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John F. Rook Q.C.

Partner

Leading Canadian Competition and Antitrust Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.4885

John Rook is recognized by Chambers Global as "among the most sought-after competition litigators in Canada" and has appeared before the courts of a number of provinces, the federal courts and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before the Competition Tribunal, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the National Energy Board, the Manitoba Public Utilities Board and the Ontario Energy Board, among others.

John acts as counsel in commercial disputes, including claims for breach of contract, negligence and product liability claims, claims for breach of fiduciary duties as well as various administrative law proceedings.

John is also active as counsel in both civil and criminal proceedings under the Competition Act in class actions as well as other specialized administrative and regulatory matters, including securities, telecommunications and energy law disputes.

He writes extensively in his areas of expertise and is a frequent speaker.

In the community, John is a director on the Board of St. Andrew's College and Chair of the Board of the St. Andrew's College Foundation.

Select Experience

  • Commissioner of Competition in connection with an application to require the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) to amend its policies and procedures and rules to permit its members to make sales and related information available to their customers electronically over the Internet.
  • Defence counsel in numerous criminal investigations including bulk vitamins, petroleum products, automotive parts and compressors, among others.
  • Defence counsel in several class actions arising out of allegations of price fixing in several industries, including auto parts, compressors, optical disc drives and batteries, among others.

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Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    John F. Rook Q.C., ranked, Competition and Antitrust: Litigators

    He is well respected as an experienced litigator with a broad range of expertise, including class action defence.
  • 2017, The Legal 500 Canada

    John F. Rook Q.C., recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Competition and Antitrust
  • 2017, Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

    John F. Rook Q.C., recognized as a leading competition lawyer

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