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Commercial arbitration

Arbitration is confidential, less expensive and less time consuming than courtroom litigation. But successful arbitration requires a legal team that understands and has experience with the process. That's where we come in.

Our team has in-depth industry knowledge and experience in acting as independent arbitrators or arbitration counsel in commercial arbitration disputes. This includes construction, employment, insurance, intellectual property, energy, power, pensions, real estate, securities and tax matters.

We’ll help you resolve your dispute quickly and cost-effectively.

What we do

Clients come to us for:

  • Arbitration services related to provincial and federal arbitration legislation and private arbitration agreements, as arbitrator or advocate
  • Negotiating and drafting arbitration agreements
  • Interpreting arbitration provisions in contracts
  • Advice on dispute resolution regimes
  • Enforcing agreements to arbitrate
  • Advocacy throughout an arbitration
  • Court appearances for interim injunctions, stays of court proceedings, appointments of arbitrators, appeals from and enforcement of arbitral awards, and more

What our clients say

"The team works together very well. They build on each other's strengths to provide the best path forward for resolving disputes." – Legal 500 Canada 2021

Representative work

Appeal of an arbitration award

Successfully struck an appeal of an arbitration award. (ENMAX Energy Corporation v. TransAlta Generation Partnership, 2018 ABQB 142)

$215 million UNCITRAL arbitration

Lead counsel to an Alberta fabrication company in a $215M UNCITRAL Arbitration involving the construction of a gas processing plant. The matters in dispute included allegations of gross negligence, allegations of improper fabrication according to regulatory standards, and delay claims of approximately $200M.

$96 million stay of arbitration

Counsel in successful application to have a $96 million arbitration stayed. (Canadian Natural Resources Limited v. Flatiron Constructors Canada Limited, 2018 ABQB 613)

Confidential arbitration with a joint venture partner

Counsel to a publicly listed oil and gas company in a confidential arbitration with its joint venture partner. The dispute raised issues regarding the operator's accounting and involved alleged damages of $70,000,000.

Successfully secured a stay of arbitration

Counsel to upstream producer that successfully obtained a stay of an arbitration for long delay.

$100 million arbitration dispute

Counsel to energy company in litigation regarding claims of approximately $100 million arising from the failure mechanically stabilized earth walls holding thickener tanks. Involved successful application to have a concurrent arbitration stayed.

Arbitration advice to a construction company

Counsel to a multinational construction company in an arbitration concerning the proper design of and construction of two electrical transmission stations.

Advice to individuals and companies regarding employment and labour arbitrations

Counsel in individual, group, policy and interest grievance arbitrations.

Advising an energy company in a billion dollar arbitration

Counsel to an energy company in a billion-dollar arbitration arising under a profit-sharing agreement.

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