David Sherriff-Scott

David Sherriff-Scott  


Executive Summary

David Sherriff-Scott is a partner and member of BLG's Commercial Litigation Group. He is currently the head of BLG’s Construction Group in the Ottawa office. David has extensive experience before the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Federal Court’s Trial and Appeal Divisions, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, Ontario Municipal Board, and a wide variety of other tribunals, boards and commissions.

David regularly advises and appears as litigation counsel in large multi-party construction cases, procurement and tendering disputes, professional liability matters and commercial disputes.

David is a leading lawyer in the field of defamation and media law and has served as one of BLG’s past National Chairs of its Media and Defamation Law Group. David has media training and often acts as a media spokesperson for major clients on particularly sensitive issues and cases.

David’s practice also involves a significant administrative law litigation component. He has wide experience in judicial review before both the Ontario and Federal Courts. He acts as defence counsel in professional discipline cases and holds the Osgoode Law School Certificate in Professional Regulation & Discipline in the Ontario Health Care Sector. David was lead counsel for the Catholic Church at the 3.5-year Cornwall Public Inquiry into how institutions handled historical allegations of abuse. He has appeared before a number of boards and tribunals such as the Ontario Municipal Board, License Appeal Tribunal, Canadian International Trade Tribunal and Human Rights Tribunal.

Representative Work

  • Provides advice and acts as counsel in multi-party construction disputes, contract interpretation and construction process.
  • Acts as criminal defence counsel, particularly in relation to prosecutions concerning construction and safety issues.
  • Provides advice and litigation services to large service and equipment vendors and municipalities regarding tendering/procurement disputes and the development and implementation of tenders.
  • Acts as defence counsel in professional discipline cases for engineers, actuaries, dentists and other professionals.
  • Has experience as lead counsel in major public inquiries.
  • Acts routinely in defamation cases both for plaintiffs and defendants, including acting for local and national media with respect to defamation litigation, pre-print review, access to court and publication bans.
  • Has acted extensively in cases regarding abuse and institutional responsibility for abuse perpetuated by persons in positions of trust and authority.
  • Advises publishers and provides media relations and strategic media advice to clients involved in public litigation or other publicly sensitive issues.
  • Judicial review of federal and provincial government action as well as concerning the conduct of federal and provincial entities, both before the Ontario Divisional Court and the Federal Court of Canada.
  • Appears before the Ontario Special Education Appeal Board and the Ontario Special Education Tribunal with respect to the educational rights of disabled children.

Publications & Presentations

  • Has published a variety of papers and delivered presentations to various groups, particularly in the areas of defamation, professional liability and disability rights.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2015) of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Litigation Star (Construction).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition (and since 2011) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Public Procurement Law).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Construction) and in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 (Professional Liability).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
  • Honoured by receiving the 2010 Lexpert Gold Litigation Change Agent Award in recognition of his significant contribution to the advancement of the rights of disabled children in Ontario through litigation.