Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96
Canada’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, dies at the age of 96 after reigning for 70 years. Having celebrated her Platinum Jubilee earlier in 2022, Elizabeth II was head of state for almost half of Canada’s existence as a country. Upon her death, King Charles III immediately became the new head of state, the seventh since Confederation.
WeirFoulds congratulates Denise Baker and Wayne Egan on being appointed Co-Managing Partners
WeirFoulds LLP is pleased to announce that the partnership has appointed Denise Baker and Wayne Egan as Co-Managing Partners, effective July 1, 2022. Wayne has acted as the Managing Partner since he was appointed to the position in 2018.
Antigua and Barbuda overturn anti-LGBTQ laws
On July 5, 2022, Antigua and Barbuda’s High Court of Justice declared laws which criminalize consensual, private, same-sex intimacy between adults to be unconstitutional. Nadia Chiesa and WeirFoulds LLP worked as part of a team of lawyers from across the Caribbean dedicated to social justice to support ECADE in this litigation.
WeirFoulds receives the 2022 Ontario Law Firm of the Year Award
WeirFoulds is recognized as “Ontario Law Firm of the Year” by the Canadian Law Awards. The in-person Awards Gala took place on May 19, 2022 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Firms are considered based on the quality, qualifications, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed by their lawyers throughout the 2021 calendar year. This is the second time that WeirFoulds has been recognized with this award, previously receiving the honour in 2020.
Russian Invasion of Ukraine
On February 24, 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine, escalating years of conflict between the two countries and triggering a worldwide humanitarian crisis.
WeirFoulds Subrogation & Recovery Group Successfully Upholds $24.3 Million Trial Award for Oil Pipeline Leaks
In a 2-1 decision, the majority for the Alberta Court of Appeal very recently upheld a decision rendered by Justice Marriott of the Alberta Court of King’s Bench, which award our client, ISH Energy Ltd., damages in excess of $24 million against its pipeline contract operator, Weber Contract Service Inc. for breach of contract and negligence in the maintenance and operation of an oil field.
215 Graves Discovered at Site of Former Residential School
WeirFoulds mourned the discovery of what is believed to be the graves of 215 Indigenous children. The discovery is a horrifying and distressing reminder of the legacy of residential schools in Canada, the presence of overt anti-Indigenous racism throughout Canadian history, and the ongoing systematic discrimination faced by Indigenous communities today.
Marie-Andrée Vermette is appointed as Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario
Former Partner Marie-Andrée Vermette is appointed as Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario (Toronto).
Marie-Andrée was a partner at WeirFoulds for almost 20 years and Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group for four years. She was involved in some of the most publicized and sophisticated corporate/commercial disputes, class actions, and public law cases
WeirFoulds mourns the loss of Barnet Kussner
WeirFoulds mourns the sudden and tragic passing of Partner, friend and colleague, Barnet Kussner (“Barney”). Barney passed away on the evening of February 14, 2021.
In 1989, Barney joined the firm as an articling student. Following his Call to the Ontario Bar in 1991, he became a foundational member of our Municipal Law Group and went on to become regarded as one of the top municipal lawyers in Canada. Following 32 years with the firm, Barney will be remembered as a kind and generous man with a passion for life and his work, but above all for his deep love for his family. He will be deeply missed by everyone who was privileged to know him.
First COVID-19 vaccine administered in Canada
Canada’s first recipient of a COVID-19 vaccine was 89-year-old Gisele Levesque, a resident at the Saint-Antoine long-term care home in Quebec City. December 14, 2021 marked a historic moment some have dubbed “V-Day,” as Canada entered a new phase of the fight against the novel coronavirus.
WeirFoulds releases official statement on our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
On December 9, 2020, WeirFoulds releases its official statement on our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. The statement acknowledges that at Weirfoulds, we recognize that we need to advance and to demonstrate equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do, internally and externally. We have been working diligently on several key areas, and we recognize that we must do better. Our goal is to put words into concrete action through a number of specific steps described in our official statement.
WeirFoulds receives the 2020 Ontario Law Firm of the Year Award
WeirFoulds is recognized as “Ontario Law Firm of the Year” by the Canadian Law Awards. The virtual Awards Gala took place on October 6, 2020. Candidates for this award have offices in Ontario and offer a wide range of legal services. They are judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of legal work performed during the calendar year of 2019.
Raj Anand appointed Chair of the Law Commission of Ontario
Partner Raj Anand is appointed Chair of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO). The LCO is Ontario’s leading law reform agency. Its reports make recommendations: to make the legal system more relevant, accessible or effective; to simplify or clarify the law; and about using technology to improve access to justice.
WeirFoulds mourns the loss of Michael McQuaid
WeirFoulds mourns the loss of our Partner, friend and colleague, Michael McQuaid. Mike passed away peacefully following a period of illness due to cancer, which he approached with bravery and determination.
