Commercial Litigation

Key Contacts

Cranston Donald High Resolution Image Donald R. Cranston Q.C.
Partner, Co-Head of Commercial Litigation
T: 780.917.4267
Stapon Grant High Resolution Image Grant N. Stapon Q.C.
Partner, Co-Head of Commercial Litigation
T: 403.298.3204
Swan Richard High Resolution Image Richard B. Swan
Partner, Co-Head of Litigation Department, Co-Head of Commercial Litigation
T: 416.777.7479

Our lawyers have appeared before all levels of courts and administrative tribunals in Canada, bringing to each case a practical and thorough knowledge of litigation, mediation and arbitration strategies, tactics and procedures. Our work has resulted in hundreds of reported decisions from provincial trial and appeal courts, the Federal Court, the Tax Court and the Supreme Court of Canada, and we have significant experience in private arbitrations and mediations including ICC and AAA arbitrations.

The disputes in which we act are as diverse as the clients whom we represent. From shareholder disputes, loan enforcement, breach of contract and bankruptcy litigation to libel and slander, professional negligence and energy co-ownership and royalty disputes, we bring extensive industry knowledge and finely honed advocacy skills to each file. We have represented clients in many precedent-setting landmark cases. For example, we recently acted for the senior bondholders of Stelco Inc. in connection with Stelco's reorganization under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) and the Canada Business Corporations Act, and for Hollinger International and the Special Committee of Hollinger International in connection with a proceeding before the Ontario Securities Commission opposing the privatization of Hollinger Inc.

For us, teamwork is key. We work closely with colleagues throughout the firm to provide the background and resources required for each client's needs, also tapping the resources of external experts such as accountants, forensic investigators, valuators and other consultants when necessary. Organizational skills are critical to the success of any claim, so our capabilities include expert document management, the judicious yet efficient use of cutting-edge courtroom technology, and the implementation of effective communications strategies to help clients win both in the traditional courts and in the court of public opinion.

Select Experience

  • Counsel to Sproule, a leading geoscience and engineering advisory in the oil and gas sector, in connection with its acquisition of Niven Fischer, a Calgary-based oil & gas consulting firm that provides technical, advisory and administrative support to the oil & gas industry. Read more
  • Argent Energy, an Alberta income trust that operated and managed oil and gas properties located in the U.S., in relation to the sale of substantially all of its assets in its cross-border CCAA/Chapter 15 proceeding.
  • Representation of Wood Group Mustang (Canada) Inc. in defence of an action commenced by Canadian Natural Resources Limited, relating to the failure of an underground emulsion pipeline in 2009. Amounts claimed are in excess of $80 million. Read more

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Band 1, Dispute Resolution: Alberta

    "We have had good experiences working with them and their partners - they understand our business well."
  • 2016, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence)
  • 2017, The Legal 500 Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked Tier 1, Dispute Resolution: Alberta

    "best in Alberta, "pragmatic and responsive"

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