SOLICITOR & TRIAL COUNSEL REFERRALS STRICTLY RESPECTED
For lawyers referring cases to us, we strictly respect referrals, understand that this is your client you may be entrusting us with, and that your reputation is at stake as well as our own.
WHY SOLICITORS REFER CASES TO US
Much of the estates, property, business, commercial, criminal and family litigation we pursue is referred to us from smaller firm solicitors who believe that working with experienced and creative barristers they can trust outside their own firm is the best way to obtain superior results for their clients.
Two of the firm's four lawyers are solely devoted to litigation throughout Ontario. While two other lawyers of the firm do conduct local solicitor work, this is generally limited to the vicinity of the geographic location of our offices in rural Eastern Ontario, and does not compete with any referring firm's own work which is usually outside the region or in a large city like Ottawa, Toronto or London.
WHY TRIAL COUNSEL REFER CASES TO US
Many of the appellate cases we pursue - be they to the Ontario Divisional Court, Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, appellate administrative tribunals, or at the Supreme Court of Canada - are referred to us by trial counsel who believe that having someone else take an independent look at whether there are reasonable grounds of appeal or judicial review and having counsel who regularly conduct appellate matters handle the appeal or JR could maximize positive outcomes for their clients.
Trial counsel trust our broad appellate experience with numerous successful appearances in places like the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, Federal Court, Court of Appeal for Ontario, Ontario Divisional Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice (for summary conviction appeals), Ontario Court of Justice (for provincial offences appeals), and appellate courts outside Ontario like the Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal, and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal.
WHY COUNSEL REQUIRING BILINGUAL LITIGATORS REFER CASES TO US
Even counsel or firms who conduct their own trial or appeal work will refer litigation matters to us when seeking out fully bilingual counsel who are equally comfortable litigating in French or English. Although your own client may prefer to proceed in English, we understand that if one of the opposing parties chooses to proceed in French you'll require an intimate bilingual understanding of all documents, testimony and submissions. You also may recognize that even if the rules of court permit you to use translators for documents and questioning of witnesses, that may not be the most effective way to get the best result for your client.
Both Gordon S. Campbell and Karen Kernisant hold common law and civil law degrees, with Karen having completed not just her civil law but also her common law degree entirely in French. Gordon has conducted numerous trials and appeals in French. Karen holds a degree in French-English translation from the Université de Montréal in addition to her law degrees. They can ensure that every nuance of bilingual or entirely French court proceedings, whether they involve cross-border Quebec-Ontario issues, issues entirely in Ontario, or originate in the Federal Court system, will get the attention it deserves, and they can conduct incisive witness examinations and cross-examinations without the use of any translators.
WHAT THE REFERRING COUNSEL RELATIONSHIP CAN LOOK LIKE
We're scrupulous in maintaining contact and collaborating with referring counsel where desired. Retainers either with the client directly or with referring counsel are possible. Involvement of referring counsel to the degree s/he and the client desires in each case is encouraged, including having us solely provide an opinion on a case, drafting the pleadings to be argued by referring counsel, having a co-counsel relationship with referring counsel, or having us handle all steps of the case with the results reverting back to referring counsel.
WE OFFER REFERRING COUNSEL A NO OBLIGATION INITIAL CASE EVALUATION
Referring counsel are welcome to contact us for a no obligation chat about how a referral or collaborative relationship might work.