Geoff R. Hall: Lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Geoff R. Hall

Partner
Toronto,  ON  Canada
Phone416-601-7856

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Practice Areas

  • Appellate Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Bankruptcy & Restructuring
  • Construction
  • Corporate Commercial Litigation
  • Franchise Dispute Litigation
  • International Trade & Investment Law
  • Litigation
  • Privacy
  • Public Law
 
Mailing AddressSuite 5300, TD Bank Tower, Toronto Dominion Centre, Toronto, ON, M5K 1E6
 
University McGill University, B.A., Gold Medallist in Economics, 1987; University of Toronto, M.A. in Economics, Connaught Scholar, 1988
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Toronto, LL.B., Silver Medallist, 1991; Harvard Law School, LL.M., 1996
 
Admitted1993, Ontario
 
Biography

Geoff R. Hall is a partner in the Litigation Group based in our Toronto office. Mr. Hall's practice focuses primarily on corporate/commercial litigation, and he also has extensive experience in bankruptcy/restructuring litigation, constitutional and administrative law litigation.

Mr. Hall's recent major engagements include the following:

· Leon's Furniture Limited v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner), 2011 ABCA 94: counsel in the Alberta Court of Appeal for the successful appellant in a privacy law dispute with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta

· Dynasty Furniture Manufacturing Ltd. v. The Toronto-Dominion Bank, 2010 ONCA 514: counsel in the Ontario Court of Appeal for the successful respondent in a case that narrowly defined the duty of care in tort owed by a bank to non-customers harmed by the activities of a customer

· Re Grant Forest Products Inc., 2010 ONCA 355: counsel in the Ontario Court of Appeal in an insolvency matter involving stakes of $10 million

· 1413910 Ontario Inc. cob Bulls Eye Steakhouse & Grill v. McLennan (2009), 309 D.L.R.(4th) 756 (Ont. Div. Ct.): counsel in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and on appeal in the Ontario Divisional Court for a successful oppression remedy complainant

· Kipfinch Developments Ltd. v. Westwood Mall (Mississauga) Ltd. (2008), 50 B.L.R. (4th) 233 (Ont. S.C.J.), vard. 2010 ONCA 45: counsel at trial in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and on appeal in the Ontario Court of Appeal in a case arising from the aborted sale of a commercial property; damages claimed were $25 million but they were assessed at trial at only $330,000

· TimberWest Forest Corp. v. Canada, 2007 FC 148, affd. 2007 FCA 389: counsel in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal on a challenge to the legality and constitutionality of the federal government's log export restrictions in British Columbia

· Toole v. Acres Inc., [2007] O.J. No. 1337 (S.C.J.): counsel at trial in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to a private corporation in the successful defence of allegations of corporate oppression of a minority shareholder

· International arbitration conducted in Dallas, Texas under Texas law (2006): counsel to a Canadian distributor of audio-visual equipment in a contract dispute with the U.S. manufacturer of the equipment

Mr. Hall is a widely published author and teaches widely in both contract law and trial advocacy:

· Author of Canadian Contractual Interpretation Law (LexisNexis Canada Inc., 2007, and its second edition published in 2012) the leading text on contractual interpretation in Canada. The first edition has been cited by courts over 50 times, including three times by the Supreme Court of Canada

· Currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto law school teaching an advanced contract law course

· Formerly an Adjunct Professor at Queen's University law school (trial advocacy) and Osgoode Hall Law School (advanced contracts)

· Guest instructor annually at the Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop

· Instructor at numerous trial advocacy programs held by the Advocates' Society

· Speaker on contract interpretation at the Canadian Judicial Institute's Civil Law Seminar: Contract Law held in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, May 6, 2009 (the only invited speaker who was neither a judge nor a full-time academic)

· Author of numerous scholarly articles, including:
- "The Unfortunate Gulf in Contract Law Between the Academy and Real-World Practice: A Review of Exploring Contract Law" (2011), 51 Canadian Business Law Journal 158
- "Two Unsettled Questions in the Law of Contractual Interpretation: A Call to the Supreme Court of Canada" (2011), 50 Canadian Business Law Journal 434 (presented at the 40th Annual Workshop on Commercial and Consumer Law, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, October 15, 2010)
- "Asset Backed Commercial Paper and the 'Intention of Parliament' in the Ontario Court of Appeal" (2008), 47 Canadian Business Law Journal 54
- "A Study in Reasonable Expectations" (2007), 45 Canadian Business Law Journal 150 (which was the subject of a panel discussion at the 38th Annual Workshop on Commercial and Consumer Law, University of Manitoba, October 3, 2008)

· Author of numerous other articles

· Speaker at numerous conferences and seminars

Mr. Hall holds a B.A. from McGill University (1987, Gold Medallist in Economics), an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto (1988, Connaught Scholar), an LL.B. from the University of Toronto (1991, Silver Medallist), and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (1996). Mr. Hall clerked for the Honourable Justice William Stevenson of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1991-92.

 
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The Burden of Proof to Rectify a Contract: The Ordinary Civil Standard Applies
Geoff R. Hall, January 7, 2014
Rectification is an important equitable doctrine allowing courts to rewrite contracts that erroneously record the agreement reached by the parties. The basic requirements for rectification are well settled. Where there is a mutual mistake, the party seeking rectification must show (i) that the...

Using Contract Law to Fix Tax (And Other) Mistakes: The Supreme Court of Canada Recognizes a Rectification-Like Remedy under Quebec Law
Geoff R. Hall, December 4, 2013
A taxpayer intends to undertake a transaction on a tax-efficient basis. But the transaction gets papered wrong, and the intended tax treatment is not achieved. Can the law of contract save the taxpayer by allowing a court to rewrite the contract documents retroactively in order to achieve the...

Towards a General Duty of Good Faith Performance of Contractual Obligations - Maybe
Geoff R. Hall, August 1, 2013
Courts in common law Canadian jurisdictions have been reluctant to recognize any general duty to perform contractual obligations in good faith. Such a duty is a central tenet of American law under the Uniform Commercial Code and is a central tenet of Québec civil law, which recognizes a duty...


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