Appellate Advocacy & Judicial Review

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Grosse April Image April D. Grosse
T: 403.298.4442
Leon Jeffrey Image Jeffrey S. Leon L.S.M.
T: 416.777.7472

When a case is set for appeal or judicial review, a team with a clear understanding of what persuades appellate courts is a considerable advantage. Our appellate advocacy and judicial review practice provides clients and referring counsel with specialized advice on all aspects of cases on appeal or judicial review. The group, headed by former Supreme Court of Canada Justice The Honourable Jack Major, includes a number of accomplished senior counsel and former federal and provincial appellate judicial clerks.

We assist clients and referring counsel in a manner most appropriate to them and to the extent they desire. Where requested, we offer litigation and trial strategies to protect appellate rights, and review the feasibility of potential appeals. Our expertise and experience in a broad range of commercial and regulatory issues allows us to be of particular assistance in developing substantive and procedural appeal arguments, preparing proper appeal books (including electronic appeals), drafting facta, and crafting effective oral arguments. We advance and oppose applications for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, and apply for and oppose applications for intervener status.

Where trial and hearing counsel remain involved, we work cooperatively with them to ensure that clients benefit from both their case-specific knowledge and from the fresh perspective and expertise of our appellate group.

Select Experience

  • Alberta Provincial Court Judges' Association with respect to a constitutional case before the Supreme Court of Canada regarding judicial independence. Provincial Court Judges (No. 2) (1998), 155 D.L.R. (4th) 1 (S.C.C.)
  • Archean Energy Ltd., in connection with their appeal of a judgment which awarded two former officers damages for wrongful dismissal as well as substantial monies on a stock option agreement. The Court of Appeal reversed the lower court decision, finding that the plaintiffs had not been constructively dismissed. The amounts payable under the stock option agreement were also significantly reduced. 2007 ABCA 385
  • ATCO Gas and Pipelines Ltd., in connection with the Supreme Court of Canada's 2006 landmark decision defending utility property rights against regulatory confiscation. ATCO Gas Pipelines Ltd. v. Alberta (Energy Utilities Board), 2006 SCC 4

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