Canada: Franchise 2018

In this chapter we feature 39 practitioners who draw widespread praise for their strong track record advising franchisors and franchisees on an array of related matters including agreements and distribution.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Larry Weinberg Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Toronto
2. Jennifer Dolman Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto
3. Peter V Snell Gowling WLG, Vancouver
4. Andraya Frith Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto

Franchise specialist Sotos is a leading firm in the area, and sees six practitioners listed here.
Allan Dick is a “very strong” franchising expert who specialises in litigating franchise disputes. His experience in trials and appeals wins him respect from peers, who describe him as a "prominent franchise litigator”.
Peter Viitre impresses peers with his broad knowledge of franchising issues that allows him to comprehensively counsel clients on matters such as compliance, disclosure documents and franchisee relations.
John Sotos is highly experienced in the franchise field in both transactional and dispute resolution matters. He focuses his first-class practice on a range of matters including merging competing systems, regulatory issues and international transactional concerns.
John Yiokaris boasts a strong practice and is commended for his in-depth knowledge on matters such as franchise agreements, disclosure documents and workouts.
David Sterns is a well-established litigator who specialises in class action and commercial cases and is highly respected for his expertise in handling complex franchise disputes.
Arthur Trebilcock has spent over three decades of experience working the field of franchise law and impresses sources with his knowledge of structuring franchise systems, registration and disclosure documents.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell achieves five nominations in this chapter.
Larry Weinberg is a leading franchise expert who has extensive experience advising clients on all matter of franchise issues from licensing to intellectual property. Peers praise his “excellent understanding of the field”.
Geoffrey Shaw is an outstanding franchise litigator who impresses peers not only for his work in trials and appeals, but in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He is particularly noted for his work on class action matters.
Derek Ronde is a first-rate litigator who is recognised for his work on franchise class action proceedings. Sources consider him “a bright practitioner who really knows what he’s doing”.
Frank Robinson impresses with his abilities in the franchise space, advising clients on matters such as system structuring, regulatory concerns and compliance.
Stéphane Teasdale draws high praise from sources for his excellent work handling litigation and transactional issues in the franchise space. He frequently advises clients on issues including franchise expansion, structuring and related IP matters.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt sees three individuals listed.
Jennifer Dolman is “an excellent practitioner” and expert commercial litigator with a focus on franchise disputes. She is commended by peers who consider her “a tough and well-known defence-side litigator”.
Andraya Frith is a leader in the franchise field noted for her “excellent work” advising clients on sophisticated franchising and distribution matters. One source comments, “She is in a class of her own.”
Dominic Mochrie is recognised for his business-minded approach to advising clients of all sizes in the franchise space, counselling them on matters that include franchise creation, structuring and M&A deals.

Adam Ship of McCarthy Tétrault excels in both contentious and non-contentious work, and impresses sources who state that he is “an excellent litigator” and an “extremely bright and sharp lawyer”.

Edward Levitt at Dickinson Wright is described by sources as “an excellent practitioner" who is a "well-established player" in the field. They praise his extensive expertise and experience in the franchise space.

McInnes Cooper’s Michael Melvin is an impressive franchise practitioner who draws praise for his advisory work in counselling clients on topics such as franchise disclosure documents, structuring and expansion strategies. One source notes he is “a leader in the market”.

Peter Snell is “highly recommended” as a “top guy” who “really knows what he’s doing”, according to impressed sources. He continues to be known as aone of the top franchise lawyers in Canada, with superb expertise on intellectual property-related issues.

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