Margot Finley: Lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Margot Finley

Toronto,  ON  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Appeal and Review
  • Class Actions
  • Securities Litigation
  • Corporate Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Public Law Litigation and Arbitration
University University of Toronto, B.A., History, Hons., with High Distinction, 2003
Law SchoolUniversity of Toronto, J.D., with Honours, 2006
Admitted2007, Ontario

Professional Involvement

•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Member, Ontario Bar Association


Executive Summary

Margot Finley is an associate in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and a member of the Commercial Litigation Group. Margot practises civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial disputes; directors' and officers' liability; broker liability; shareholder, oppression and other corporate disputes; class actions; and constitutional and administrative law issues, as well as securities regulation, including proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and disciplinary proceedings.

Margot served as law clerk to the Justices of the Court of Appeal for Ontario prior to joining BLG as an associate in 2007.

Publications & Presentations

•Co-Author, Costs Principles in Class Actions Are Not Asymmetrical, BLG Class Actions Bulletin, May 20, 2015.
•Mentioned, CCLA welcomes Supreme Court decision on assisted dying, Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Exchange Magazine, February 6, 2015.
•Author, Allegations of Insider Trading in Baffinland Dismissed, Securities Litigation and Regulatory Bulletin, August 2014.
•Author, Union Carbide v Bombardier: confidentiality of settlement communications, Arbitration & ADR Newsletter, July 2014.
•Author, Union Carbide v Bombardier: confidentiality of settlement communications, Litigation Bulletin, May 2014.
•Co-Author, Strategy for Defendants Facing a Leave Motion to Commence a Class Action Under the Securities Act, The Canadian Class Action Review, Vol. 8 No. 2, May 2013.
•Co-Author, “Assumed Jurisdiction in the Post-Van Breda Era, ” The Advocates' Quarterly, Autumn 2012.
•Author, “IIROC Proposed Rules Changes, ” Brokers' Report, July 2012.
•Author, “Underwriter Due Diligence, ” Brokers' Report, February 2011.
•Co-Author, “Proposed Canadian Securities Act - The Enforcement Provisions, ” Brokers' Report, May 2010.
•Co-Author, “R. v. Bryan: The Supreme Court and the Electoral Process, ” (2008) 42 SCLR 63.
•Author, “Limiting Section 15(1) in the Health Care Context: The Impact of Auton v. British Columbia, ” (2005) 63 University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review 213.

Rankings & Recognitions

•Received 2011 Lexpert Zenith Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, Pro Bono Team or Firm.

Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Represented a number of companies in defending class actions, including one of the fund companies in a securities class action with respect to alleged market timing activities. Acted for a number of institutional shareholders before the OSC and the court in opposing Magna's proposal to eliminate its dual class share structure. Represented a securities dealer in a regulatory investigation of asset-backed commercial paper. Represented a company in successfully setting aside a shareholder's rights plan before the OSC. Represented interveners in appeals considering whether the absolute prohibition on assisted suicide is unconstitutional and whether a witness may wear a niqab while testifying in a sexual assault case.

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Costs Principles in Class Actions are Not Asymmetrical
David Di Paolo,Margot Finley, June 1, 2015
In the recent case of Fischer v. IG, 2015 ONSC 2491, the Divisional Court has settled any debate as to whether s. 31(1) of the Class Proceedings Act, 1992, S.O. 1992, c. 6 (“CPA”) is intended to apply asymmetrically in favour of plaintiffs; it is not.

Canada’s Absolute Criminal Prohibition On Physician Assisted Death Is Unconstitutional 
Duncan A.W. Ault,Christopher D. Bredt,Margot Finley,Angus M. Gunn, March 13, 2015
The Supreme Court of Canada has pronounced its long-awaited judgment in the Carter proceedings that tested the constitutionality of Canada’s absolute criminal prohibition on physician assisted death. The Court held that section 241(b) and section 14 of the Criminal Code unjustifiably infringe...
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Margot Finley

Scotia Plaza, 40 King Street West
TorontoON M5H 3Y4

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