Peter has built his reputation as an industry recognized and trusted advocate over the course of many trials, applications and appeals involving issues related to shareholder and partnership disputes, arbitrations, securities, directors’ and officers’ liability, professional negligence, construction, engineering, employment, estates, environmental law and real estate development, as well as a wide variety of contractual disputes.
Peter is frequently consulted by board members and shareholders in regard to both public and private company disputes. He also regularly represents some of Canada’s largest law firms. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in a number of arbitrations involving commercial issues.
In addition, Peter has appeared before a wide variety of regulatory tribunals, including the Ontario and Nova Scotia Securities Commissions. He regularly appears as a prosecutor before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
Between 2012 and 2014, Peter represented the Chief Financial Officer of Sino-Forest Corporation in a class action and securities regulatory proceedings, which were the subject of cross-border court-approved settlements in July, 2014.
In 2017 Peter acted for the engineer responsible for supervision of the light rail vehicle construction contract which was the subject of injunction proceedings between Bombardier Transportation Canada and Metrolinx in the Ontario Superior Court.
In 2018 Peter acted for Albert Schultz, the artistic director of Soulpepper Theatre, in high-profile litigation involving alleged sexual abuse in the theatre industry.
Peter has also represented Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit in proceedings challenging its jurisdiction. He acted as lead counsel for a group of affected families before the Inquiry Into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario (2006-7) and for a citizens group in the Cornwall Public Inquiry (2003-2007). He was associate counsel for an affected party at the Royal Commission into Allegations Involving Sinclair Stevens, M.P.
Peter is a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, chairs its Professional Development and Competence Committee, and sits on the Litigation, Tribunal and Compensation Committees. He is a member of the Law Society Tribunal’s Appeal Panel and has written a large number of discipline decisions. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Selected List of Directors’ and Officers’ Liability Decisions
Peter acted for certain of the directors and shareholders of Coventree’s subsidiary, Nereus, in a dispute over control of the Nereus board of directors.
Peter acted for the CEO of Brackwell Corporation in an action commenced by a lending consortium alleging that the directors and officers had breached their respective duties to the lenders while Brackwell Corporation was in the zone of insolvency.
Peter acted for the Chief Financial Officer of Sino-Forest Corporation, in an Ontario Securities Commission proceeding and in a class action. In July, 2014, Peter negotiated a settlement of both proceedings under which the client agreed to a permanent D&O ban and agreed to make a payment of $5.6 million to the class action Plaintiffs. The settlement was approved in concurrent Ontario Securities Commission and contemporaneous court proceedings in Canada and in the United States.
Peter acted for the trustees of an income trust in litigation over control of the board of directors of Dominion Citrus
Peter acted for the directors of Continental Bank of Canada and was successful in getting them removed from oppression proceedings at an early stage.
Peter’s articles have been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario, British Columbia and New Brunswick Courts of Appeal, the Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Courts of Queen’s Bench, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia and the Superior Court of Quebec. Some representative articles include:
Peter routinely acts as speaker or instructor on advocacy topics at conferences organized by The Advocates’ Society and the Law Society of Ontario. From 2003 to 2015, he co-chaired a biennial Law Society program on Directors’ and Officers’ Liability.