When business disputes occur, individuals serving as directors or officers for public corporations, private companies and non-profit organizations are often on the front lines of resulting litigation in an attempt to hold them responsible for the entities they oversee. Accusations against directors and officers can injure reputations and cause damage to both the company and the individuals.

We are experienced in defending directors and officers on a wide array of claims and we also act directly for insurers, handling coverage assessments and coverage disputes involving D+O insurance policies and monitoring underlying litigation for insurers.

Our Expertise

Our team is experienced in a broad range of issues facing directors and officers, and their insurers. We are regularly involved in complex disputes involving a myriad of activities, most covered under a D+O insurance policy. We have defended claims and provided coverage advice in relation to allegations involving breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence misrepresentation, fraud, insolvency, mismanagement and federal and provincial statutory liabilities. We have monitored D+O class actions as coverage counsel and defended insurers from claims for D+O coverage.

Our Services

We have represented directors and officers in various jurisdictions and in all levels of our court system. Our services also include representing professionals in the defence of disciplinary proceedings before their respective provincial institutes, societies and associations; and advising professional and regulatory bodies with respect to the application of disciplinary procedures.

Industry Involvement

Our lawyers are actively involved in a number of industry associations including:

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Networks + Affiliations

If you require advice on a jurisdiction outside of British Columbia or Ontario, we can call upon the expertise of our various networks and affiliations.

Through our membership in the ARC Group Canada Inc., we provide insurers and self-insured companies with insurance and risk-related legal services across Canada. This membership also includes an affiliation with Legalign Global, a network of four of the world’s leading insurance law firms. Through this network, we can respond directly and effectively to any global insurance claim.