Torys has one of the most active public and regulatory law litigation practices in Canada. We regularly act in all levels of court in cases under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and cases involving federalism issues. We advise on a range of areas that involve public and regulatory law, from human rights to financial institutions, energy, and competition and foreign investment review. Our experience extends to judicial reviews and appeals from boards, commissions and tribunals, including the Ontario Securities Commission, the Competition Tribunal, the Ontario Municipal Board, the Ontario Energy Board and human rights tribunals, and many others.
Our lawyers have appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada on constitutional issues, including search and seizure of business records, picketing and leafleting of business premises, defamation and freedom of expression, school funding, access to therapeutic records in sexual assault cases and international human rights covenants. We act for and opposite governmental authorities in infrastructure, board advisory and governance and legislative initiatives, and make direct representations to obtain political and government approvals and assistance on policy matters, as well as on matters involving Investment Canada, the Competition Bureau or other government agencies.
Our clients in this area include business clients, individuals, public interest groups, governments, government commissions and Crown corporations—both federal and provincial—boards, and tribunals.
Members of our team have extensive experience in Canadian federal and provincial governments. This group of lawyers includes The Honourable Frank Iacobucci, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, others who have worked in government and with current and former parliamentarians, as well as those who have been seconded to work with federal and provincial regulatory bodies. Members of the team are the editors for civil cases of Canadian Charter of Rights Annotated.