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Canada: Arbitration 2016

We recognise 42 practitioners in this area this year, comprising leading arbitration counsel as well as the most highly regarded arbitrators in the market.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Gerald Ghikas QC Vancouver Arbitration Chambers, Vancouver
David Haigh QC Burnet Duckworth & Palmer, Calgary
Yves Fortier CC QC Arbitration Place, Montreal
John Judge Arbitration Place, Toronto
Brian Casey Bay Street Chambers, Toronto
John Lorn McDougall QC Arbitration Place, Toronto
Henri Alvarez QC Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Vancouver
Stephen Drymer Woods, Montreal

Arbitration Place leads the way with seven practitioners listed this year. Yves Fortier QC is noted as a “splendid arbitrator” and a “household name” who is “the dean of the international arbitration community”. He primarily practises in Montreal but also regularly works in London and Toronto. John Lorn McDougall QC has “excellent international experience” according to sources and is particularly knowledgeable in disputes involving competition, energy and insolvency. “Leading figure” John Judge is also noted here for his expertise both as an arbitrator and counsel on a wide range of complex commercial cases, covering diverse areas such as insurance and reinsurance and shareholder disputes.

Woods garners two listings in this year’s edition. Stephen Drymer is cited as being “exceptionally bright” and is highlighted by clients for his expertise as counsel in sports arbitrations. He is also a seasoned arbitrator, handling a range of commercial disputes. James Woods is a “standout for arbitration” who brings nearly 40 years’ experience in commercial law to bear on disputes.

Gerald Ghikas QC at Vancouver Arbitration Chambers is a “highly reputed” arbitrator whose experience in commercial disputes covers more than 40 years. He handles both international and domestic cases.

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer’s David Haigh QC is a standout name in the area, with notable experience in diverse sectors such as pharmaceuticals, IP and energy. Sources are quick to note him as a “first-rate” arbitrator.

The highly rated Brian Casey at Bay Street Chambers is a “deeply experienced” commercial lawyer who regularly acts as an arbitrator on complex and high-value disputes. His expertise covers insurance, energy and franchising, among other areas. Also at the same set, Joel Richler is highlighted by sources as a “superb arbitrator” who chairs domestic and international arbitrations involving commercial disputes.

The “outstanding” Henri Alvarez QC at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin garners praise as a “leading counsel” in the arbitration field. He is also highly regarded for his abilities as an arbitrator.

Benjamin Greenberg QC at Dunton Rainville Avocats is an “incredibly seasoned arbitrator” who has vast experience in Canadian and international arbitrations. His expertise covers sectors including transportation and energy.

Earl Cherniak QC at Lerners brings over 50 years’ experience in litigation to his arbitration practice and has “seen it all”. He handles a broad range of commercial disputes.

Independent arbitrator William Rowley QC is “highly recommended” by sources for his experience in international disputes. His wide-ranging experience covers diverse areas such as competition, energy and insurance.

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