Stockwoods handles disputes arising from advertising in civil litigation and regulatory proceedings, including proceedings under the Competition Act, as well as copyright and trademark issues within an advertising context.
Stockwoods has enormous experience in appellate advocacy across a wide range of areas. In fact, few firms have the depth and scope of experience in appellate litigation that Stockwoods does. We regularly litigate before the Supreme Court of Canada and routinely appear before the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Divisional Court.
Increasingly, civil and commercial disputes are resolved through alternatives to litigation, including arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution ("ADR"). These alternatives often save clients time and money, and the results are usually delivered faster and at a lower cost than through the court system.
Civil and commercial litigation is at the heart of our practice and covers a wide range of specific subject matter. Our lawyers are recognized as leaders in the field. Many of us act as speakers and instructors at professional advocacy seminars and training and as faculty at trial practice courses at Ontario law schools, including the University of Toronto Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School and Queen's University Faculty of Law.
We have the expertise and capacity to manage even the most difficult class action proceedings. Our lawyers are at the forefront in the increasing volume of securities class actions, including acting for defendants in a number of ongoing, high-profile matters. Our practice has also included defending constitutional and restitutionary claims on behalf of government entities.
Stockwoods represents companies and individuals subject to investigations and proceedings under the Competition Act, as well as in litigation commenced by private parties as authorized by that legislation.
Constitutional law issues, including Charter of Rights issues, federalism disputes and Human Rights Code litigation, can arise across a range of practice areas and in a variety of forums. Our expertise in this area reflects the diversity of our public law practice, and we regularly employ this expertise in all forms of litigation across our core practice areas.
Stockwoods has provided confidential advice and representation to major corporations, their directors and officers, and other individuals facing possible criminal law exposure, often in a commercial context. Our lawyers have also been retained to act as counsel or to offer expert advice in numerous sensitive or problematic cases by Crown prosecution services across Canada, as well as to police services requiring independent advice.
Several of our partners have experience and knowledge gained from their distinguished practice as Crown counsel in both civil and criminal matters. We have acted on matters involving the Crown and its subordinate agencies and officers in actions involving procurement practices, breach of contract, tenders and requests for proposals, negligent regulation, malicious prosecution, and in class action litigation.
Stockwoods regularly assists clients in resolving environmental litigation arising from commercial and private properties. Some of our lawyers have acted as Crown counsel, including in environmental enforcement matters, which provides essential insights and judgment on how to deal with inspectors and other regulators in an evolving dispute.
Stockwoods has been handling cases in health law for over thirty years. This broad practice area includes private litigation involving patients, health providers and hospitals, as well as administrative matters related to the regulation, supervision and discipline of health practitioners.
Stockwoods has long maintained a strong reputation and practice in seeking and resisting injunctions and similar extraordinary orders. Our founding partner, David Stockwood, Q.C., authored a leading practice manual on the law of injunctions, and our partner Christopher Wirth is the author of a related treatise on interlocutory proceedings.
Stockwoods lawyers have been involved in ground-breaking pharmaceutical cases, national and international trademark infringement disputes, and high-profile copyright issues in the Federal and Provincial Superior Courts and in the Supreme Court of Canada.
We have repeatedly been involved in both civil and criminal proceedings involving gathering evidence in Canada for use in foreign courts.
We have acted for some of Canada's largest unions, but we have also advised management and government on labour law issues.
Our lawyers regularly represent clients on legal issues affecting the media and communications industries.
Stockwoods has unique expertise in litigating national security issues. We have acted in a variety of difficult matters related to government secrecy, surveillance, torture and information sharing.
When professionals face civil litigation, we are well positioned to defend their interests with sensitivity to the applicable standards of practice, as well as the risk of subsequent regulatory and reputation exposure.
Very few Canadian law firms, if any, bring the depth of experience to public inquiries and Royal commissions that Stockwoods does. We have been counsel on many of the highest-profile public inquiries of the last decade, serving in a variety of roles.
We remain at the forefront of legal developments in this area, both in the cases we undertake and in legal research and education. Our lawyers regularly speak at professional conferences on current issues in administrative law. Three of our lawyers teach administrative law at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Search and seizure problems arise in criminal, regulatory and civil contexts and, whether poorly or properly managed, can dominate and define the outcome of proceedings. Our lawyers have the judgment and experience to mitigate these issues before they get out of hand.
Our securities practice encompasses both regulatory and quasi-criminal proceedings launched by securities authorities, as well as civil and class action litigation.
We have acted in trials and appeals in significant corporate law cases under the Business Corporations Act and the Partnerships Act, as well as disputes involving complex corporate relationships.