Hugh Meighen is a partner based in Toronto and specializes in international and domestic commercial, investment and construction arbitrations in the telecommunications, oil & gas, healthcare and mining sectors. He also has experience acting in investment protection disputes arising under various investment protection laws and treaties. He has acted in international arbitrations governed by a variety of procedural rules, including the arbitration rules of the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICDR, BCICAC and DIAC.
As part of his commercial work, Hugh has acted for various companies and investors in disputes with governments, vendors, and service providers in a variety of contractual disputes and in disputes arising under the investment laws of foreign jurisdictions.
As part of his construction work, Hugh has advised international contractors and vendors in disputes with employers, construction managers and suppliers regarding delay claims, defective works, variations, and financing issues. He has also acted in a series of alternative dispute resolution procedures regarding complex infrastructure projects within Canada, including adjudication, expert determination and arbitration.
Hugh regularly deals with third party funders and has spoken and written extensively on the law of third party funding in Canada.
In addition to his counsel work, Hugh is an adjunct professor of international commercial arbitration at Osgoode Hall Law School and has acted as a sole arbitrator in real property and procurement disputes. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and has authored and co-authored various book chapters, articles and commentaries regarding arbitration law, including the Guide to the PCA Arbitration Rules, published by Oxford University Press.
Prior to joining BLG, Hugh practiced in London and Dubai in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and was Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, where he assisted arbitral tribunals in international investment arbitrations.
Hugh has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal and Global Arbitration Review for inclusion in Who's Who – Arbitration List of Future Leaders from 2017 to 2019 and in Who’s Who – Construction List of Future Leaders in 2019.
Hugh speaks English and French and is a qualified lawyer in New York State and Ontario. He earned his degrees with distinction from McGill and Princeton Universities.