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Canada: The front-loading of arbitral procedures

28th April 2017
John Campion, Gardiner Roberts LLP

Partner John Campion at MSI's Canadian law member Gardiner Roberts LLP, recently presented a paper on the laws and practice of international arbitration at The Commonwealth Law Association in Melbourne, Australia.

John has been a litigator, mediator and arbitrator for 45 years and has been a force within the Canadian legal community throughout his career. John is nationally and internationally recognised (Chambers, Best Lawyers, Lexpert, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell) as one of Canada’s leading senior trial, appeal and arbitration counsel and has been involved in many of the cases that have defined the interaction between Canadian business and law. John,  a four-time elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, an Emeritus Bencher, was President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, representing Canada’s 100,000 lawyers nationally and internationally. For 20 years, he was an adjunct professor of law and is an author and lecturer. He has been counsel before the United Nations, on three  national public  inquiries, to public tribunals  and to two Prime Ministers of Canada.

John has litigated, mediated and arbitrated large commercial disputes (energy, insurance, banking, mining, contracts, torts, professional liability, transportation, securities, competition) and delivered over 20 commercial arbitration awards as an arbitrator. He has appeared throughout Canada, advised and appeared in the United States, England, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, Italy, France, Germany, Turkey, Africa, China, India and Japan. John proposes an active arbitration and mediation initiative for MSI.

In 1956, the United Nations promulgated the New York Convention. It has been ratified around the world and is the most successful international treaty ever adopted. It forms the basis of enforcement of international arbitration awards through domestic, national courts. It has permitted business to be securely conducted world-wide. It has led to the world-wide explosion of work in the arbitration field- both internationally and domestically. As the court systems for managing commercial disputes have been stifled by delay and cost, arbitration and mediation has taken on a special prominence and sophistication.

John is of the view that these practice areas are ideal to achieve the twin MSI goals of co-operative learning and mandate development.

Read John Campion’s paper on The front-loading of arbitral procedures

About Gardiner Roberts LLP - Toronto

Founded in the 1920s, Gardiner Roberts LLP has grown to become a strategically placed mid-sized business law firm with a diverse client base which includes two of Canada's largest banks, several medium to large-sized municipalities, agencies, boards and commissions and other government entities, high tech and software companies, real estate developers, lenders and investors.

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