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Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Arbitrator & Mediator, Toronto, Ontario.

Hon. Beverley McLachlin

Arbitration Place
Bay Adelaide Centre West
333 Bay Street, Suite 900
Toronto, ON M5H 2R2
Tel: 613-741-3002
Cell: 613-878-6490
Fax: Secondary-819-422-1179
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Civil/Commercial Mediation & Arbitration

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  • Practice Commenced2017
  • # of MEDS (as of 28/5/24)5
  • # of ARBS (as of 28/5/24)10
Current Practice


The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin served as Chief Justice of Canada from 2000 to mid-December 2017.

​Ms. McLachlin works as an arbitrator and mediator in Canada and internationally. She brings to those forms of dispute resolution her broad and deep experience from over 35 years in deciding a wide range of business law and public law disputes, in both common law and civil law; her ability to work in both English and French; and her experience and skill in leading and consensus-building for many years as the head of a diverse nine-member court.

​In June 2018 she was appointed to the Order of Canada as a recipient of its highest accolade, Companion of the Order of Canada. She has received over 35 honorary degrees from universities in Canada and abroad, and numerous other honours and awards.

​The 2,094 Supreme Court of Canada judgments in which she participated - of which she wrote 442 - and her legal writings and speaking, include a wide range of subjects in corporate, construction, financial services, taxation, contract, tort, other areas of business law, as well as arbitration and mediation. Her legal texts include, as lead co-author, the first and second editions (1987 and 1994) of The Canadian Law of Architecture and Engineering. It is generally recognized that the judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada during her tenure have affirmed Canada as a jurisdiction that is very supportive of arbitration.

​Ms. McLachlin also sits as a Justice of Singapore’s International Commercial Court and the Hong Kong Final Court of Appeal.

Case Experience

  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Competition Act
  • Construction
  • Consumer Rights
  • Contract Disputes
  • Copyrights
  • Disability Claims
  • Discrimination
  • Engineering
  • Family Businesses
  • Human Rights Act
  • Information Technology
  • Internet
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Military
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Dismissal


  • B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy in 1965
  • M.A. in Philosophy and an LL.B in 1968 from University of Alberta
  • Called to the Alberta Bar in 1969
  • Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1971

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Honorary Bencher of The Hon. Society of Gray’s Inn
  • The Hon. Society of Lincoln’s Inn The Middle Temple
  • Vice-President of The Law Society, University College Dublin
  • Honorary Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Construction Lawyers, and the
    International Academy of Construction Lawyers

Rates Information

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Language Skills

English, French

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