Arbitration is an increasingly important tool for businesses needing to resolve commercial disputes. BLG’s Domestic (i.e., within Canada) Commercial Arbitration Group contains numerous professionals across all of BLG’s offices who provide top-level arbitration-related advice to our clients, including on drafting arbitration provisions, selecting and implementing appropriate rules of procedure, selecting suitable arbitrators, navigating the arbitration experience and determining the most effective and efficient method and strategy for resolving each client’s specific dispute or issue.

Our Domestic Commercial Arbitration Group is committed to working closely with all clients, to find practical solutions and maximize positive outcomes. We have experience providing arbitration services to a number of industries, including energy, oil and gas, forestry and mining, electricity generation, intellectual property, information technologies, shareholder disputes, expropriations, commodities, telecommunications, insurance, banking, securities, medical and healthcare, and shipping and construction. When additional expertise is needed, the Group calls on professionals in other groups from across our full-service firm for comprehensive legal services.

We also have significant experience representing clients before the courts in a variety of arbitration matters, including applications for interim or provisional measures and for homologation or annulment of arbitral awards. Members of the group have acted for a wide range of clients in their business affairs and disputes, including banks, governments and government agencies, private corporate entities, funds, trading firms, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, property owners, developers, athletes, franchising parties, licensees, shareholders, joint ventures and sporting goods manufacturers.


    Representative Work

    • Counsel to a government-owned corporation in its dispute with a pulp and paper company.
    • Counsel to respondent shipowner in successfully defending charterer’s claim for damages arising from shipowner’s refusal to call at an unsafe port.
    • Counsel to claimant vendor in successfully pursuing ad hoc arbitration of claims and counterclaims following the sale of the assets of a satellite company.
    • Counsel to respondent in an ad hoc arbitration of claims under an environmental indemnity agreement.
    • Counsel to claimant property owner in an ad hoc arbitration of claims related to parking garage repairs.
    • Counsel to respondent majority shareholder of family dollar-store company in BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre arbitration of claims and counterclaims for oppression and liquidation.
    • Counsel to investor in International Film and Television Alliance arbitration of claims and counterclaims with other investors about distribution of film proceeds.
    • Counsel to respondent business directory publisher in BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre arbitration of claims and counterclaims for breaches of asset purchase and services agreements.
    • Counsel to landlord in two ad hoc arbitrations of lease renewal term rent for convenience stores/gas bars.
    • Counsel to claimant in ad hoc arbitration under share purchase agreement related to the purchase price for respondent’s shares in closely held tile distribution and retail companies.
    • Counsel to claimant in BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre arbitration relating to whether shareholder breached a shareholders’ agreement by exercising put option but not surrendering share certificates.
    • Counsel to claimant in BC International Commercial Arbitration Centre arbitration relating to whether parties defaulted under warehousing agreements by subcontracting janitorial services and failing to pay invoices.
    • Counsel to respondent in ad hoc arbitration of issues arising from cancellation of law society funding contract with native community law centre.

    Rankings & Recognitions

    The Domestic Commercial Arbitration Group or its members are recognized in:

    • The 2018 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.
    • The 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
    • The 2017 edition of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.
    • The 2017 edition of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.