Paul Chiswell

Practice Focus

  • Commercial & General Litigation
    • Broad experience in complex business disputes and high-stakes business litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
    • Represents shareholders, directors and officers in corporate disputes and oppression actions, including matters of breaches of shareholder agreements, breaches of trust, breaches of fiduciary duties, taking of corporate opportunities and share valuations
  • Securities Litigation
    • Acts in wide range of corporate and securities litigation, including in Canadian Securities Commission investigations and hearings and claims against investment dealers
  • Energy Litigation
    • Acts in a wide range of energy-related disputes, including oil & gas lease interpretation and operator disputes
  • Court and Appellate Experience
    • Appearances before trial and appellate courts in Alberta and the Supreme Court of Canada, and other tribunals, including the Alberta Securities Commission and the Law Society of Alberta

Practice Areas


  • University of Oxford, Bachelor of Civil Law (with Distinction), 2012
  • Law Clerk, Court of Appeal of Alberta, 2010
  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws (with Distinction and Silver Medal in Law), 2010
  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction), 2007

Bar Admission

  • Alberta 2011

Professional Associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association

Honours & Recognition

  • Peter Carter Scholarship for postgraduate study in law at Wadham College, University of Oxford, 2011
  • Viscount Bennett Scholarship for postgraduate study in law awarded by the Law Society of Alberta, 2011
  • William Morrow Essay Prize (first prize) awarded by the Alberta Law Review, 2010
  • Lou Hyndman Award for community leadership awarded by the University of Alberta, 2009-2010

Representative Cases

  • Heritage Capital Corp. v. Equitable Trust Co., 2016 SCC 19: Successful leave application and appeal to Supreme Court of Canada concerning the proper legal characterization of the right to payments from the City of Calgary regarding a designated heritage building and the priority of security interests under the Personal Property Security Act
  • Re Perpetual Energy Inc., 2016 ABASC 2: Successful defence of a cease trade order application and appeal from an Alberta Securities Commission endorsement of a $25 million backstopped rights offering.