz v Wrzesnewskyj, 2012 SCC 55, [2012] 3 SCR 76
    • SL v Commission scolaire des Chênes, 2012 SCC 7, [2012] 1 SCR 235
    • Bou Malhab v Diffusion Métromédia CMR Inc, 2011 SCC 9, 2011 SCC 9
    • Canada (Attorney General) v PHS Community Services Society, 2011 SCC 44, [2011] 3 SCR 134
    • Ontario (Public Safety and Security) v Criminal Lawyers' Association, 2010 SCC 23, [2010] 1 SCR 815
    • Vidéotron Ltée v Her Majesty the Queen, [2008] SCCA No. 423
    • Celanese Canada Inc v Murray Demolition, 2006 SCC 36, [2006] 2 SCR 189
    • Canadian National Railway Co v Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance Co of Canada, 2008 SCC 66, [2008] 3 SCR 453
    • Anderson v Amoco Canada Oil and Gas, 2004 SCC 49, [2004] 3 SCR 3
    • Odhavji Estate v Woodhouse, 2003 SCC 69, [2003] 3 SCR 263
    • Colborne Capital Corp v 542775 Alberta Ltd, [1999] SCCA No 128

    Rankings & Recognitions

    The Supreme Court of Canada Group or its members are recognized in:

    • Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Legal 500 Canada
    • Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
    • Ranked #1 choice in Canada among clients for bet-the-company litigation, according to the Acritas Sharplegal survey
    • Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys
    • Benchmark Canada Awards, for Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year
    • Best Lawyers in Canada®
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory