H. Richard Bennett

Partner

Richard’s commercial litigation practice is all about finding real solutions for people with real legal problems. Whether the case involves contract, corporate, employment, bankruptcy, real estate, defamation, construction, securities or wills and estate disputes, Richard is up for the practical and intellectual challenge. He meticulously prepares for the unexpected and is always ready to find unique remedies to client problems. Whether acting for individuals, private and public corporations, or financial institutions, Richard genuinely cares, is ready to help and is accessible to his clients. Around the firm, Richard is known as a bit of a rock star for his very practical sense of the timing and strategy of litigation. Drawing upon the same patience and eye for detail that makes for creating a number one hit, Richard takes the time to carefully explain to his clients the legal process involved and the options open to them. Whereas many other lawyers want to immediately leap to a cookie-cutter solution, not Richard. He thoughtfully considers a client’s particular legal or business problem from all angles before recommending and executing a tailored and practical gameplan. As your trusted advocate, Richard has your back covered and your best interests at heart.

Expertise

  • Complex commercial litigation
  • Corporate and shareholder disputes
  • Employment litigation
  • Real estate and estate litigation
  • Construction litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency litigation

Representative cases

  • Colenbrander v. Savaria Corp., 2016 ONSC 441 – successful response to motion for leave to appeal partial summary judgment for share option claim
  • Whirlpool Canada Inc. v. Chavila Holdings Ltd., 2015 ONSC 2080 – third party not entitled to intervene in civil matter
  • Kiki Kapalua v. 1203840 Ontario Ltd., 2014 ONSC 6298 – successful at trial for arrears of rent owing by commercial tenant
  • Bank of Montreal v. Maple City Ford Sales (1986) Ltd., 2000 CanLII 22716 –
    actions were not struck as individual issues were not raised in earlier bankruptcy proceeding

  • Quick Credit v. 1575463 Ontario Inc., 2010 ONSC 7227; 2012 ONCA 221 – genuine issue for trial relating to personal guarantees on promissory notes

Education

  • B.A. (Political Science and Criminology), University of Toronto (1984)
  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario (1991)
  • LL.M., York University, Osgoode Hall Law School (2003) (Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution)
  • Call to Bar: 1993 (Ontario)

CONTACT INFO

647.288.3355

647.260.2218

ASSISTANT
Sharon Slimowitz
416.364.6211 Ext. 264


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