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Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Chris brings a creative, strategic, and practical approach to litigation. His wide-ranging experience and expertise encompass numerous areas of law, including corporate/commercial, securities, employment, construction, product liability, asset recovery, and administrative law.

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Ontario’s top court defines “material change” in securities litigation

In a pair of companion decisions released on May 24, 2023 (Markowich v. Lundin Mining and Peters v. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.) the Court of Appeal for Ontario respectively overturned and ... [more] Full article

Court of Appeal Confirms No Duty to Disclose Beneficiary Changes

If a client asks their investment dealer to change their account beneficiary, does the dealer need to tell the beneficiary? Firms will be relieved by the Ontario Court of Appeal’s ... [more] Full article

During COVID-19, Read an Overview of Canada’s Legal System

Chris Somerville, Partner at Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, co-authored the updated “Legal systems in Canada: overview” chapter of the Legal Systems Global Guide 2020, just published in the Practical Law series by Thomson Reuters. In this chapter Chris explains fundamental Canadian laws especially significant during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the federal Emergencies Act. [more] Full article

Legal Systems in Canada: Overview

The Canada Chapter of Legal Systems Global Guide was authored by Christopher Somerville and Wendy Sun, Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP. [more] Full article

Suing for unpaid legal fees (usually) not illegal, Divisional Court confirms

For decades, Ontario lawyers suing to collect their accounts have sometimes faced an obscure but potentially devastating obstacle: the Solicitors Act (Ontario).[1] On its face, s. 23 of the Act seems to ... [more] Full article