Canada: Arbitration 2017

We feature 41 practitioners in this chapter, including leading arbitration counsel as well as the most highly regarded arbitrators in the market.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Henri Alvarez QC Independent Arbitration, Vancouver
2. Yves Fortier CC QC Arbitration Place, Toronto
3. David Haigh QC Burnet Duckworth & Palmer, Calgary
4. Stephen Drymer Woods, Montreal
5. Pierre Bienvenu Norton Rose Fulbright, Montreal

ARBITRATION PLACE performs well this year with four leading practitioners nominated for their notable work in the field.
Yves Fortier CC QC boasts “a worldwide reputation” as “one of the godfathers of arbitration in Canada”. One source effuses: “He is a truly splendid arbitrator.”
John Judge is a standout name in the Canadian market and is recognised for the high quality of his work as both counsel and arbitrator.
Ian Binnie QC is “a very prominent figure in the field” who impresses with his market-leading disputes practice.
Janet Walker draws high praise from widespread sources who describe her as “an excellent academic and arbitrator”.

NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT sees three lawyers recognised this year for their strong expertise in the area.
Pierre Bienvenu is widely respected by peers who commend him for his “well-prepared and diligent approach”. According to one respondent: “He is an excellent choice!”
Martin Valasek is internationally renowned for his expertise in the field, and focuses his practice on both investor-state and commercial contractual disputes.
Peers “think extremely highly of” Clarke Hunter QC who they consider to be a true disputes specialist.

Two impressive practitioners at WOODS are highlighted this year.
Stephen Drymer wins exceptional praise from peers, one of whom notes: “He is a very smart, organised and thorough arbitrator in addition to having fabulous personal skills.”
James Woods focuses his world-class practice on both litigation and arbitration proceedings, and is renowned for his outstanding work on major disputes.

BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS also achieves two nominations in this chapter.
Craig Chiasson regularly handles both domestic and international arbitration matters and is highly commended for his work by international sources.  
Robert Deane is a standout name in the market, according to sources, one of whom comments: “He is very smart, and can quickly distil complex situations and produce common sense solutions.”

BAY STREET CHAMBERS also receives two nominations this year.
Brian Casey’s first-rate practice encompasses the full range of international commercial arbitrations. He boasts over 35 years’ experience handling complex commercial disputes.
Joel Richler “really knows what he’s doing” according to respondents, who highlight his exceptional work as arbitrator.

At MCGILL UNIVERSITY, Fabien Gélinas is “very well respected in the arbitration community” and is recognised for his tremendous knowledge of the practice area.
Andrea Bjorklund enjoys “an international reputation” as a real leader in the Canadian arbitration market. She is known for her strong academic expertise in the field.

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR Henri Alvarez QC is “an outstanding arbitration practitioner” recognised as “a leading name” on the international stage. He is the most prominent lawyer in our research this year.

At BURNET DUCKWORTH & PALMER, David Haigh QC is “a standout arbitrator” and enjoys a great reputation as “a leader in the profession”.  

Gerald Ghikas QC at VANCOUVER ARBITRATION CHAMBERS is a leading light in the arbitration field in Canada, and is highly sought after by clients who consider him “an excellent arbitrator”.

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR William Horton is widely respected in the market as a go-to practitioner, “especially when it comes to complex domestic cases”.

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR John Marshall QC is “a well-known figure in the oil and gas sector” and is regarded as one of the leading arbitrators in the country.

INDEPENDENT ARBITRATOR William Rowley QC is internationally lauded for his exceptional expertise in the arbitration field. One source notes: “He is truly excellent as chair.”

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