Appeals and judicial review

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Appeals and judicial review require particular skills: intellectual rigour and extensive legal knowledge, the ability to synthesize complex evidence and, in particular, the instinct and experience necessary to identify and put the proper focus on the issues that can truly convince a court to intervene.

The members of our team are accomplished and enjoy a high level of credibility before the Québec Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, in front of which they have argued significant cases. We are often retained directly at the appeal stage to offer assistance to professionals having acted in first instance or to take over files and maximize the chances of success by reorienting the case.

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Representative work

  • Representation of Hydro-Québec before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Court of Appeal of Quebec in proceedings against a major pulp and paper producer concerning the interpretation of an agreement for the purchase of the electricity produced by a hydroelectric power generation plant, as well as the principles governing assignment of contracts in Quebec law (Resolute FP Canada Inc. v. Hydro-Québec).

  • Representation of foreign defendants before the Supreme Court of Canada in a significant case that, for the first time in Quebec law, establishes the framework for the international jurisdiction of Quebec administrative tribunals (Sharp v. Autorité des marchés financiers, 2023 SCC 29).

  • Representation before the Supreme Court of Canada of The Advocates’ Society, an association of litigation lawyers from across Canada, in its intervention in the “File X” matter related to a secret trial and the implementation of the informer privilege in criminal law.

  • Representation of the former director of the Sûreté du Québec, Martin Prud'homme, in judicial review proceedings against the Quebec government regarding his removal from office.

  • Intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in a group of cases that led to a major jurisprudential shift by eliminating a plaintiff’s need to first succeed in judicial review proceedings before being able to claim damages from the federal government for the losses resulting from the decision (Canada (A.G.) v. TeleZone Inc. and related files, 2010 SCC 62 to 2010 SCC 67).

  • Representation of the Republic of Iraq before the Supreme Court of Canada in an appeal regarding the scope of sovereign immunity of foreign states, as well as in a case concerning the extent of the power of Quebec courts to seize funds held in a bank account held in another jurisdiction.

  • Representation of Atlantic crab fishers associations in several judicial review proceedings against decisions issued by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.