Mike joined the firm as an associate in 1965 and became a leader in our Municipal Group. He was a strong advocate with a deep understanding of municipal law and the development world. We are grateful for the contributions that Mike made to WeirFoulds. He is deeply missed by his colleagues in the Municipal Group and friends from around the firm.
Marie-Andrée Vermette co-chairs the E-Hearings Task Force
The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association, the Federation of Ontario Law Associations, and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association established an E-Hearings Task Force to work towards the expansion of virtual access to the courts during the COVID-19 crisis. Co-chairing the Task Force is Marie-Andrée Vermette, WeirFoulds partner.
The World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic, affecting millions of people and businesses world-wide.
International Women’s Day with the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin
WeirFoulds celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) 2020 by welcoming The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin as a guest speaker and recognizes the efforts of women across the firm.
Gregory Richards receives 2019 Catzman Award
WeirFoulds is pleased to announce that Gregory Richards, counsel and former managing partner and chair of the Partnership, was awarded the 2019 Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility at the Ontario Opening of the Courts Ceremony on September 10.
The Catzman Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate an exemplary knowledge of the law; integrity, fairness and civility; generosity of time and expertise, with a commitment to mentorship and/or legal education; and dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession. It is awarded in memory of the Honourable Marvin A. Catzman of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. It was created in 2008 by the Catzman Family together with The Advocates’ Society and the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism.
WeirFoulds congratulates Partner Frank Walwyn on receiving a 2019 Law Society Medal
WeirFoulds is thrilled to announce that Partner Frank Walwyn has been awarded a 2019 Law Society Medal (“LSM”) from the Law Society of Ontario. Frank was presented with the Medal alongside the other 2019 honourees at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony on May 22nd at Osgoode Hall.
The highest honour bestowed by the Law Society, the LSM was established in 1985 to recognize lawyers in Ontario whose outstanding service in the profession is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal community.
WeirFoulds congratulates Partner Sandra Astolfo on receiving the 2019 OBA Construction and Infrastructure Law Award of Excellence
WeirFoulds is pleased to announce that Sandra Astolfo has been awarded the 2019 Construction and Infrastructure Law Award of Excellence by the Ontario Bar Association. She was presented with the award on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at the OBA’s Construction and Infrastructure Law Section’s year-end dinner. Sandra had the highest number of nominations from her colleagues and peers, and is the youngest and first female recipient of this award.
The Ontario Bar Association established an Award of Excellence to recognize exceptional contributions by individuals both to the law and the construction bar.
John A. Keith, K.C., Judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
John A. Keith, K.C. is appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and a judge ex officio of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. He replaces Justice G.M. Warner (Kentville), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective January 1, 2019.
Justice Keith articled with WeirFoulds LLP and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993. He was an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group before returning to Nova Scotia in 1999.
WeirFoulds Congratulates Bryan Finlay, K.C. on Being Awarded The Advocates’ Society Medal
Bryan Finlay, K.C. will be awarded The Advocates’ Society Medal at a gala dinner in February 2019. The Advocates’ Society Medal is the highest expression of esteem that the Society can convey to one of its members. This award is especially meaningful to Bryan because the Honourable John D. Arnup, K.C., for whom Bryan worked as a junior when he joined WeirFoulds, is an earlier recipient of the award.
WeirFoulds recognized once again as the top Ontario regional firm in Canadian Lawyer’s survey
WeirFoulds LLP is delighted to announce that we have once again been recognized by our peers and colleagues as the number one Ontario regional law firm in Canadian Lawyer’s 2017 survey.
Toronto Raptors win 2019 NBA Championship
After a historical run in the playoffs, the Toronto Raptors took the 2019 NBA Championship in Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors on June 13. Established in 1995, this is the first title in the franchise’s 24-year history. This was also the first time in league history that a finals game was played outside of the United States.
A celebratory parade was held on June 17, which travelled through Toronto’s downtown core and ended with a rally at Nathan Philip’s Square. It is estimated that the parade brought in an additional 2.5 million people to the city that day.
WeirFoulds congratulates Wayne Egan on being appointed Managing Partner
WeirFoulds LLP is pleased to announce that the partners of the firm have elected Wayne Egan to the position of Managing Partner, effective January 1, 2018. He succeeds Michael Statham, who has served as the firm’s managing partner since 2013.
Canada turns 150
WeirFoulds celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday.
The people of the United Kingdom vote in favour of leaving the European Union. Known to the world as Brexit.
WF voted #1 regional law firm in Ontario
The firm is voted by our peers and colleagues as the number one regional law firm in Canadian Lawyer‘s 2015 Survey for the Top 10 Ontario Regional Firms.
Sochi Winter Olympics
Canada has its most successful Winter Olympics on foreign soil in Sochi, Russia, taking home 25 medals
WF joins forces with Townsend & Associates
Effective September 30, 2013, the Firm joined forces with Townsend and Associates to establish a dynamic new municipal and planning law team.