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Across sectors, there are times when organizations require the approval of various Canadian administrative agencies and tribunals in order to further their mandates. When a stamp of approval is required, McMillan’s administrative lawyers combine a deep understanding of Canadian administrative law with a strong recognition of our clients’ business objectives and stand ready to pursue litigation when the need arises.

Our litigation lawyers have represented clients before a wide range of administrative tribunals, including the Environmental Appeal Board, Labour Relations Boards, Information and Privacy Commissioners, the Natural Resources Conservation Board, the Trademarks Opposition Board, the Competition Tribunal, and others. Should an administrative agency and tribunal act outside their scope of authority — either unconstitutionally or unfairly — we seek relief for our clients via judicial review. In the face of challenging government action, McMillan’s Litigation Group has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Our expertise is not limited to representing private-sector clients before administrative bodies. Our lawyers also act on behalf of governmental agencies and statutory decision-makers, advising them on points of administrative law and legal strategies to defend their interests.

McMillan professionals help clients lead by: appearing on their behalf before administrative tribunals; arguing judicial review applications and appeals of administrative decisions; providing advice on intellectual property issues; negotiating with tribunal officials; advising on the law and prospective legislative changes; dealing with expropriations and related matters.

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Adam D.H. Chisholm

Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Joan M. Young

Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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BC Human Rights Tribunal Questions Enforceability of Release

This bulletin addresses the enforceability of releases signed following a termination and reiterates best practices for obtaining an enforceable release.

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May 29, 2024
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Navigating the Boundaries of Legal Privilege in the Wake of a Cyber Attack: Lessons Learned from the LifeLabs Breach

In LifeLabs LP v. Information and Privacy Commr. (Ontario), the court clarified the limited scope of legal privilege in the context of data breaches.

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May 7, 2024
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Warning For Businesses: Companies Can be Liable for Tort of Bribery Even if They Did Not Intend to Pay or Receive a Bribe

Businesses with a duty to provide impartial advice must take steps to ensure the payments they make or receive are not later interpreted as bribes.

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Apr 12, 2024
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Transformative Change: Your Guide to Canada’s Breathtaking Competition Act Changes

We provide a summary of far-reaching Competition Act amendments proposed in 2023.

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Dec 5, 2023
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Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) Launches Investigations in Mining and Apparel Sectors

CORE Investigates Nike Canada Corp and Dynasty Gold Corp, but Declines to Investigate GobiMin Inc.

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Aug 16, 2023
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Canada Amps Up Enforcement of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and Regulations – Transport Canada’s Long-Awaited Administrative Monetary Penalties (AMPs) Regime Will Come into Full Force on October 3, 2023

Transport Canada’s long-awaited motor vehicle safety administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) regime will come into full force on October 3, 2023.

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Jul 6, 2023
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Settlement Counsel – valuable addition to the dispute-resolution toolkit

Settlement Counsel is litigation counsel engaged for the sole purpose of resolving a dispute or settling a case.

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Mar 28, 2023
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Canada Will Introduce A Foreign Influence Transparency Registry – Government of Canada Opens Consultations on the Registry Thru May 9, 2023

Public Safety Canada, the federal department responsible for national security announced consultations on a foreign influence transparency registry.

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Mar 10, 2023
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One Year On: Economic Sanctions Have Become a Primary Tool of Canadian Foreign Policy and New Russian Sanctions are Imposed

Canada continues to impose sanctions against additional countries, including Sri Lanka, Haiti, and Myanmar, and joins the G7 Enforcement Coordination Mechanism.

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Mar 1, 2023
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Broadening the Environmental Enforcement Toolkit: Ontario Expands Administrative Monetary Penalty Regime for Environmental Violations

Ontario is broadening its existing administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) regime for environmental violations.

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Feb 28, 2023