Canadian Lawyer InHouse

August/September 2021

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24 FEATURE Adair Goldblatt Bieber LLP Toronto | Adair Goldblatt Bieber was founded in 2018 and has quickly earned the reputation among its peers as a top boutique. The firm acts for public corporations, private companies, professionals, public officials, regulatory bodies, public interest organizations and individuals involved in complex litigation. The firm recently acted in a case that confirmed the limited scope in reviews of arbitral awards. In Alectra Utilities v. Solar Power Networks, the firm's clients were successful in arbitration, winning more than $14 million in damages. The opposing party then challenged the arbitrators' jurisdiction, winning at the court in the first instance. But the Ontario Court of Appeal then reversed that decision and restored the award. "The decision is important insofar as it clarifies the limited nature of a jurisdictional challenge as opposed to an attack on the merits of the decision couched in terms of jurisdiction," says partner Simon Bieber. CFM Lawyers LLP Vancouver | CFM Lawyers is rooted in the belief that the civil justice system should hold powerful corporations, governments and individuals accountable for harmful conduct. The firm represents the victims of that harmful conduct. CFM is known for its expertise in aviation accident litigation, class action lawsuits, competition law, and product liability. CFM's lawyers handle complex legal issues and have expertise in international law and procedure; they often take on ground-breaking cases involving international human rights abuses and other social justice matters. The firm recently led a forced labour case against Nevsun Resources Inc., resulting in a landmark human rights decision from the Supreme Court of Canada. The SCC ruled that Canadian companies may be held account- able for human rights abuses under customary international law. CFM has litigated and resolved many of Canada's most significant class actions and Top Civil Litigation Boutiques (listed alphabetically) recovered billions of dollars for Canadian consumers. In multiple successful appear- ances at the SCC and various courts of appeal, the firm has helped define key rules underpin- ning the structure of class actions in Canada and abroad. Among many cases, the firm currently represents various governments in opioid health care cost recovery litigation and families who lost loved ones in the downing of Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 near Tehran on January 8, 2020. Hunter Litigation Chambers Vancouver | Hunter Litigation Chambers is routinely recognized as one of the premier dispute resolution firms in British Columbia. Counsel Bill Smart, QC, Randy Kaardal QC, Claire Hunter QC, Ryan Dalziel, QC, Mike Stephens, Mark Oulton, Brent Olthuis and Paul Heisler are consistently identified in peer-reviewed publications as leading counsel across various

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