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Edward’s practice includes criminal, civil and administrative litigation as well as public inquests and inquiries. Known for his ability to craft creative litigation solutions for clients that may be dealing with complex or sensitive cases, he advises and represents both individuals and institutions including regulatory agencies and police services. Edward also acts for regulated professionals including lawyers and doctors and has particular expertise in matters involving fraud, the law of policing, electronic evidence, and digital privacy.

As counsel, Edward appears before all levels of court in Ontario, Coroner’s inquests, and national public inquiries. He has represented clients in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Edward is an experienced trial and inquest advocate. He was counsel at the highly publicized joint Coroner’s inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations youths in the City of Thunder Bay and is currently counsel for an institutional party with standing at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Edward was also one of four Stockwoods lawyers designated by the Chief of the Toronto Police Service to prosecute all of the Service’s discipline hearings arising out of the events of the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto. In that role, Edward successfully prosecuted a number of police officers for unlawfully arresting or detaining civilians. He also successfully prosecuted the Toronto Police Service Superintendent who ordered the mass arrest or “kettling” of hundreds of individuals throughout the G20 weekend.

In addition to his inquest/inquiry and prosecution work, Edward also acts as defence counsel. He has defended regulated professionals before the Law Society of Upper Canada and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Edward also acts for judges and adjudicators. He has been independent legal counsel to tribunal panels and served as supervising solicitor for the Superior Court of Justice monitoring the execution of Anton Piller orders.

Edward holds law degrees from the London School of Economics, the University of London and the University of Toronto. He has published articles in many international publications including the Law and Financial Markets Review (UK), the Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice and ACAMS Today. He has been a presenter for The Advocates’ Society, The Canadian Institute and the Canadian Bar Association. Edward volunteers as faculty for Osgoode Professional Development and is a guest instructor for Osgoode’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop (ITAW).

 
Representative Work
  • National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (2017)
    Counsel for an institutional party at the ongoing National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
  • Anderson (Re) [Joint Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nations Youths], 2016 CanLII 66257 (ON OCCO)
    Counsel for the Thunder Bay Police Service, Chief of Police, Deputy Chief of Police, Former Chief of Police and the Thunder Bay Police Services Board at a joint Coroner’s inquest into the deaths of seven First Nations youths in the city of Thunder Bay.  The inquest was one of the longest in Ontario’s  history.  After more than seven months of evidence from more than 140 witnesses, the jury issued verdicts and recommendations consistent with the police positions in all seven cases.
  • Toronto Police Service v. Supt. Mark Fenton (2015)
    Successfully prosecuted a Superintendent of the Toronto Police Service for ordering the mass arrest of multiple groups of civilians during the 2010 G20 summit.
  • Toronto Police Service v. P.C. B. Ardiles (2014) (#34/2012)
    Successfully prosecuted a disciplinary hearing convened pursuant to the Police Services Act alleging the unlawful detention and search of a civilian during the weekend of the 2010 G20 summit.
  • Toronto Police Service v. P.C. V. Wong (2013) (#09/2012)
    Successfully prosecuted a disciplinary hearing convened pursuant to the Police Services Act alleging the unlawful arrest of a civilian during the weekend of the 2010 G20 summit.
  • Toronto Police Service v. Steven Izzett (2013)
    Successfully prosecuted a high profile police disciplinary matter involving multiple counts of misconduct by a senior officer of the Toronto Police Service.
  • R. v. Nedelcu [2012] 3 S.C.R. 311
    Co-counsel in the representation of an intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • R v. JTI-Macdonald Corp. (2006-2010)
    Part of the litigation defence team that successfully resolved a multi-billion dollar corporate criminal prosecution against a Canadian tobacco manufacturer. This case remains one of the largest corporate criminal settlements completed in Canada.
  • IN THE MATTER OF AN INQUIRY COMMITTEE CONSTITUTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 63 OF THE JUDGES ACT R.S.C. 1985, as amended, into the conduct of the Honourable Theodore Matlow of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, (July 21, 2008)
    Supported presenting counsel at a special meeting of the Canadian Judicial Council which convened a hearing panel comprised of Chief Justices from around the country.
  • IN THE MATTER OF A HEARING ORDERED UNDER SECTION 11(15) OF THE JUSTICES OF THE PEACE ACT, R.S.O. 1990, c. J.4, as amended, Respecting the Conduct of Justice of the Peace Jorge Barroilhet, Justice of the Peace in the Toronto Region (February 28, 2008).
    Supported presenting counsel at a hearing involving complaints and allegations of judicial misconduct made against a Toronto Justice of the Peace.

 

Publications
  • Co-Author, Protecting Yourself from Allegations of Incompetence - Advice from Defence Counsel, Canadian Bar Association Immigration Section Annual Conference, 2016
  • Co-Author, Penner's Paradox Continued, Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice, 27 CJALP 69-80, 2014
  • Co-Author, Federation of Law Societies v. Canada (Attorney General), Case Comment, White Collar Crime Portal (UK), 2013
  • Co-Author, Penner's Paradox: Standard of Proof in Police Discipline Cases, Canadian Institute, Law of Policing, 2013
  • Co-Author, Disclosure and Particulars in Professional Discipline Cases, Osgoode Professional Development, 2013
  • Co-Author, The Constitution and Administrative Proceedings, Canadian Institute, Fundamentals of Administrative Law & Practice, 2012
  • Co-Author, Criminal Cases Involving Police Officers, Insight Information, Law Enforcement Services, 2012
  • Co-Author, Proper Uses of Investigative Information, Canadian Institute, Conducting Regulatory Investigations, 2011
  • Co-Author, Key Cases, Legislation and Issues in the Law of Policing, Canadian Institute, Law of Policing, 2011
  • Author, Watching Shadows: The Voluntary Regulation of Stored Value Cards, University of Toronto, 2009 (AAT MR55755)
  • Author, Networks and Blacklists Part 2 – Stored Value Cards in the Commercial Marketplace, ACAMS Today, Vol. 8 (3), June 2009, 16-19, 2009
  • Author, Networks and Blacklists Part 1 – Stored Value Cards in the Commercial Marketplace, ACAMS Today, Vol. 8 (2), March 2009, 12-13, 2009
  • Co-Author, Organized Crime in the City, Law and Financial Markets Review, 2 L.F.M.R. 4, 311-320, 2008
Teaching & Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, Electronic Evidence and Digital Privacy, The Canadian Institute Advanced Administrative Law and Practice Forum (October 25, 2017)
  • Speaker, Understanding Coroners' Inquests, The Canadian Institute Advanced Administrative Law and Practice Forum (October, 2016)
  • Guest Instructor, Osgoode Professional Development, Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop (ITAW) (2016 to present)
  • Panelist (with Sam Robinson), Avoiding and Responding to Law Society Complaints, Canadian Bar Association Immigration Law Conference (April, 2016)
  • Faculty, Osgoode Professional Development, IPTI Certificate Expert Evidence in Property Valuation Disputes (November, 2015)
  • Faculty, Osgoode Professional Development, IPTI Certificate Writing Expert Reports in Property Valuation Disputes (May, 2015)
  • Speaker, The Advocates' Society, Top Cases in Administrative Law (January, 2014)
Associations
  • Member, The Advocates’ Society
  • Member, Criminal Lawyers' Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Transparency International Canada
  • Duty Counsel, Law Help Ontario (Federal Court Assistance Project, Superior Court of Justice, Small Claims Court)
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